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After stealing the Piccadilly headlines with a wonderfully weird inaugural release from MB Jones, Zaltan (Antinote) and Pam's (cool as fuck) drop their second Drama release, this time from Céline Gillain. Here's what those two dudes had to say...
"Bad Woman" can be seen as a mutant blend of everything that’s been produced by the music industry these last 30 years, from Cher’s delirious come-back in the 1990’s to the most embarrassing moments in Dance music (think Gabber and Happy Hardcore), blurring the frontier between “good” and “bad” taste, between commercial and alternative. Just like Cher’s Believe, Céline Gillain’s Bad Woman sometimes sounds like the music of a former diva who’s been through tough times, saw her expectations torn apart and came back to music with a bizarre testimony of her state of mind."

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Patrick says: Céline Gillain is most definitely an outlier, and "Bad Woman" pretty much flirts with outsider art...but...HAS TUNES. This is the most accessible bit of pop experimentalism you'll hear all year, and it has serious emotional, conceptual and lyrical clout! It's like hearing a modern Laurie Anderson who's tired of your bullshit.

Recorded in Busan, Republic of Korea by former US special agent MB Jones, ROK Spy documents both his stay in a country on the verge of a nuclear conflict and his mission there (for obvious confidential reasons, the purpose of this mission is only to be referred to in an elusive way). While most of his personal belongings have disappeared – or, more likely, been destroyed – we are very thankful for the safe receipt of a USB stick containing 7 songs recorded in Autumn 2017, alongside a drawing and a few handwritten notes. We are proud to now be able to share these with you.

In order to do so, we hastily came up with a label. The circumstances under which it was born lead us into calling it “Drama”. This release is DRAMA1.

The content of this LP is a seemingly disparate set of pop-not-pop tunes, flirting with dance music on songs like the apocalyptical disco Nuclear War or the bizarre and mind puzzling boogie Pusan Perimeter. Though it is quite hard to put words on MB Jones’s productions (one may accurately call it an “oddball” of a record), his musical testimony may sit somewhere in-between Holger Czukay’s most narrative pieces and Arthur Russel’s most cheerful moments, sharing with these two brilliant musicians a genuine feeling of intimacy emanating from each second of his songs. The only thing that may be said without a doubt is that these 7 songs are the product of someone whose ear has been attentive and receptive to all sorts of contemporary musical genres (from trap to experimental electronic music and EDM).

It’s still not clear whether the cryptic lyrics evoke situations which already occurred, whether they are oracles, some insider’s warnings or whether they are the product of a mind in a hallucinatory state. On Poison Pill – the closing song – he is particularly ambiguous : “the CIA bought me a trip / I put the tab under my lip / They want to build a shopping mall / On the DMZ wall”. We’ll leave the interpretation to you.

PAM & Zaltan

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: The inaugural release on Antinote's Drama offshoot comes from ex pat musician MB Jones, who offers an odd-pop reportage from Busan, South Korea. Inventive and irresistible, 'Rok Spy' is a masterpiece of colour-soaked weirdo-wave and surrealist synth-pop and it's heading straight into heavy rotation round these parts.


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