The obscure French Pôle label produced a varied and often experimental range of LP’s in the mid 1970’s, which have since become sought-after items of high interest amongst the small group of record collectors who are aware of them. An air of mystery has surrounded the label and many of the artists who recorded for it. A fair portion of the music released on this label was highly original, experimental and ahead of its time. Pôle was established and managed in Paris by an entrepeneur named Paul Putti, with his wife Evelyne Henri.
Kotrill', by Pôle is one strange, avant garde, heavy as a terminal illness, synth concrete LP. A little backstory: Started in 1975 by the husband and wife team of Paul Putti and Evelyne Henri, Pôle Records put out some of the most challenging records of the 1970's; some just as good, if not better, than their 'Krautrock' contemporaries in Germany
Pôle started in 1975 as an album by Pôle (2), Kotrill, and a Pôle Records label run by Paul Putti and his wife. Pôle (2) released two albums produced by Putti that year, who then focused on the Pôle Records label after that. Supposedly the records were marketed door to door by college students.
Pôle started as an album, Kotrill, and a Pôle Records label run by Paul Putti and his wife in the mid 1970s. Pôle started as an album, Kotrill, and a Pôle Records label run by Paul Putti and his wife in the mid 1970s.
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Radionics Radio : An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies. Mattias Petersson : Floodlight. The Rita : Women’s Vocals.
KOTRILL sounds like no other album and rightfully earned a place on the tripper's Holy Bible of experimental music "Nurse With Wound List. While it could be compared to early electronic pioneers like Finland's The Sperm or the more experimental freak outs of Can on Tago Mago, those are only the closest approximations. I find this type of free form noise mixed with scant musical elements to be a very difficult tightrope act to accomplish. As with all minimalism, it takes a heavy dose of restraint to prevent a total derailment of connection and with KOTRILL there is a perfect flow of elements that align in the exact right places.
Sperm - Shh! Dashiell Hedayat - Obsolete. Matt Molloy - Heathery Breeze. Georg Riedel - Riedaiglia. Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry at Rawlinson End. The Jacks - Vacant World.