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Descars - 1988 Descars



ARTIST: Descars
ALBUM: Descars
LABEL: Trafic Records
SERIAL: TFK-8937
YEAR: 1988

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Stepane Caron - vocals, instruments * Serge Lacasse - instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 Donne-Moi Toi * 02 Toujours * 03 Coup De Lune * 04 Couer De Cuir * 05 Carrousel * 06 Reves * 07 Etre Ailleurs * 08 Maux D' Adieu * 09 Corsaire D'Amour * 10 Melodie * 11 Victime


Background
The music that came out of the Canadian province of Quebec in the 1970's has long been of interest to this reviewer; in particular the fertile progressive rock scene although in recent years I've had the ongoing pleasure of 'discovering' a few of the regions hi-tech bands which proliferated at a remarkable rate during the late '80s. Names like Fol Alibi, Groulx, Les BB and Tabou were hardly known outside French-speaking Quebec but put out great AOR/pop rock if you can work past the language barrier.


The Songs
Enter the Montreal duo Descars. No inking what a Descar or Descars is but we do know the band existed between 1986-1990 and released a single 'Goodbye' prior to this, their one and only CD on the little known Trafic label. 'Donne-Moi Toi' (Give Me You) opens the set with a heavily percussive beat and vocals from Stephane Caron very much in the Bryan Ferry mode. In fact some of this is comparable to Ferry's 'Boys and Girls' album although Descars are far more dynamic in approach. Unfortunately the booklet credits reveal little as to who played what but this is definitely hi-tech with a twist, mixing it up on tunes like 'Coup De Lune' featuring sax with a wide range of electronic colours and the whimsical 'Carrousel' which is about as French as you can get, sounding like a woozy Serge Gainsbourg backed by Telex. A return to straight pop rock on the Cutting Crew styled 'Reves' and Descars shinning moment. Released as a single, this song in comparison to 'Melodie'; a spoken word nod to Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' accentuates the albums musical yin-yang, between pop rock and artful experimentation.


In Summary
Both Stephane Craon and Serge Lacasse are still involved in the Montreal scene, Lacasse as a music professor at Laval University and Caron as an award-winning songwriter.


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