Sometimes the music doesn't match up to the concept but, when it does, it's just about the most wonderful thing in the world. That's what makes this release from La colonie de Vacances not just a great listen but an essential purchase.
This 10" EP comes from our favourite label - the always excellent Kythibong - and the whole package sounds irresistible from the off. LCDV consists of members of four bands who, when together, perform on four separate stages, with the audience central. Four illustrators have joined them to produce a release whose accompanying 100-page book has to be spun while the vinyl , in its turn, can be read over and over.
You'll get the idea if you grab yourself a copy - and you should because, most importantly, the musical content still manages to be the most enticing thing about the whole release. LCDV dish out four slaps of guitar-led brilliance that are by turns bewitching and crushingly forceful. It's like having multiple ideas forced into your head via a lightning rod shoved in your ear. That there are only four tracks here feels incredible given the range of ideas explored in such a short space of time (under 16 minutes).