Le Forte Four

Bikini Tennis Shoes

États-Unis ETAT004
  • LP: Ltd. edition of 500 numbered copies on clear Vinyl
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The origins of Le Forte Four are those of the Los Angeles Free Music Society itself. Chip Chapman joined forces with Rick Potts (and shortly thereafter Tom and Joe Potts), taking up the LAFMS name in 1974. Ultimately baptizing themselves Le Forte Four, they began threading imagined lines between John Cage and The Residents, Cecil Taylor and Henry Cow – generating sounds completely unlike any of these and anything since.

The inaugural release on the eponymous LAFMS imprint with only 200 copies pressed originally, Bikini Tennis Shoes is a staggering piece of anti-music that remains as refreshingly ground-clearing today as it was when it first appeared in 1975. Its 40 minutes (parceled out across nearly as many tracks) chart forays into free improvisation, Buchla misuse, filtered noise, begrudging and damaged melodic sorties (from the Star-Spangled Banner to Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring") and healthy doses of basement pablum.

Le Forte Four emerged out of the lethargic American '70s as a locus where, in their own words, "gamelans and ragas merged with serial and chance compositions finally melting together with instructional records and Beatles bootlegs." A wildly eclectic rummaging of postwar culture and 20th century sound, Le Forte Four's Bikini Tennis Shoes preempts punk's outsider ethos and DIY autodidactism.

Le Forte Four: Bikini Tennis Shoes

Ka-Bella-Cha-Cha Le Forte Four 42''
Some Problem With The Cord Or Something Le Forte Four 32''
Ka-Bella-Binsky-Bungo (Excerpt) Le Forte Four 6' 27''
Good Worker Le Forte Four 44''
Aye Ma Ma (I'm Amok) Le Forte Four 13''
Meanwhile Back At The Tulip Boat, Stinky And Gus Make Warplanes Le Forte Four 33''
Before Docking In Space Le Forte Four 19''
Candy Wrapper Blues_A Little Slop Le Forte Four 18''
Bikini Tennis Shoes (One Pair) Le Forte Four 4' 16''
Joe's Nose Solo Le Forte Four 49''
Song Of The Electric Drill Le Forte Four 19''
I Can't Even Think_On The Dawning Le Forte Four 36''
What Do You Do, Radiator / The Grocery Store Is My Heaven Le Forte Four 32''
Fade It Out Le Forte Four 12''
The Pope Speaks Le Forte Four 23''
Crank Up The Kids Le Forte Four 1' 48''
Bongo Madness Le Forte Four 3' 29''
Ka-Bella Reprise Le Forte Four 6' 06''
Steven, Steven Le Forte Four 1' 02''
Sonnet Le Forte Four 1' 07''
Ballad De Forte Four Le Forte Four 27''
It's Raining Bongos Le Forte Four 1' 05''
They Are Asleep Le Forte Four 4' 32''
Music Hall Bootled (Excerpt) Le Forte Four 18''
Painting The Roses Red Le Forte Four 27''
Enough Fun / That Feedback Again Le Forte Four 1' 08''

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