Exposé Online banner

Sebkha-Chott — De la Persistance de la Mythologie Chottienne en ??? Vélos
(Musea FGBG-4812, 2003/2009, CD)

Sebkha-Chott — Nigla[h] - Tapisseries Fines en XXX Scripts et LXX/X Trompettes
(Musea FGBG-4811, 2008, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2010-01-01

De la Persistance de la Mythologie Chottienne en ??? Vélos Cover artNigla[h] - Tapisseries Fines en XXX Scripts et LXX/X Trompettes Cover art

Sebkha-Chott is a band of wild and crazy young French musicians playing music that is so bizarre and unclassifiable that I do not know where to begin. I reviewed their second release Nagah-Mahdi back in 2006 and these two new releases (one is actually a reissue) are more of the same. De la Persistance was originally issued in 2003 with the word Sept in place of the ??? in the title. This reissue is re-recorded, remixed, and remastered. Whereas the original release contained seven tracks, the new issue contains, get this, 54 tracks! I think that the first 48 tracks all belong to the first song "49 – Bienvenue à Babylone" or "Welcome to Babylon" in English. Each of these 48 tracks is about 5 or 6 seconds in duration and the song itself sounds like multiple messages in French from a telephone answering machine. I do not know why they sliced and diced this song, but if you play the CD in shuffle mode you can get a real mishmash of sound bites that drives home the Tower of Babel and confusion of languages concept of the title. The other six tracks are a set of rather intense progressive rock, jazz, heavy metal, hip hop, and electronic music. There are two tracks with the same name "51 – Le Cirque des Enfers" and "55 – Le Cirque des Enfers." Despite the same title, the music is entirely different and I much prefer the "55" version with its familiar funeral music opening. Sebkha-Chott label their music Mekanik Metal Disco and I actually like this first release as it is quite listenable.

On the other hand, they seem to be getting weirder and more pretentious over time. Nagah-Mahdi was a bit hard to digest in one sitting. And so is Nigla[h]. For some reason, this disc contains a phenomenal 72 tracks! What adds to the confusion is that all 72 have names and there is no real way of telling which are new songs or merely continuations or parts of other songs. All of the tracks flow smoothly from one to another, be it seconds in duration or minutes. Once again Sebkha-Chott play piano, keys, violins, fuzzed guitars, sax, percussion, and guttural vocals to create their frenetic blend of heavy metal, klezmer, jazz, progressive music that touches on King Crimson, Magma, Zappa, Der Plan, and Urban Sax. This is definitely a release best taken in small doses. I really cannot imagine that these guys have a wide audience, but if you like to experience something completely different, you may want to check out Sebkha-Chott.


Filed under: New releases, Reissues, 2009 releases, 2003 recordings, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Sebkha-Chott

Latest news

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Iron Kim Style - Iron Kim Style – It starts out with a loose groove and wah-wah trumpet, so the first impression is of electric Miles Davis, though with more guitar and no keyboards. Later, as more diverse elements show up, that...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues