Mr. Oizo
Stade 2


3.5
great

Review

by Deviant STAFF
November 20th, 2011 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More of the weird and wonderful from electro's black sheep

I don’t know what it is exactly, but I love it

And with that rather honest proclamation does Stade 2 begin, another drug-induced and psychotic chapter in the kaleidoscopic and perplexing saga that is the life and times of one Quentin Dupieux. And perhaps that statement is the most accurate summation of Oizo’s music, as his music really does seem to exist in its own little world, devoid of proper declaration or documentation. And yet he represents possibly the most definitive and distinct meaning of the term electro with his harsh and biting take on French house, with his snub-nosed beats and cascading sheets of electronic rain battering against each other like a rave nightmare, only occasionally finding themselves broken in two by some idiosyncratic expression or another.

Stade 2 is really more of the same by the left-wing French arbiter of bad taste, which is to say that it sounds like nothing else you’ve ever heard before. It’s filled to the brim with jacked-up 8-bit soundtracks stretched so thin to the point where they almost become transparent, and swing-heavy tumbling beats that jump in and out of the mix, more to offset the listener than to serve any kind of relevance or purpose. His music has often been termed as polarizing and for fair reason, and in the past it has seemed as if Dupieux had intentionally gone out of his way to deliberately fuck with his audience, always holding back from the obvious anthems that have just longed to drip out over his jagged soundscapes, always choosing to slip back into frenzied and bi-polar nightmares instead instead . He’s always seems to take great pleasure in being anything but obvious, and while that’s always been his calling card it’s certainly done him as many favors as it has worked against him.

While we’ve all gotten use to the idea that sanity is just something that Oizo really isn’t comfortable with, the whole crazy schtick has finally started to wear just a little bit thin; which perhaps explains why his latest LP is possibly his most normal outing yet, even though that is a term to be used lightly. Sure ‘Camelfuck’ is just another exercise in absurdity, but tracks like ‘Douche Beat ‘ and the jackin’ title track play host to a little structure and, dare I say it, complex design. His deliberate buzzsaw bass and filthy low-end still make their routine appearances, and there’s enough disruption and clutter to keep Oizo firmly away from ever replacing the likes of Guetta as the person you should perhaps be envisioning when a term like French house is bought up, but it shows that even someone like Dupieux is capable of a little maturity.

But that ultimately begs the question as to whether that’s what we want in him, after years of expecting nothing but the weird and the wonderful. It’s the same as when we overlook the painfully decadent moments that have long become trademarks of the artist because we accept the good and the bad with him, knowing that if he were to ever streamline his music and filter out what some may deem as “filler” it just wouldn’t be a proper Oizo recording. He’s dabbled in dancefloor possibilities before, most successfully with the violent ‘Gay Dentist’, and while there’s nothing here that properly tries to ape that pop-mongering mentality, there is the feeling that maybe he’s gotten a little tired of being the black sheep of the electro world. So while Stade 2 is perhaps a little safer than some of his previous output, it’s still a decidedly obnoxious album, designed to test the patience and endurance of its listeners. And at a mere thirty-odd minutes it doesn’t outstay its welcome, in fact it’s almost a little too short-lived, the needle gets pulled just as the party seems to be getting started. But Stade 2 is an album that demands repeated listens, mainly because it’s just too fucking nuts to get its point across in one hit. So throw your tin foil hat on, deck yourself out in neon and press play, and prepare to enter the wild and wacky world of Mr. Oizo.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


31629 Comments


http://dropthebeatsd.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/o_mr.-oizo-e1321410780499.jpg

Douche Beat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE6-iMMYc3U
France7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yROkpHUY9kU


Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

Jash
November 20th 2011


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a friend of mine has been talking to me about this for weeks. his soundtrack to the movie Rubber was really awesome, cant wait to check this out

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His most normal and safest outing? I strongly disagree, but I can kinda get why you'd say that...

Also, with all the 4's you've been handing out recently, it's a shame this isn't one as well, it's been my go-to weekend soundtrack for over a month now.

Aside of all that, great read as usual, Dev.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


31629 Comments


The beats are, for the most part, of a consistent nature and all the tracks follow a pretty set structure. Compared to what has come before? Yeah, its easily the most normal and "safe" album he's done yet

Adash
November 20th 2011


1356 Comments


Neons and tin foil hats are this album in a nutshell.

How did you get your paws on Floating Points, if I may ask. Can find more than excerpts anywhere...

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Personally I think Lamb's Anger takes that spot, but oh well...

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


24098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"a friend of mine has been talking to me about this for weeks"

me? i think I told you about this unless you have another friend who's been jamming this in which
case listen to them and get on it. Douche Beat is actually amazing haha.

great review Dev, i agree 100%.

this isn't something to be taken too seriously, it's just crazy fun.

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


24098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guys (cler and dev) I've only heard this and the Rubber soundtrack what should I get next?

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Analog Worms Attack, definitely

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


31629 Comments


Also check out the Steak soundtrack. It's Oizo, SebastiAn and Sebastian Tellier

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I wondered where that Tellier rec came from in the 'rec by reviewer' section...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


31629 Comments


What do you mean?

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well aside from both being part of the French House scene, I can't really draw a comparison between this and Sexuality.

I didn't know they cooperated on a soundtrack.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


31629 Comments


My recs section is kinda double sided. If you liked the reviewed album you'll enjoy these and vice versa. just another way to get people into some new music

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which is appreciated, as I discovered some great stuff that way.
I aim to do the same with my reviews (although my recs are way more mainstream).

But I still don't see a Tellier fan automatically liking this. Perceptions...

BikeInPond
November 21st 2011


54 Comments


digging this so hard. How comparable is this to his other stuff? Only ever heard the song Flat Beat, before this, lol.

captaincrunch11
November 21st 2011


1246 Comments


I'm intrigued

CaptWaffles
November 21st 2011


192 Comments


this is really cool

Jash
November 21st 2011


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aids you did mention the one song but Trevor has been mad hyping this to me at work

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Anybody else think that was a diving board on the cover?



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