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D.D.A.A. (DEFICIT DES ANNEES ANTERIEURS) // DDAA - Action and Japanese Demonstration

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Fractal Records 333
Release Year: 2008
Note: re-issue of their first LP from 1982 (Illusion Production IP010), comes with 2 bonus-tracks from the same sessions and the rare MC from 1985 "Musique et Bruits du Bas Pa-Tat", incl.16 p colour booklet
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Endlich, die CD-Wiederverffentlichung ihres ersten Albums von 1982, dazu 2 Bonus-Tracks von denselben Sessions, und das 1985 erschienene rare Tapes "Musique et Bruits du Bas Pa-Tat"!

".... Deficit des Annees Anterieures or, in abbreviated form, DDAA; are one of the biggest names in experimental/industrial music. Formed by three artschool students (Jean-Luc Andr, Sylvie Martineau-Fe, Jean-Philippe Fe) in 1975, they are (amazingly enough) still active today, which I guess makes them the Rolling Stones of experimental music. However, in direct contrast with the Stones, DDAA have managed to remain a highly original sound unit over all these years. As new albums by DDAA are far and between (their last album was released a couple of years ago), this reissue of their first album from 1982 is most welcome. Originally privately released on their own Illusion label (who were also responsible for a plethora of vinyl and cassettes often in amazing complex handmade packaging), reading the sleeve notes to this can be slightly confusing. There is a lot of semi-intellectual talk of the Japanese Nebule, which is interesting and fun, but it isn't always clear how this relates to the music. Leaning heavily on traditional theorism (hence the title) and DDAA's imaginary travels to Japan, the music could best be described as somewhere between the Residents and a traditional Japanese band. Semi-acoustic string instruments are plucked and treated, there are trebly guitar intermissions and vocal chants with lots of room for improvisation and collages. This leads to nave-sounding structures, but listening to the music is still strangely entertaining and rewarding. The full original LP is reproduced here with the original Musique et Bruits du Bas Pa-Tat tape (7 tracks dating from 1985 and much in the same vein as AAJD) as a welcome bonus. There are two further bonus tracks from the original sessions. Despite the fact that the cover is printed on somewhat flimsy material and my CD came without any protective inner sleeve, this is, for once, truly an essential reissue by one of the most original bands in the experimental/industrial DIY genre. If you don't have the original vinyl, there is no longer an excuse for not having the music in your collection." [Freek Kinkelaar, Vital Weekly]

"There were bands like Can in Germany, Nurse With Wound in UK, The Residents in Usa, and there were Dficit Des Annes Antrieures in France. Formed in 1979 by 3 artists from the Beaux-Arts of Caen : Jean-Luc Andr, Sylvie Martineau-Fe, Jean-Philippe Fe ; DDAA is one of the leader of all the independent, experimental, industrial 80's French scene and also with their highly artistic, peculiar and thoughtful vision which is brilliantly illustrated by their own label Illusion Production (more than 40 references published). This undoubtedly makes DDAA as one of the most outstanding band of the French underground since the last thirty years ! Behind this radical and utopian group are three self-taught musicians of high creativity with a surprising and rich discography, around thirty titles released under all formats : vinyls LP, singles, 10 inch, tapes, cds and many compilations (some deleted titles are still very collectable today). From a post-punk-avant-garde-surrealistic music made by improvisations and collages, DDAA created an odd and captivating world, somehow naive but truly emotional. Eternal travellers from the imaginary (into space and time), after they ventured in Africa (1980), in the Maracayace land (2000), in the Russia of the Tsars from the 19th century ('Les Ambulants' 1984) or even with the French poets from the 16th century (Ronsard 1988), DDAA goes to Japan with 'Action and Japanese Demonstration' in 1982. And they will be well inspired by the land of the rising sun, so it's no surprise to see them, the next year, on the 'Paris-Tokyo' compilation and also in the Pascal Comelade album 'Detail Monochrome' (1984) on the track 'Pluie Japonaise'. First full-length vinyl album (Illusion Production IP010) and a cornerstone in their history, 'Action and Japanese Demonstration' is considered by many fans as one of the best DDAA's works to date. A fascinating album ! 10 actions and poetic demonstrations like japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), refined and entrancing atmospheres, drew and played by the 3 dadasts with synths, vocals, chorus, crazy guitars, percussions, rhythms box, flutes and noises + Bernard C and Marcel Kanche on sax. For a long time unavailable, this album is finally reissued on cd for the first time with 2 unreleased tracks from the same recording session + 18 minutes bonus 'Musique et Bruits du Bas Pa-Tt', a collection of 7 rare tracks from 1985 originally released on tape for the very limited Jean-Luc Andr's comic strip titled 'Mutants du Kwantung'.This is a dark ethnic report which brings you in the primitive southern China before Jesus-Christ. This cd reissue is an exact reproduction of the vinyl LP, and is packaged like the original in an heavy card sleeve hand fold + 16 pages color booklet with all inserts, texts and unreleased pictures (DDAA live in 1979!). Remixed and remastered from the master tapes, this gem is now available again after more than 25 years. 'Action and Japanese Demonstration' is a pure delight, a kind of improbable meeting between the famous artist Jospeh Beuys and the master of the ceremony Sen No Rikyu. Splendid!" [press release]