I owe a great deal of gratitude to Marc Collin of Nouvelle Vague for the next two posts. I had the pleasure of meeting Marc at the weekly Wierd party a few years back, and I soon found out that he was involved in a handful of great coldwave projects before growing to critical and popular acclaim. For those unfamiliar, Marc was involved in both Spleen Ideal and Persona, two cassette culture bands who released a handful of obscure releases. More on Spleen Ideal soon. Marc also ran the excellent New Horizon label, who issued an alternate version of this particular cassette.
As for Lost Desert, little is known about this French band, though the tracks scattered across various compilations are some of the strongest female fronted French coldwave tracks, mixing both organic instruments and New Order-esque electronics. In fact, one of their most discovered tracks is aptly named “Tribute to New Order,” which appears on the excellent Supercherie compilation. Other tracks appear on New Horizon’s Nos Années Folles and the excellent Mea Pulpa cassette, previously posted here.
This tape was originally released without a label in 1989. Most of these songs appear on the highly coveted A Travers Le Miroir cassette, which appeared on New Horizon in 1990. Considering the track list is near identical (and as this tape was distrbuted/licensed by New Horizon according to the insert), my guess is that these versions are the same across both tapes, with just two exclusive tracks per cassette, unless the titles were simply changed before the New Horizon edition. Anyway, this tape is certainly worth the hype, which features a highly melodic side A and a more electronic side B. A perfect release from France’s cassette culture.
Lost Desert- Heterogen Infiltration K7
2. Tu Avais Tort
5. Vision Enflammée
6. Far Away
7. L’arme De Sang
9. Etrange Satire
10. Eyes of Ice
11. Baby Watch TV! (Live)
A million thanks again to Marc for ripping this gem!