The first release by the French avant-garde supergroup Vidéo Aventures, 1980's Musiques Pour Garçons et Filles is in many ways as playful and childlike as the title suggests. Although these eight instrumental improvisations are challenging, provocative music, they're also surprisingly accessible for those who make a slight effort. The combination of amorphous, drifting synthesizer and Hawaiian-style steel guitar on half of the eight tracks is an appealing one, and the others explore equally interesting moods and textures. The brief improvisations, ranging from Monique Alba's 37-second piano solo "French Kiss" to the five-minute freakout "La Ballade des Cardiaques," never outstay their welcome. And for all the revolutionary trappings of the Rock in Opposition movement to which Video Aventures nominally belonged, there's even a nod to rock history: a witty but reverent deconstruction of Joe Meek's classic space rock instrumental "Telstar." This EP was originally released on 10" vinyl by Chris Cutler's Recommended Records. In 1997, the Spalax label reissued it on CD with ten extra tracks, ranging from Vidéo Aventures' initial rehearsals to the group's final session in 1984.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason