Stockhausen collides with punk funk in an aural collage of rhythm and found sound in one of the most sought after MatM recordings. Reissued on the 25th anniversary of its 1983 debut on vinyl, the second of three albums was co-produced with Daniel Lanois and features a guest appearance from John Oswald of Plunderphonics fame on alto sax. Three additional bonus tracks include the original extended dance version of "Danseparc", "These Dangerous Machines" & a live version of "Sins Of Children" from MatM's 1983 performance at Ontario Place featuring avant-guitarist Michael Brook. The 16 page booklet includes lyrics, never seen before photos & video stills.
"It's a vivacious dance-funk groove full of abstract asides & layered treatments that never overwhelm the porcelain fragility of the songs...a sound created by boundaries being pushed & avenues being explored: a kaleidoscopic art house collage... four stars."
"Plenty of great noise abounding here, especially on the aptly titled ‘Obedience' and the bongo-driven ‘Boys In The Bushes'…'I am using you, am I amusing you?', coos the cucumberly Ms. Martha while keyboards swirl, guitars scratch and guest saxophones wail all around..."
"Danseparc…manages to handily balance a playful sense of adventure with unforced pop naivete and retain the band's unique vitality…like XTC, these nimble Canadians demonstrate that an irreverent intelligence needn't disqualify one from playing in the major leagues."
MUSIC AND SOUND OUTPUT
"But this is still Martha Johnson's show, even when the songs are not, and it's her personality reflected off the others that gives Danseparc the sort of sexual spark the Au Pairs could only theorize."
"Every once in a while an album is released that is void of pretense, sparked with an effervescent originality, injected with real power, true emotion and sarcastic intelligence, bursting at its seams with thumping atomic energy… Danseparc… is such an album."
"Danseparc is simply one of the most satisfying albums of the year… From the evocative, Vaseline-lens treatment of the title cut to Walking Into Walls' classic '80s dialogue to Johnson's wry commentary on What People Do For Fun, the group addresses rarely-mined contemporary topics with disarming precision and unassailable musicality."
"PICK HIT OF THE WEEK. This is the right record at the right time…it's not only commercially well constructed, but also contains some of the best songwriting on the pop scene."
THE EDMONTON SUNDAY SUN
"…three dimensional, rich, full of wonder."
Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals & Treatments
Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards & Vocals
Synthesizer & Piano
Percussion, Background Vocals, Engineer & Treatments
Bass, Percussion & Background Vocals
Sax (Soprano & Tenor)
Daniel Lanois, Mark Gane & Martha Johnson