Fresques sur les parois secrètes du crâne

A 10 track instrumental rock album (8m 54s) — released March 29th 2024 on Cmptr Stdnts

Fresques sur les parois secrètes du crâne is the second album by french duo Cheval de frise, one of the most paradoxical bands rock has ever produced. This striking, enigmatic, baroque masterpiece, was recorded at Black Box studio in 2002, and released in CD format on RuminanCe (Paris), in 2003. The album is now being reissued by New York label Computer Students™, and pressed to vinyl and cassette tape for the first time, with the original track list remastered by Carl Saff. Evoking the cubist digressions of expert jazz, as well as the paroxysms of flamenco with a nylon guitar flexing its muscles on the anvils of the darkest metal, Cheval de Frise creates a frightened rock'n'roll, highly aesthetic yet half ugly, with a transfigured ugliness. Transfigured by what? The question remains unanswered. As does almost every other question that repeated listening to Fresques sur les parois secrètes du crâne raises

Cheval De Frise managed to establish a unique, enigmatic place in the instrumental pantheon - Fecking Bahamas Fecking Bahamas

Completely unlikely instrumental duo from Bordeaux, France: nylon-string guitar and drums. The tunes on "Fresques sur les Parois Secrètes du Crâne" are unresolved riffs interrupted with dive-bombing flamenco runs, and though they sound at first like free improvisation, they're most definitely composed. - Ben Ratliff (2003) The New York Times

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