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CD Feature/ Genevieve Pasquier: "Virgin Pulses"

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“Soap Bubble Factory” was not Genevieve Pasquier’s first outing, but it did come with the power, directness and the uncompromising attitude of a debut. Which may go some way in explaining why this album may have raised more awareness for Pasquier than any of her groundbreaking classics as part of Thorofon. It is still, a full year after its release, a colourful and exciting effort, characterised by slow-moving acid blurbs and intense psychedelic moods. While the world waits for the follow-up, “Virgin Pulses” takes a step back to the early days of Pasquier, without ending up as a mere bunch of loose ends.

Collected on the album are tracks from between 2003 and 2005, from her first full-length to the three powerful 7’’s “Pulse”, “VS Bastards of Love” and “”Pulse”. Collectors and limited-edition-purists can heave a sigh of relief, however, as this is neither a full replacement of the original releases (quite a few tracks have been ommitted), nor an exact reproduction – all songs have been carefully remastered, some of them edited and rearranged. The nine pieces from “Virgin Thoughts”, however, are all here and they still stand their ground with might and majesty. Analog sine waves beat nervously, electric charges fill the air, frenzied bleeps swirl in an intoxicated madness and Pasquier recites, screams, moans and lusts for the listener’s attention. A mixture between totally deranged chansons and erotic dime novels with pink covers, the music burns on sweat, sex, passion and propped-up aggression and just as much caters to the left as to the right side of the brain as well as the dirty needs of your body. It is the very extremess with which Genevieve persues her vison, which turns what could be embarassing into a dark kind of art, which maintains a certain sense of mystery: “Today the disco”, with its “You have to adore me!” shouts could either be about cheap, egocentric pseudo-popstars or about domination games (and is probably about something else alltogether).

Just like many other contributions, this is firmly danceable and catchy and if Pasquier really wanted, she actually could rule the discos of this world. But the way she stretches her tracks into infinity, into twisted oblivion and to a point, where the senses loose all certainty, qualifies it as something bigger than mere potential chart hits. Apart from that, the coherency and inner-connectedness of “Virgin Pulses” is amazing to say the least. If one didn’t know better, it would be easy to assume that this were in fact Genevieve Pasquier’s debut album.

By Tobias Fischer

Homepage: Genevieve Pasquier
Homepage: Genevieve Pasquier at MySpace
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