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Le Combat Occulté

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"It's strange to think that a score of years ago the world was just emerging from the last of its new wave haze, only to enter a brave new era of over produced, digitally recorded schlock. La STPO was borne into this miasma of mediocrity with knives out. They have remained bastions of outré ever since their bloodied birth. Vive La STPO! To celebrate two decades of one of the finest, most fractured and indefatigable European avant post punk bands, BlRR has nailed together this 11 track retrospective of 7300 days in the life of La STPO. And rather than trying to shape this into some sort of 'best of' or 'greatest hits,' BlRR and La STPO have done the reverse by leaning more heavily in on the group's more exploratory moments. This also makes for a better album that, in its own skewed way, fits together as if all recorded in the same session. As presented here, La STPO are truly Rock In Opposition. Unlike their Zeuhl spewing forbears, however, STPO are not trying to fuse jazz and rock. Their rock is in opposition of all things safely established, including Rock In Opposition. Jagged and bleated arrangements with familiar rock instrumentation clash to form screaming, Dada-pregnant, contorted punk concertos. Oddly timed and full of changes, this is music to fall down escalators to."