One of the coolest collections we've seen from the Numero Group in a long time – an assortment of obscure lounge singers and groups who played the Midwest scene in the glory days of the cocktail bar – not exotica acts or jazz combos, but instead the kind of warm and mellow artists you might find working in the dim corner of some shag-laden lounge! These are artists who were clearly brought up in a world of rock first, jazz and other styles second – maybe with a homegrown AOR vibe, but a lot more stripped-down and personal too. The package is very cool – designed like a matchbook cover from one of the clubs, complete with a poster of other matchbooks inside – and artists include The Do's & Don'ts, Jan Tober & Ron Satterfield, Richard Powell, Terri Schmidt, Tom Dae, Nick Gillette, Mike Munoz, James, Mood Mystics, Cleveland Jones, and Blue Eyed Soul. LP, Vinyl record album
A really cool project from Jarvis Cocker – a set that's inspired by the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch, with Cocker singing in French throughout – and at a level that really opens up his well-known love of some of the best pop modes of the 20th Century! Jarvis often whispers as much as he sings – taking a page from the book of Serge Gainsbourg – but the album's also not just a slavish rehash of French modes from the past, as some of the arrangements are a bit more contemporary – and offer up a a nice way to transform songs originally associated with Serge Gainsbourg, Dalida, Francoise Hardy, and other French singers from years past. Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier guests on "Paroles Paroles" – and other titles include "Requiem Pour Un Con", "Aline", "Elle Et Moi", "La Tendresse", "Dans Ma Chambre", "Il Pleut Sur La Gare", and "Amour Je Te Cherche". LP, Vinyl record album
Pierre Henry —
Malefices ... LP Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
A rare 60s soundtrack from electronic genius Pierre Henry – and a record that features some of his spookiest sounds of the decade! Side one is full of music used in the film – and much of it is very spare, with lots of low-end electronic textures – especially some of those sighs and whispers that Henry was able to coax out of his early equipment before anyone else! There's a few slower keyboard passages, too – but these are also pretty murky and dark as well. Side two brings in a few extracts from other larger Henry compositions – but with a spirit that certainly fits the needs of the record as well. Titles include "Theme De Catherine", "Scene De La Trappe", "Apres Le Mort", "Generique", and "Catherine Malade". LP, Vinyl record album
A special set of soul from legendary LA indie label Dore Records – home to some of the finest 60s sides on the west coast! Dore had a few key groups at the time – a young Whispers, and the excellent Superbs – but also cut work by some other great artists too – all with a level of care and class to match the best soul sides coming from New York or Detroit at the time! The Dore approach manages to have a sparkle without losing any sort of edge – careful production and instrumentation, but a real respect for the voices in the lead, too. This style works especially well with groups – as you'll hear on this four track set – which features the cuts "The Big Hurt" by The Superbs, "You Really Never Know Til It's Over" by The Vel Vettes, "Oh How I Love You" by Little Johnny Hamilton & The Creators, and "Nothing Lasts Forever" by The Natural Resources. 7-inch, Vinyl record