As many of us already know, the hyper-imaginative sound of experimental pop band Aquaserge takes on an even wilder dimension on stage, and they’re viewed as one of today’s most exciting live bands. In the wake of last year’s acclaimed Laisse ça être album, here’s an opportunity to enjoy Aquaserge’s tremendous live sound. Déjà-Vous? (‘you, already?’) was created from recordings made during two shows in 2016 and 2017, for which the band was augmented by the 3-piece horn section which plays with them on specific occasions.
Déjà vous? contains live renditions of eight tracks: four from Laisse ça être, three from the band’s previous releases, and an impromptu version of the jazz standard ‘My Funny Valentine’. Most songs have been thoroughly rearranged for the occasion, and some of the pieces were used as source material for some interesting editing work, on the B-side of the LP.
Like a cratedigger’s fantasy band, Aquaserge mine a colourful seam of psych-rock, jazz and Afrobeat… recalls the sophisticated middle ground where Tortoise and Stereolab once met. (Uncut, UK) – Aquaserge’s sound is global, cosmic and genuinely kaleidoscopic… densely packed with ideas, mathematically precise, boldly anarchic about ignoring borders and boundaries of every kind, and dazzling with joyful weirdness. (The Wire, UK)