Here's some PR stuff that explains the Ex-Futur Album's back-story and probably why I like this track so much:
"Crammed Discs founder Marc Hollander and Honeymoon Killers vocalist Véronique Vincent finally release their trailblazing avant-pop album, recorded and unfinished in... 1980-83!
"This record was never completed. What was originally intended to become the third album by Aksak Maboul (the seminal band formed by Marc Hollander) had gradually evolved into a strange artefact, closely mingling (iconic Honeymoon Killers chanteuse) Véronique Vincent’s dreamy vocals and deceptively bubbly lyrics with Hollander’s musical ramblings. Electronic pop music with genre-wrecking leanings. But the project (too pop to be experimental? too quirky for early '80s pop?) was dropped at some point, and life went on.
"When they were ‘rediscovered’ three decades later, it seemed obvious that the songs had aged delightfully well, and that they probably make a lot more sense now than they did then...
"So here’s that Ex-Futur Album, collated from demos and rough mixes (some of them on cassette tapes), and brought to you in its original glorious unfinished state, with a slight delay of 30 years.
"This most unusual story is far from being the only point of interest of Ex-Futur Album: the songs overflow with memorable melodies, with playful trademark Aksak Maboul instrumental moments and eventful arrangements which all give the album a retrofuturistic, almost timeless aspect, often predating certain hybrid musical trends which may or may not have emerged later on (think pop meets proto-techno, with African, Middle-Eastern, dub, jazz & cinematic French flavours…)"
A big d'uhr! moment on my behalf: I didn't realise Congotronics / Staff Benda Bilili producer Vincent Kenis had been part of Aksak Maboul and also The Honeymoon Killers. But that now makes perfect sense. Anyway, this is great fun with some playfully bonkers lyrics:
Mais des robes à paillettes psychedéliques
Ma voiture sera un kangourou électronique...