Tuesday, June 07, 2005

so young but so cold

At the start of the 80s, Spatsz (a former psychiatric hospital worker) and Mona Soyoc formed Kas Product in France and soon after start recording their first EPs in a bedroom on a 2-track recorder. In 1982, RCA release their debut, Try Out, to considerable press in Sounds, Melody Maker and NME where they are oft compared to the Slits, Soft Cell and Suicide. The difference being with Mona's theatrical jazz-styled vocals that are perhaps the french Lydia Lunch (but sang in English) or Lizzy Mercier Descloux getting strangled by Bjork.

Having already established themselves with their frosty combination of claustrophobic jazz and minimalist, disjointed dance rhythms, their second album, By Pass, finds Soyoc experimenting with even more stark, exaggerated vocals alongside a slightly cleaner sound. The band went on to tour Europe extensively with Tuxedomoon, Alan Vega, Minimal Compact, This Heat and more. Now, 20+ years later, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier has reissued the amazing first two records. Grab 'em over at Forced Exposure.

Kas Product - Man of Time
Kas Product - Sober

3 Comments:

At 3:22 PM, Blogger guanoboy said...

the percussion on man of time sounds like a tuxedomoon track...great songs, never heard them, though I'd heard of them. Her voice reminds me of someone...can't place it though...was she on the soundtrack for Fuck Your Dreams This is Heaven?

Hmmm...

thanks again...

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger heath said...

Fuck Your Dreams This is Heaven... dont think so! I dont have it though so I could be wrong...

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger guanoboy said...

wow...one you don't have...it's got tuxedomoon, minimal compact...maybe it's Niko Mono's voice that she's bringing to mind. She's on it. Great soundtrack, covers of Syd Barret, VU, Patti Smith...etc.

 

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