- Fall Of Saigon - untitled -



Artist : Fall Of Saigon 

Label : Dark Entries 

Genre : 80's - Minimal Synth / Cold Wave / Indus. / Angst-Pop

untitled / 12" / DE-038

Re-issue the debut ep by Fall Of Saigon. The band was born in 1981 when Florence Berthon (Vocals), Pascal Comelade (Organ, Synthesizer) and Thierry Den (Guitar, Vocals) met at a concert in Montpellier, France. They chose to the name the project Fall Of Saigon after a song by UK post-punk act This Heat. They self-released their debut ep in 1983 citing Nico & The Velvet Underground, Suicide and James Joyce as influences. At the time the band formed, Pascal Comelade was an accomplished musician with instrumental sketches composed for the trio. The 6 songs on the ep were recorded in 2 stages. "She Leaves Me All Alone" and "On The Beach At Fontana" were sung by Thierry and recorded at Pascal's home on a Revox 2-track in one shot. The 4 songs sung by Florence ("Visions", "Blue Eyes", "So Long" and "The Swimmer") were recorded and mixed at the Montpellier Languedoc Video Animation Center by Jean Alain Sidi on 2 ReVox A77 reel to reels and a small mixer. On "Visions", "Blue Eyes" and "So Long", the group employed a drum machine that could only play 4 or 5 rhythms with a single slider to increase or decrease the tempo. The songs were minimal: verse, chorus, no bridge, no intro. Built on a simple spine, they create a feeling of space with just a voice and an organ or synthesizer melody. Full of class and inventiveness, Fall Of Saigon are often compared to Young Marble Giants due to the fragile, ephemeral quality of the songs. The vinyl comes housed in a full color jacket using the original artwork from the ep and includes an insert with lyrics and photos. Through 2 years of existence, Fall Of Saigon only released one ep and 30 years later their subtle sound is an essential guidepost in post-punk history.

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