To some the label "homme orchestre" ("one man orchestra") may conjure up images of great musicians, but I am more inclined to think of rather sad performances in hollow-sounding, wind-ridden underground stations. And I am not suggesting these don't have a certain nostalgic charm. But good music, naaah.
Ismael Lo recorded this cassette in 1981, while he was still playing with Super Diamono. He had been invited to join this band two years earlier, but Ismael's heart was more into Art (he had studied painting). He continued however with Super Diamono until 1984, when he left for Spain to start a career as a painter. One can only assume that this didn't go as well as he expected, because he was soon back recording another album, and has been involved in many more solo projects since.
To tell you the truth, I have no patience for his work after this cassette. His later work is too pretentious for my liking.
But this cassette still has a certain innocence, which makes it (just) enjoyable. I have had this cassette for years, and there have been periods when I started screaming when I heard it, but - perhaps as a result of the mellowing which comes with age (it does?) - it has fallen into favour again.
This said I still get images of hollow-sounding, wind-ridden tunnels of underground stations when listening to Lo playing his guitar and harmonica.....
Bellot Records GBC 135
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