Radio Quarantine -Deux Filles ‎– Silence & Wisdom (1982)

I’m going to repost the copy from the Youtube posting. It’s a bit of laziness, and because there is nothing I could add to the overall strangeness and humor behind the story of Deux Filles:

“The short, mysterious career of the female French duo Deux Filles is bookended by tragedy. Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule’s mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque’s mother was killed and her father paralyzed in an auto accident. The two teens bonded over their shared grief and worked through their bereavement with music. However, after recording two critically acclaimed albums and playing throughout Europe and North America, Forque and Coule disappeared without a trace in North Africa in 1984 during a trip to visit Algiers. The short and terribly unhappy lives of Forque and Coule are at the root of the small but fervent cult following the mysterious duo have gained since their disappearance, not least because the placid, largely instrumental music on the duo’s albums betrays no hint of the sorrow that framed their personal lives.

This would be a terribly sad story if a word of it were true. In reality, Deux Filles were Simon Fisher Turner, former child star/teen idol and future soundtrack composer, and his mate Colin Lloyd Tucker. Turner and Tucker left an early incarnation of The The in 1981 to pursue another musical direction. Turner claims that the idea of Deux Filles came to him in a dream, and he and Tucker strictly maintained the fiction throughout the duo’s career. Not only did they pose in drag for the album covers, the duo once even played live without the audience realizing that the tragic French girls on-stage were actually a pair of blokes from south London. Deux Filles released two albums through Turner and Tucker’s Papier Mache label, 1982’s “Silence & Wisdom” and 1983’s “Double Happiness”. Both albums blend watery piano, occasionally ghostly vocals, sheets of synthesizers, heavily processed guitars and the barest minimum of percussion. Drifting and wistful, they’re a pair of lost ambient gems from a time when the genre had yet to mature, an excellent example of post-Eno, pre-Orb ambient music.”

See what I mean?

I’m putting this up today not because I’m in the mood for ambient music (I’m not really.) but simply because there will come a point where the mood will take me and this one shouldn’t be forgotten. It’s easy to lose track of little treasures out in the digital current.

The fact is, exactly what mood has overtaken me this morning remains unclear. There is a sense of purpose and a drive to get things done. To not waste the time off now at the end of the year. The city outside is a world of gray slush already but it’s warm enough to move about. It’s a good day to get out and get things done. I’ve spent so many hours locked away lately, watching Korean crime dramas, that when I went out yesterday and heard people speaking English it took a few moments to process. Yes, people mostly speak English in The United States.. It’s the unofficial official language so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear it. Yet…


Insert laughing emoji here, or people will get the wrong idea.

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