Geographies was one of Hector Zazou's first ventures into an odd genre he would linger in for much of the next two decades: the soundtrack for an imaginary film. Mixing in influences from all across the stylistic spectrum, Zazou leavens the ingredients with an overriding sense of calm and even languor, his moody scores possessing a warm, humid quality. The pieces here are performed by what is essentially a chamber orchestra augmented by singers. Listeners familiar with his forays into Afro-funk (for example, Noir et Blanc with the Zairean singer Bony Bikaye) may be somewhat befuddled at the classical restraint shown here.
"A study in sentimental strata… eleven fragments of a Lovers' Discourse…" H. Zazou's 3rd chamber music album for the MTM Series features electronically-reprocessed acoustic instruments, such as trumpet, sax, clarinet, and string quartet. Geologies is an unusual Hector Zazou album in that it is strings focused, albeit electronic music somewhat short of Zazou's usual quirks from his later period. You should bear in mind that it is an earlier album and as such shows Zazou still perfecting his ultimate and unique style with sounds and electronics. Following on from Noir et Blanc, this album is entirely different in tone, many longer notes, intertwining strings melodies and occasional use of some unusual harmonies.
Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner have a unique musical companionship. Both artists bred the '80s British music scene into pop candy delight thanks to Marr's charming guitar hooks while fronting the Smiths, and Sumner, whose ingenuous lyrical poetry pushed New Order's dance-oriented sound into the new wave mainstream. But since their musical collaboration began back in 1991, the duo continues to make music for themselves, uninhibited by current norms and marketing success. Twisted Tenderness, the band's third album, is certainly a vast improvement over their sophomore effort, 1996's Raise the Pressure. Twisted Tenderness steps back into Marr's talented guitar work: carefree, a bit rollicking at times, but in classic Electronic fashion. The obvious rock-laden riffs carry the typical synth-generated backdrops, and Sumner's cheeky lyrics are stylish and breezy.