Abundant compilation of various Belgian TAPAS (13 tracks!), originally released in 1977 on Marc Moulin’s concise, immaculate Kamikaze imprint - a small project he threw together after dossing out some of the GREATEST jazz-funk (eek) albums of all time as Placebo AND just before he set his phasers to REVOLUTIONISE the world of synth-pop / electro as part of Telex! Christ. Must start getting up earlier in the morning. Anyway - what ye have here with “Noises” is, at least initially, a compelling mix of studio doodles from Michael Moers (also future Telex founder) as well as several concrete wonderings by Robert Altaber - taking familiar sounds and forming gristly textures that feel as earthy as the later works of Moniek Darge - these charming abstractions - interrupted by scattered, heart-stung folk songs - most namely Ilona Chale’s “Rester Dans Le Silence”. Proceed with caution!
For all of Side A’s curiosities - you really have to turn this one over to get the full dose - instantly find yourself confronted with the subtle inflections of Ariel Kalma’s “Aman” - a star-gazing flute-soup that moves with poise and purpose, a bit like a more meteoric version of Tibor Szemzo's “Let’s Go Out And Dance” - fourteen minutes of whirling wind instruments and kosmiche staircases for the mind to ascend. Maybe it’s a stretch, but at times “Aman” feels like a bleary-eyed, bedroom take on Reich’s “Different Trains”, but before you’ve had a chance to react to Kalma’s psychic MIND-YOGA you are cut straight to an extended offering from Moulin himself - a layered and looped, echo-chamber hallucination that sounds as contemporary as ever. AMAZING collection.