release date: 28.05.2021 via Crammed Discs
Hector Zazou – Geographies – remastered edition – vinyl , CD & digital – out 28 May 2021 on Crammed Discs
Hector Zazou is known for many groundbreaking albums and collaborations, including the Zazou Bikaye LPs. Yet this orchestral suite originally released in 1985 showcases some of Zazou’s most exquisite compositional work, fusing a chamber ensemble, some classical and pop vocals, unorthodox production, and an ironical, affectionate take on early 20th century classics (think Satie et al). With evocative song titles such as Cine Cittá & Sidi Bel Abbès, and even a catchy folk-like tune (Vera C.), this album is a playful voyage in time and space.
The cover is adorned with a reproduction of a painting by Gérard Garouste who, at the time, was viewed as a vanguard of the neoclassical/postmodernist movement. More about that below.