Stegzy's Music Project

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Music Project – Album #49 – Absinthe: La Folie Verte – Blood Axis & Les Joyaux de la Princesse

on June 20, 2014

Absinthe: La Folie Verte – Blood Axis & Les Joyaux de la Princesse


In days gone by, I would scour the usenet binary newsgroups looking for delicious audible morsels to shove in my ears and seem highbrow and cultured. People like my friend Nick seem to do it without blinking. They’d find a band nobody had heard of, proclaim them as the best thing ever, and bang on about how other people just don’t understand their message. Then, as the band becomes popular, they deny ever having liked them in the first place or proclaim that they’re not as good as they were when the drummer used Zillon drumsticks or whatever.

Hipsters I believe the youth of today call such people.

Knobheads, as we used to call them back in the day.

Oh but how things change.

I came across Blood Axis and Les Joyaux de la Princesse (LJDP) on usenet and immediately fell for their mix of poetry and atmospheric melodies carved from old wax cylinders and gramophone records. Genius.

Kind of like what Ibizan DJs do, but with 78s. And with atmosphere. And culture.

Absinthe is a brilliant work of art. It’s trippy, dark and very atmospheric. I’ve used that word a lot in this post. Atmosphere. Yes. If ever you wanted to know what atmosphere was, you should listen to this. I recall having it on my MP3 player when I was in hospital and thinking “If I listen to this when I’m tripping off my tits on painkiller/morphine I’ll have a right royal time!”

Yeah. I did. I was immediately transported to a Paris of dirty opium dens, unclean absinthe shops and moody Gauloises cigarette smoking in the 18th/19th century. I highly recommend listening to this alone, in a dark damp uncarpeted room during a rain storm. With only a rag for a curtain, a rickety table and an old wooden chair for company.


4 responses to “Music Project – Album #49 – Absinthe: La Folie Verte – Blood Axis & Les Joyaux de la Princesse

  1. […] like Blood Axis’ Absinthe, this album has accompanied me on trips into somnambulistic realms following surgery or late night […]

  2. […] you read the entry for Absinthe  and tried out the Youtube playlist, you should have some idea about what is about to […]

  3. […] music project. Cast your mind, or your mouse button, back to their collaboration with Blood Axis (Absinthe), or to one of their dark French history albums Aux Volontaires Croix De Sang or Aux Petits […]

  4. […] de la Princesse. You might remember them for their Croix de Bois and their collaboration with Blood Axis. This is by far their most poignant album to appear in the music project yet. Perhaps it is because […]

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