Dominique Petitgand,10 petites compositions familiales (MKCD021)

1 – Le prévu—low drone that comes and goes; held accordion chord; balalaika* strumming. Over them, a woman speaking.
2 – En partance—younger woman. Long pauses. Accordion thrumming and some high pitched (falsetto) singing (also female). Older woman talking, then even higher high pitched, as high as only kids should be able to do. Accordion thrumming and an actual tune. Fade out.
3 – Par terre—One woman then another talking over a drone. One loud electric guitar-like strum, otherwise, some vaguely restaurantish** or factory-like sounds and an engine slowly ticking over.
4 – Comme tout le monde—seventeen seconds, though one second is silent at the beginning and five at the end. Eleven seconds, then, of electroacoustic Webern. These eleven seconds are worth the whole disc as far as I’m concerned. An exquisite jewel.
5 – On le retrouvera—strumming guitar and finger cymbals. Some very soft whistling, too, behind the voices of two women.
6 – Le visiophone oderant—Woman and child over what sounds like an old pre-electric sewing machine. Lovely mechanical, whirring sound at least. (Yes, it could easily be a wind-up toy.) And the kid is full of personality. Much fun.
7 – La tête le première—Merry Christmas, I can say no more. (I don’t want to spoil the surprise.)
8 – Quelqu’un est tombé—A hard, abrasive strum (very yum). And a nice tune in the accordion. And people saying “quelqu’un est tombé.” (I sent this to the webmaster to see if he could identify that tune. He could not, but he said this piece made his whole day.)
9 – La brosse à cheveux—And the girl talking. And a radio in the background.
10 – L’imprévu—*no, it’s not necessarily a balalaika. Just something about the way it’s played, I guess.

But should you buy it? In a word, “yes.”


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