Valentin Noiret – My White Bicycle

• “My White Bicycle” set to a picture of the housing album cover.

8.5 “Excellent Psychedelia from France”

From the v/a compile “Nuggets 2 Revisited” (The Active Listener AL-028) released in September 2015.

A fine cover of Tomorrow’s 1967 signature tune. According to their original drummer, John Alder, the song was inspired by the Dutch Provos, an anarchist group in Amsterdam which instituted a community bicycle program:

They had white bicycles in Amsterdam and they used to leave them around the town. And if you were going somewhere and you needed to use a bike, you’d just take the bike and you’d go somewhere and just leave it. Whoever needed the bikes would take them and leave them when they were done.

The artist who’s made such a good job of the cover seems like quite an interesting character, as sandberg.nl tells:

Valentin Noiret (b. 1993, France) is a musician and music producer, working on self-teaching process, amateurs and supposedly non-musicians creations through recording sessions he organizes. His work with sound also leads to the form of theatrical performances and installations where the sound live context itself can become part of the creation’s materials, losing some control but offering any visitor a bit of a role in his work.

 

Heard on Pete Jackson’s October 2015 show on Dandelion Radio.

Available on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp.

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