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Friday, August 28, 2009

Hydravion, France ***REISSUED***

Hydravion - s/t. 1977 Cobra
Hydravion - Stratos Airlines. 1979 Carrere

Reissued by Cleopatra (USA) in 2016 as part of the Philippe Besombes Anthology

After a handful of dark, complex and remarkable electronic rock albums on the Pole label, Phillippe Besombes created a more accessible vehicle for his talents. Thus was born Hydravion. Each album starts with a slightly bouncy, disco tinged, electronic track - a style that was quite popular in Paris in the late 1970s. But this being Besombes, it doesn't take long for Hydravion to sound more Heldon than Chic. Each album features anguished fuzz guitar leads, bizarre interludes, alien voices and a whole lot of invention. Many folks tend to overlook Hydravion (and who can blame them, especially after glancing at the ridiculous "Stratos Airlines" space-suit cover), but give each album about 5 minutes to settle in, and you'll see these are top tier French progressive electronic albums.

These are albums I'm sure Mio would've eventually reissued, had they still been around.

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