I’m staying in tonight as i have no money (edit – this is not true as i ended up going out and getting squiffy with my mucker Louder). The nights in Iceland are now becoming loooong and entrenched. Out in the country you can feel very alone, with only the ghosts of the past and the hidden folk present to torment your soul. In light of this I’m in a bit of a giving mood this evening, something that has the stench of history clinging to its bony frame. For this only an artist such as Les Joyaux De La Princesse will do.
The work of French solo artist Erik Konofal he has been making music for nigh on 25 years and has worked with the likes of Muslimguaze, Death in June and Blood Axis. Each release is often a VERY limited run, with each copy itself a detailed handmade collectors item. It has become the situation that these issues ahve become valuable collectors items.
The music is a mix of original dark ambient and industrial compositions with samples of old speeches from French radio and classical works. Each release sonically tries to convey the ambience of facets of 20th century French history often from the ’30s and ’40s. Often things like the WWII resistance or the then Vichy government. But instead of glorifying or taking sides, it feel more like a musical history lesson as you receive whispers of past spirits coming to warn the present, like a French Leyland Kirby of the ’30s.
The is Extreme mood music of the best kind. So for this dump, you’ll be getting his debut release “Aux Petits Enfants De France”, and “in Memoriam”
Now if you excuse me, I’m off to commune with the spirit of the lost nation of Toulouse Lautrec…
You can try out Les Joyaux De La Princesse HERE