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Figures

by Aksak Maboul

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Max Sommers
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Max Sommers When a band responsible for one of your all time favourite albums (Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits) comes out with a new album after more than 40 years, the reaction is a mixture of excitement at the prospect, tempered with a fear of disappointment. Well, the fear was unnecessary. This album does NOT disappoint!! Utterly wonderful.
David Fenech
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David Fenech Excellent album. Very much Aksak Maboul. Nothing compares to this record (except maybe Sophie La Bévue that could feature easily on a Joseph Racaille / ZNR album - and that's a compliment). Favorite track: Sophie La Bévue.
euroman
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euroman It is a question of nostalgia...
Nonlocal Variable
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Nonlocal Variable Album of the decade, maybe last decade too. Beautiful, brilliant genius work. Glad you are back. Favorite track: Tout a une fin.
Michael Peters
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Michael Peters They were my favorite band in the 1980s - they had the funniest and wildest compositions. I'm so happy they are back with an amazing new album
The Belgian Mad Cow
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The Belgian Mad Cow What a great album this is. Everything that makes Aksak Maboul outstanding is there. Tantalizing madness to an utter hypnosis.

Favorite track? Dramuscule
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    includes a 16-page, 25x25cm booklet with detailed credits, lyrics (with English translation) and artwork

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about

The legendary experimental pop outfit returns with a brand-new record entitled Figures, written, conceived and produced over the last couple of years by Marc Hollander (founder of Aksak Maboul and of the Crammed label) and Véronique Vincent (former singer with The Honeymoon Killers).

Figures is a double album containing 22 tracks and interludes, resulting from the flow of creative ideas which arose after a gap of over thirty years (see the Aksak story overleaf). Drawing again from the multiple sources which have always inspired the band (from electronic music and pop to experimentation, jazz, minimalism, contemporary classical etc), Aksak Maboul transcends and reconfigures them with its inimitable style, to create an impressive, rich and unclassifiable piece of work.

Seamlessly weaving electronic and acoustic instrumentation, improvisation and programming, songs, beats, found objects and sound collages, the album works as a labyrinth, full of secret passages and interconnections. Figures clocks in at 75 minutes, thus deliberately shunning the laws of instant gratification and the myth of today’s reduced attention span: the Aksak Maboul aficionados will surely be happy to engage in an immersive session of deep listening (in two halves), in order to enjoy the album’s many layers and details.

Véronique Vincent & Marc Hollander wrote the album together, by following parallel courses with their own respective internal logic, while remaining closely connected. Enigmatic and finely chiseled, feeding on her love for painting and literature, Véronique’s texts form a dense fabric which mirrors the sonic kaleidoscope assembled by Marc, who wrote and arranged all the music (aside from a track co-written and sung by Véronique and Julien Gasc). Véronique also made the drawings and paintings which illustrate the cover and inserts.

The two protagonists recorded most of the album in their own studio, with contributions by the young members of Aksak Maboul’s current live line-up: Faustine Hollander (bass, vocals, co-production), guitarist Lucien Fraipont and drummer Erik Heestermans. Also featured are performances by several friends and guests, including revered improvisor Fred Frith, Tuxedomoon’s Steven Brown, members of Aquaserge (Julien Gasc, Audrey Ginestet & Benjamin Glibert), former band members (including Michel Berckmans and Sebastiaan Van den Branden), and several others

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released May 22, 2020

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Aksak Maboul Brussels, Belgium

The seminal, shapeshifting band came back to life after a 30-year gap, and now revolves around founder (& Crammed Discs boss) Marc Hollander & Véronique Vincent who, with a new line-up, have recorded and released an acclaimed brand-new double LP: 'Figures' (2020). AM was founded in 1977 by Hollander with Vincent Kenis, and the band’s first 2 LPs are avant-garde classics. ... more

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