DDAA Objet: When A Cap Is Raising
Jean-Luc André, Sylvie Martineau-Fee and Jean-Philippe Fee started DDAA (Deficit Des Annees Anterieures) in 1977. They are pioneers of the French experimental and indie scene, also connected with Industrial 80s music and audiovisual projects. Approaching music in a completely unique way, and brilliantly produced by their own Illusion Production label (with more 40 published items), DDAA was and is undoubtedly one of the most legendary groups of the French underground for the past 30 years. Their early albums are classics - the self-titled debut, Action and Japanese Demonstration or Les Ambulants (re-issued and still available on Klanggalerie) are a must-have for every connoisseur of usual music. They appeared on the compilation album of music by outsider artist Adolf Wölfli alongside Nurse With Wound and Graeme Revell of SPK. The 10" album When A Cap Is Raising came out originally in 1988 on UK label Big Noise in Archgate. For this re-issue, the band has remastered the music and added bonus tracks from the compilation album Objet, and other sources, some previously unavailable. Full tracklist: 1. Chemin De Pierre 2. Little Boy 3. Exploration 4. Kembou 5. Geisha Girl 6. Passage On Nihon Bridge 7. Territoire Interdit 8. Dig It's Dig 9. Pourquoi Un Homme Est-il Un Homme Et Un Chat, Un Chat? 10. La Roue De Bicyclette 11. Mother With A Big Cake 12. Driving My Car With A Cigarette 13. Fonderie Sablage 14. Sonorisation Par Le Sol 15. A Fond Les Manettes 16. Sous Le 5eme Rideau. Price: € 18,-/incl. worldwide shipping.
Altogether this CD spans some thirty-eight years of music-making. It may dispense with their earliest and wackiest period, and there is still much to enjoy here. Very little of what they do deals with conventional composition or standard techniques to play a guitar and drums (two of the ones they use a lot). None of this rock-like or even makes any sense, yet there is some great beauty here. From total freedom on one side and to attempt at a proper song on the other, in some cases, they even succeed.
(Vital Weekly, April 2022)