Kuhl's 'Pas De Deux'; an electronic meisterwerk for our times
'Pas De Deux' is one of those rare beasts; a 23 track double album that is all at once thoughtful, provocative, and achingly beautiful. You'll find a treasure trove of musical gems in there. Songs about life, love, politics, and death.
By: Double Infinity
Side One takes us through the joyous Euro-pop opening of 'Halo of Stars' through a set of up-tempo but thought-provoking songs including Mikey's yearning 'Breakthrough', the gospel-tinged 'Raise The Roof', a dark game of 'Hide and Seek', the transience of 'Chalk Marks In The Rain' and the life-affirming'Immortals'
Side Two opens with 'Here Is Where The Heart Is' inspired directly by the studio environs, a crumbling French chateau, once inhabited by Picasso and many of his contemporaries. 'Eighteen Shots' is a slow, but hard-hitting track that muses on the death of Dylan Thomas, with quotes from both John Donne and Thomas. This takes us through two funky tracks 'Bumping Into Clouds' and 'Crush Hour' to the aching love song 'Breathless'. The closing track on side two is 'Hold On' - a plea to the planet in these times of global warming and the threat of ecocide, featuring guest vocals from Maddy and Henry.
Side Three kicks off with the rollicking 'Absolution' based on an old sea shanty of the 19th century. Followed closely by 'One To One' with its political undertones. 'Lost in Space' continues the theme and brings us to 'Destruction'. 'One Voice' sends the message that Jaw Jaw is indeed preferable to War War… This set concludes with 'One More Summer Of Love' - a dark song that tells a compelling story.
Side Four begins its journey with 'Hungry Tonight' all wolves, bones and gristle set against an ominous drum and bass styling. 'Mean Girl' is bitter relationship song and has a great Nah Nah singalong ending. 'Shine' is a little freakout number from the archive that finds its origins in Cas's time in Amsterdam, followed closely by 'Deja Voodoo' - another dark and menacing piece. The album closes on a brighter note with the uplifting anthem 'Wheel Of Fortune' - with its 'light at the end of the tunnel' optimism.
For more information, please check out Kuhl's website with links to the music, videos, archive material and up to date blogs.