Thursday, December 25, 2014

OCD022 : Philippe Tasquin - Bandes originales des films de Gerlando Infuso (Les pécheresses / L'œil du paon / Milovan circus)

Covert art: Thierry Mondelaers

OCD022 : Philippe Tasquin - Bandes originales des films de Gerlando Infuso (Les pécheresses / L'œil du paon / Milovan circus)

Philippe Tasquin is a composer, musician, singer and comedian born in 1965.
He composed a dozen albums, all from improbable different musical genres like clownesque glam-rock, symphonique pop or songs with a string quartet.
He has collaborated with as many various personalities as the singer Vincent Trouble (‘Tasquin vs Trouble), producer and multi instruments Pierre Vervloesem ( soon to be re released on Off ‘My Skinny Wonderland’), stage director Charlie Degotte (various ‘Revues’ or the opera ‘Youpi’) or the singer Julie Jaroszwski (‘Furia’).
His musical style is often tinted by mystery, strangeness or concern.
He loves to use pastiche and to re conciliate the extremes: burlesque and lyrisme, severity and self-deprecating, complex and pop music.

Philippe Tasquin (pic by Julie Jaroszewski)

Gerlando Infuso, born in 1986, has been studying visual arts and animation in La Cambre in Brussels.
Since then, he has forget a dark and poetic universe. His first school movie ‘Margot’ has won the junior price at the Annecy animation international festival in 2008.
In 2009, ‘Milovan Circus’ has won 14 prices. The same year, he also directed the clip of the song ‘Ange et Démon’ for the French singer Robert which was used a Givenchy parfume commercial.
2010 sees is terminal school movie ‘L’Oeil du Paon’ which will won more than 15 prices in various festivals.
2012 sees him again directing a clip for Emilie Simon.
2014 is the year of his first short movie ‘Les Pécheresses’.



Gerlando Infuso (pic by Emilie Montagner)

What Philippe is saying about the album:
‘ A une époque submergée par la technologie et l’ère numérique, il est réjouissant de voir surgir et de reconnaître l’expression de l’artisan. Dans les films de Gerlando Infuso, qui auraient presque pu être réalisés à l’époque de Mélies, l’amour du détail, le soin apporté à chaque accessoire, chaque costume et chaque décor laissent pantois. Quant aux cadrages et à la mise en scène, ils sont l’oeuvre à la fois d’un peintre et d’un authentique cinéaste.
Je me suis senti instantanément familier de l’univers sombre, baroque et poétique de Gerlando.
Mettre en musique ses films intemporels et singuliers représentèrent un sacré défi, et voir ses créatures s’animer sur ma musique furent un pur plaisir.
L’auditeur attentif percevra peut-être ici ou là des échos de Bernard Herrman, John Barry, Ennio Morricone… j’écoute leurs musiques depuis l’enfance. Mais j’ai aussi convoqué, parmi quelques fantômes du passé Sibélius et Duke Ellington, quand le besoin s’en est fait sentir!
Qu’ils soient donc tous ici remerciés et crédités.’

' At a time overwhelmed by technology and the digital age, it is gratifying to see emerging and recognize the expression of the craftsman. 
In the films of Gerlando Infuso , which could almost have been made ​​at the time Mélies , attention to detail , the care with every accessory , every outfit and every setting give startling results . As for the framing and staging , they are the work of both a painter and a genuine filmmaker.
I felt instantly familiar with the dark, baroque and poetic univers of Gerlando .
To create music for his  timeless and unique film represented quite a challenge, and see his creatures come to life on my music was pure pleasure.
The attentive listener may perceive here and there echoes of Bernard Herrmann, John Barry, Ennio Morricone ... I listen to their music since childhood. But I also convened among some ghosts of the past Sibelius and Duke Ellington, when needed !
So they are all here thanked and credited . '

Additional musicians:
Jean-Paul Estievenart: Trumpet on 3 and 6.
Edward Wallyn: Trombone on 3 and 6.
Julie Jaroszewski: Singing on 13 and 16.

Digital release on the 26th of December 2014.
Physical release on the 23th of January 2015.

Track listing:
34 tracks including various bonuses and never released tracks from the 3 movies.
Les Pécheresses:
1) Les pécheresses
2) Le pianiste de cabaret
3) Cerise au cabaret
4) Joséphine en cuisine
5) La tentation
6) Le grand escalier
7) Le couloir
8) La poursuite
9) La chute
10) Le châtiment (inédit)
11) Le néant (inédit)
12) Les pécheresses (reprise)

L'oeil du Paon:
13) L'oeil du paon
14) La capture
15) Le théâtre
16) Danse du paon
17) Les oubliettes
18) Les douves
19) Les sept portes
20) L'hallali
21) Epilogue
22) Danse du paon (version piano solo inédite)

Milovan Circus:
23) Milovan circus
24) L'enfance de Iakov
25) L'audition
26) Le numéro
27) Le monstre
28) Pantomime
29) Milovan circus (1ère version inédite)
30) L'audition (1ère version inédite)
31) Le numéro (1ère version inédite)
32) Le monstre (1ère version inédite)
33) Pantomime (1ère version inédite)

Bonus
34) Les pécheresses ( version longue inédite)






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Thursday, December 18, 2014

OVD011 : Pierre Vervloesem - john Litton Baroï / Shanti ( Remastered )


OVD011 : Pierre Vervloesem - John Litton Baroï / Shanti (Remastered)

Eighth in a chronological series of 11 digital only remastered releases (6 solo (5 augmented with bonuses, lives and remixes), 1 duo, 1 unreleased duo and 3 pots-pourris (with absolutely every tunes possible ever recorded by Pierre and never released)) and coming at the pace of one every month is the never released second duo album from Pierre Vervloesem and John Litton Baroï: Shanti (2003).

In 2001, Pierre Vervloesem (bio) met John Litton Baroï (bio) in Brussels. 
The result: Zala Zala (OVD007), an album that mixes with subtlety west and east instruments, modern beats and tradition, pulse and emotion, never loosing his Asian roots.

In 2003, John came back to Pierre with new songs and asked him to arrange and produce again his next album. Only this time, he decided to sing in English to reach more people and gain a better access to the 'pop' world.

For whatever reason, the album was finally never released.
Here it is at last completely remastered.

John Litton Baroï: Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonium 
Pierre Vervloesem: Guitar, Bass, Programming 

Digital release on the 22th of December 2014.

Track listing:
1) Shanti
2) I Have Touch
3) No I Don't Want 
4) I Sing
5) You Will Be Blessed 
6) After All 
7) No One
8) In My Mind 
9) This Is My Life 
10) Provou

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ORT011: Stalhmus Delegation / When stoke stokes (Live at Rockerill Charleroi)


ORT011: Stalhmus Delegation / When stoke stokes (Live at Rockerill Charleroi) 

One more time, Teun Verbruggen (bio and all), probably one of the best Belgian jazz drummer in another formula! 
This time joined by multi star Mauro Pawlowski (biohome, Deus, Evil Superstars, The Love Substitutes) on guitar and Jean DL (bio) on second guitar. 
This is a live recording in Charleroi. 
Total improvisations, total madness, total pleasure!

Already released as a 98 numbered K7 copies (RAT029) on Rat records Here
Digital release on Off on the 15th of December 2014.

Track listing:

1) SD1
2) SD2
3) SD3
4) SD4
5) SD5
6) SD6
7) SD7


Sunday, December 7, 2014

ODG032 : Incidental Music Vol.3 / Sense Station

                                                               cover art by A.L.

ODG032 : Incidental Music Vol.3 / Sense Station

In August 2014, Off records was fortunate enough to find back K7 tapes recorded back to a 4 track cassette by Jack Ison in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo between 1987-1998. 
Jack plays all: guitar, found sounds, drum machine, effects. It's a private work and demos, experiments and moments of sensitivity conjured from humble sources. 
It refers to other worlds or dream worlds as songs, ques, excerpts, montages and loops and it is perhaps a soundtrack for kinetic art ...... music for mobiles.
Ambient music? Possibly. Interesting sounds? Definitively. Exciting tracks? Absolutely!
This is the volume 3 in a series of 3.
You can read about Vol.1 here and Vol.2 here.

Digital release only on the 8th of December 2014.

Track listing:

CD1:
1) 5th
2) 7th
3) Acts
4) Appearance
5) Atom
6) Chance
7) Cryptic
8) Cube
9) Curve
10) Described
11) Diminishing

CD2:
12) Expiration
13) Fabric
14) Film
15) Guise
16) Impulse
17) Last
18) Layer
19) Locust
20) Minus
21) Of Motto
22) Ornament

CD3:
23) Quieter
24) Shorthand
25) Silver
26) Substitude
27) Temporary
28) Theory
29) Traders
30) Transport
31) Unit
32) Verb



Friday, November 28, 2014

OVD010 : Pierre Vervloesem / Rude (Remastered & Augmented)


OVD010 : Pierre Vervloesem / Rude ( Remastered & Augmented )

Seventh in a chronological series of 11 digital only remastered releases (6 solo (5 augmented with bonuses, lives and remixes), 1 duo, 1 unreleased duo and 3 pots-pourris (with absolutely every tunes possible ever recorded by Pierre and never released)) and coming at the pace of one every month is the fabulous sixth solo album from Pierre Vervloesem: Rude (2005).

The album has been remasterd and augmented with no less than 13 bonuses and demo songs.

Review by François Couture in All Music:
It's tempting to call Rude one of Pierre Vervloesem's most straightforward albums. But it would be as meaningless as trying to agree on which album by Frank Zappa is his most simple. One thing is sure; in general, Rude features a more stripped-down, rock-on approach that certainly has to do with the fact that its basic tracks were all recorded in two days. Vervloesem sticks to an instrumental rock quartet and limits his overdubs to one or two in most tunes ("Rue Wéry" is one of a handful of blazing exceptions). For this new solo endeavor, the unsung guitar hero recruited old X-Leggeg Sally colleague Peter Vandenberghe on keyboards and a new rhythm section consisting of bassist Nicolas Dechêne and drummer Renaud Van Hooland. A 69-minute, 14-piece platter, Rude refuses to stand still. The listener is bounced back and forth between acutely difficult avant-prog, metal, jazz, reggae, and guitar-shredding rock & roll. References to King Crimson, Doctor Nerve, Lukas Simonis, the omniscient Zappa and, surprisingly,  Steamboat Switzerland are in order. Highlights include the doom-laden, organ-driven "Titanic Again," where Vandenberghe does an astute impression of Steamboat’s Dominik Blum; the very complex "Greener" (the longest piece at nine minutes); the horribly titled "Pee Detector," and "My Flemish Period," the latter an action-packed Zappa-esque tune with touches of dub and hardcore, if you can imagine that. Dechêne is a highly creative bassist, often opting for the less-frequented path, a perfect match for Vervloesem's guitar work. It is rare to find a guitarist who has a signature sound yet never seems to repeat himself and writes with an impressive resourcefulness.

Two great reviews here and here.

The original cover art:


And some pics from the 2 days recording sessions at Rising Sun Studio:

 Renaud Van Hooland

Peter and Pierre

 Nicolas Dechêne

 Nicolas and Pierre

 Them

 Them

Pierre being Rude

Track listing:

CD1:
1. Disquiet
2. Titanic Again
3. N 'Roll
4. Experimental Dentition 

5. Born To Be White
6. Greener
7. My Flemish Period
8. Tubular Belge 
9. Emile Zola's Jacuzzi
10. Canadair
11. Rue Wéry
12. Add God To Your Misery
13. Pee Detector
14. St. Guidon


CD2: Bonuses:
1. Disquiet (demo)
2. Titanic Again (demo)
3. N 'Roll 
(demo)
4. Experimental Dentition 
(demo)
5. Born To Be White (demo)
6. Greener 
(demo)
7. My Flemish Period 
(demo)
8. Tubular Belge 
(demo)
9. Emile Zola's Jacuzzi 
(demo)
10. Canadair 
(demo)
11. Rue Wéry 
(demo)
12. Add God To Your Misery 
(demo)
13. Pee Detector 
(demo)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ODG031 : Incidental Music Vol.2 / Subs

                                                                Cover art by A.L.

ODG031 : Incidental Music Vol.2 / Subs

In August 2014, Off records was fortunate enough to find back K7 tapes recorded back to a 4 track cassette by Jack Ison in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo between 1987-1998. 
Jack plays all: guitar, found sounds, drum machine, effects. It's a private work and demos, experiments and moments of sensitivity conjured from humble sources. 
It refers to other worlds or dream worlds as songs, ques, excerpts, montages and loops and it is perhaps a soundtrack for kinetic art ...... music for mobiles.
Ambient music? Possibly. Interesting sounds? Definitively. Exciting tracks? Absolutely!
This is the volume 2 in a series of 3.
You can read about Vol.1 here and Vol.3 here.

Digital release only on the 24th of November 2014.

Track listing:

CD1:
1) About
2) Answer
3) Around
4) Assign
5) Axes
6) Background
7) Becoming
8) Can't
9) Conjunction
10) Construct
11) Creation
12) Detector
13) Either Past
14) Essay

CD2:
1) Exact Error
2) Fashion
3) Flux
4) Granulation
5) Instinct 
6) Makeshift 
7) Not One and Not Any 
8) Otherway 
9) Painted 
10) Pink Rip Silver Star 
11) Powder 
12) Resonance 
13) Ring

CD3:
1) Scope 
2) Sense Station 
3) Serial 
4) Shadow 
5) Suffix 
6) Temple 
7) Tinker 
8) Unseen 
9) View 
10) With 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

ODG030 : Incidental Music Vol.1 / Incidental Music

Covert art by A.L.

ODG030 : Incidental Music Vol.1 / Incidental Music

In August 2014, Off records was fortunate enough to find back K7 tapes recorded back to a 4 track cassette by Jack Ison in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo between 1987-1998. 
Jack plays all: guitar, found sounds, drum machine, effects. It's a private work and demos, experiments and moments of sensitivity conjured from humble sources. 
It refers to other worlds or dream worlds as songs, ques, excerpts, montages and loops and it is perhaps a soundtrack for kinetic art ...... music for mobiles.
Ambient music? Possibly. Interesting sounds? Definitively. Exciting tracks? Absolutely!
This is the volume 1 in a series of 3.
You can read about Vol.2 here and Vol.3 here.

Digital release only on the 17th of November 2014.

Track listing:

CD1:
1) Arrow
2) Blessed
3) Center
4) Climbing
5) Dawn
6) Edges
7) Fever
8) Former
9) Geometry
10) Isolated
11) Leisure
12) Maze
13) Module
14) Narrative

CD2:
1) Orbital
2) Photograph
3) Postscript
4) Reflection
5) Remote Past
6) Sequel
7) Shade
8) Snow Print
9) Subject
10) Synonym
11) Testament
12) Transmission
13) Verse




Thursday, November 6, 2014

OCD021 : Doug Scharin / Kate No Longer

cover art by Kiekebiche

OCD021 : Doug Scharin / Kate No Longer

One of many side projects for June of 44 drummer Doug Scharin (discographybiobio,interview), Kate No Longer is essentially a trio with guitarist Joe Goldring and writer/vocalist Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock, plus help from supporting musicians as needed. 
Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Doug Scharin played an important role in Chicago’s music scene. And since the early part of the decade, his groups—including Codeine, Rex, and June Of 44—proved highly influential. His latest project, called HIM (bio), which focused on a highly experimental fusion of dub, electronica, jazz, world music, and post-rock has been equally successful, resulting in four critically well-received albums thus far. 
The more pop-influenced Kate No Longer grew out of that concern, pursuing a similar but less dubby hybrid with Goldring (with whom he played in Enablers) in tow. 
The fine and inspired music from Kate No Longer should equally encounter the same success of his previous bands!
Goldring, for his part, had gotten his start with Bay Area post-punkers Toiling Midgets, then played bass with long-running N.Y.C. noise merchants Swans before returning to San Francisco to play with the sadcore band Faith Burns. He is now playing full time with Enablers.
Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock has collaborated on a full album with Eugene Robinson under the name Las Vegas. She also the founder of Baby Fire (see OCD018). She has appeared on stage with Eve Libertine (Crass) for a special performance at Larsens in 2013. She’s part of the Ladyfest Brussels collective.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Doug Scharin in ActivitiesOfDust, San Marcos, California
Recorded In ActivitiesOf Dust, San Marcos, California., Joe'sGarage, Petaluma, California, Dominique'sFlat, Brussels, Belgium and in Christian'sRehearsalRoom, Brooklyn, N.Y. at various times from late 2012 through 2013.
Dominique's vocal tracks recorded by Raphael Rastel.
A excellent review in Flemich magazine Dark Entries here.


Doug Scharin

The digital cover is different:


Pic by Doug Scharin / cover art by A.L.

Physical and digital release on the 10th of November 2014.
Cd is a limited 300 copies edition.

    Track listing:

1) Es Camida 
2) The Best Things Aren't Things
3) A Moment, Maybe Two
4) Starling
5) And The Rain
6) Returning (Hisashiburi)
7) Misinterpretations
8) How Do I Know
9) We Only See
10) The Only Dream You See Through
11) Daisy Chains

A nice video made by Dominique VCW for Returning (Hisashiburi):








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Saturday, November 1, 2014

OVD009 : Pierre Vervloesem / Grosso Modo ( Remastered & Augmented )


OVD009 : Pierre Vervloesem / Grosso Modo ( Remastered & Augmented )

Sixth in a chronological series of 11 digital only remastered releases (6 solo (5 augmented with bonuses, lives and remixes), 1 duo, 1 unreleased duo and 3 pots-pourris (with absolutely every tunes possible ever recorded by Pierre and never released)) and coming at the pace of one every month is the fabulous fifth solo album from Pierre Vervloesem: Grosso Modo (2002).

The album has been remasterd and augmented with no less than 12 bonuses and demo songs.

Review by David Lynch in All Music:
Belgian guitarist Pierre Vervloesem blasted into the music world with Peter Vermeersch's hyper-energetic X-Legged Sally at the beginning of the 1990s. His own solo albums have ranged from XLS-style ultra-tight sax-fueled avant prog to multi-tracked keyboard and electronic "knob twiddling" to proggy hard rock and metal, highlighted by his six-string pyrotechnics and touches of Zappa-esque humor. For listeners seeking top-notch guitar-heavy instrumental prog -- with plenty of in-the-moment improvisation -- the 2002 eponymous album by Vervloesem's powerful Grosso Modo quartet is a fine place to begin investigating the guitarist's world. A studio recording with live immediacy (and plenty of effects wizardry), Grosso Modo rocks through memorable and even tuneful themes, detours into noisy improvs, and consistently opens up surprising territories in sound. In addition to Vervloesem on guitar and bass, the killer Grosso Modo lineup features bassist Guy Segers (Univers Zero), drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, Massacre), and keyboardist Peter Vandenberghe (XLS, Univers Zero, Flat Earth Society). Segers is thunderously thick and heavy as opening track "Hairdressers Go Home" kicks in, but after attacking your ears with an ascending wall of sound, Vervloesem goes twangy in a surf-tinged unison line with Vanderberghe's sustained keyboard voicing and the band is soon sprinting through fast-paced but rock-hard swing, with a swooping split-toned screaming guitar solo unleashed over the top. While Vervloesem and Vandenberghe ascend into outright noise and Segers' fingers race around his fretboard like a seasoned jazzer in hyper-bop mode, Hayward bashes and crashes but never gives up the pulse until emerging from the roaring tumult with a slowed-down thwacking to accompany Segers' return to the heavy theme.
Vervloesem is alternately twangy, strummy, and roughly distorted through the myriad rhythmic changeups of "Olympic Troubles," and rips the guts from his axe during a chaotic midsection, joined by all manner of sonic hijinx from his bandmates. Beginning as a frantic rocker with Farfisa-sounding keys, "Anti Caking Agent" soon pivots between a heavy descending plod and noir-into-free pianistics from the diversely talented Vandenberghe. "Amazing Grace" opens with volcanic speaker-ripping explosiveness but soon transforms into nimbly executed avant-metallic loud-soft-loud dynamics and outright anthemic tunefulness -- before collapsing back into mayhem. A complete change of pace, "Smacked Down by the Lord Again" places Frith and Fripp-ish thematic motifs against spacious free-form soundscapes. After the metal-noise blast of "Have You Seen Me?," the insistent midtempo rocker "The Terrible Rage of the Shy" is almost jauntily tuneful -- when its mutant steel drums and shredded fanfare improvs aren't descending into madness, that is. Vermeerch's guest appearance on clarinet and bass clarinet on "Full Metal Carpet" (yes, another wacky title) suggests XLS at their heaviest and most darkly atmospheric, while Grosso Modo concludes on an expansive note, the 14-minute "Nobody's Listening Anyway," with a King Crimson "Red"-inspired guitar theme bracketing wide-ranging rocked-up improvisations that spin from twang to funk to jazz to sci-fi to Canterbury-esque sounds. If that track title were true, it would be a damn shame.

Another fine review in Guts Of Darkness here:

Original cover art:


The band

Pierre and Charles

Digital release on the P.V.presents - digital only series on the 3th of November 2014.

Track listing:
CD1:
1: Hairdressers Go Home
2: Olympic Troubles
3: Anti Caking Agent
4: Amazing Grease
5: Smacked Down by the Lord Again
6: Have You Seen Me?
7: The Terrible Rage of the Shy
8: Full Metal Carpet
9: Nobody's Listening Anyway

CD2:
1: Cochinita Pibil ( Bonus )
2: Grosso Homesickness ( Bonus )
3: Rem Koolhaas ( Bonus )
4: Craft 3 ( Bonus )
5: Hairdressers Go Home ( Demo )
6: Anti Caking Agent ( Demo )

CD3:
1: Olympic Troubles ( Demo )
2: Smacked Down by the Lord Again ( Demo )
3: Have You Seen Mee? ( Demo )
4: The Terrible Rage of the Shy ( Demo )
5: Craft 19 ( Bonus )
6: Ubunged ( Bonus )

Monday, October 20, 2014

OCD020 : Electronique de France / Electronique de France

OCD020 : Electronique de France / Electronique de France

A first in the Off catalogue: some French speaking songs coming from a trio of masters of the French pop / electro.
Jacques Duvall (bio and in French) who has been working with such big names as Lio, Alain Chamfort, Alain Bashung, Etienne Daho, Jane Birkin and so many others has one more time written in his almost impeccable style the best lyrics for LaFille (bio) who sings them beautifully, while Kriss Electro (actually working on the new bossa nova album from Lio) plays, arrange and produce a kind of 80ties old school electro/pop mixed with a soupçon of French touch.
The album has an amazing story as the tapes were lost in 2012 and recovered almost by miracle!
Here is how Jacques remember about the all affair:

"Kriss Electro, the leader of Electronique De France, is working at EDF. You can't make this up.
During summer, 2012, in the former buildings of the power company EDF in Valenciennes, Kriss (who had fitted out a rehearsal place there) recorded an album with Jacques Duvall and Anne-Sophie Charron (alias LaFille). 
About ten pieces inspired by the electronic avant-garde of the 80s (Suicide, Metal Urbain, Human League) are finalized on an abandoned desktop computer there. 
The site is promised to destruction and the old computer is taken, either by a too diligent demolition worker, or by one of the numerous burglars attracted by the leaky window panes of the building in ruin. 
Fatalists, the three members of the stillborn group say themselves that their association was not intended to survive to these uncertain times. 
Each member overcomes the disappointment in his own way, farthest possible of their failed electronic trip. Kriss plays  old samba tunes on his guitar. Anne-So makes a child and plays small roles as comedienne. Jacques falls in a staircase and is hospitalized for a few months.
Two years later, Kriss spends an evening at a working colleague place who entrusts him to have got back on a secondhand trade a relegated computer reminding him those whom their employer put formerly at their disposal. 
Without daring to believe in it, Kriss asks to see the device. 
And there, among the supernaturally protected obsolete files, re-appears the album disappeared from Electronique De France! 
Here is thus the sound recording novelty which, for the three authors, already has in a way a value of collector's item."












Physical and digital release on the 24th of October 2014.

Track listing:


1: L'écran

2: Dallas
3: Vidéo surveillance
4: Rends-moi la télécommande
5: L'amour ou la musique
6: L'injustice
7: Ma souris
8: L'amour samplé
9: Harmonica
10: Trois double V

A nice video from L'écran directed by Belgian Béatrice Guenet:


EDF (Electronique De France) "L'Ecran" clip officiel from BabaSansRhum on Vimeo.




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