Artwork by Coop from Pinhead 45What is it with synthétiseurs and the French? They seem to be a nation hard-wired with the talent for turning out the sleekest of space-race synthscapes and Skylab designs
France's rich history of sci-fi/hi-fi sounds and styles launches in 1902 with Le Voyage Dans La Lune , and runs through Pierre Boulle's - Planet of the Apes, Andre Courreges 'Moon Girl' collection, Concorde, Fantastic Planet, Jean Jacque Perrey, Jean Michelle Jarre and Space's - Magic Fly to Air, Cassius, Daft Punk, Etienne De Crecy and the fat analogue arpeggiations that Source records specialise in.
Docking in the 21st century a poignée of contemporary French solo artists have teamed-up to form an electro-collective 'Valerie' downloading their output into the mainframe via their myspace site ..valeriejetaime
It's also well worth space-hop to the Valerie blog for a freebie download of the thumping Can You Kiss Me First (1928 remix)
And when he's not busy bleeping and squeaking with Valeriens, Maethelvin makes his own blend of bubbling inter-planetary pop which sounds like this..
Maethelvin - Delight
While another French space cadet Kavinsky, seems to specialise in imaginary film and TV themes..