Exposé Online banner

La Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux — Le Combat Occulté
(Beta-lactam Ring mt047b, 1985/2005, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

Le Combat Occulté Cover art

This French avant-garde troupe has been around for a while, and though I’ve seen the name around for ages, this odds-n-sods collection is the first I’ve really heard of their strange music. Material from 1984 to 1993 is covered, albeit without details about what happened when – I suppose obscurity is their stock in trade, so I shouldn’t be surprised. The style varies quite a lot, from off-kilter chamber rock with marimba and sax to raucous noisy post-punk liberally spiced with insane sax playing and dissonant guitar. And like many groups in this general territory, the vocals are not generally what you’d call singing. There are whispers, shouts, goofy warbles, and all sorts of other noises, mostly in French, with a bit of Armenian, German, and English thrown in, as well as some nonsense syllables (what to make of “DadaMax Stellt Loplop Vor”?). It’s kind of like European RIO Chamber Rock crossed with Art Punk and Avant Jazz, a totally unpredictable conglomeration full of either bizarre humor or mental imbalance (or probably both). More suited for art galleries (and not the kind with landscape paintings) than pubs; and certainly not for everyday listening, but for those times when you want to shake up your own head a bit. Fans of the Residents, Renaldo and the Loaf, or Už Jsme Doma should find lots to like here, but if the odd bits of The Lamb Lies down on Broadway are your idea of strange, you should probably stay away.


Filed under: New releases, Archives, Issue 33, 2005 releases, 1985 recordings

Related artist(s): La Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux (La STPO)

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Naoki Ishida - Fazing Redust – Although one's initial reaction to this obviously low-budget recording (the hiss throughout is quite noticeable) of seemingly aimless sonic noodling might be rejection, the seven tracks herein do have...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues