As someone who has dreamed for some time of putting together a compilation of bands I respect/admire/nerd-out on, I have much appreciation for the work that Yann and Thibaut have put into the three (so far) Falling Down releases. The French duo have managed each time out to corral artists and bands from across a range of genres and acquired material unavailable anywhere else into a series that’s become everything that’s best about the Various Artists section: Something special that’s separate from the regular discography, that’s maybe a little more under the radar for most fans, but that those who seek it out can treasure for as long as the band is around and longer.
And being a fan of the CD format, the four-disc Endless Edition of Falling Down IIV, with its gorgeous psychedelic artwork contained in a metal tin, is a welcome arrival. It’s already been reviewed, so I’ll spare the full list, but with audio and video contributions from Pelican, Ufomammut, Julie Christmas, Aiden Baker, Across Tundras, Mars Red Sky/Year of No Light and much more, Yann and Thibaut have been able to craft a tracklist that has a genuine album-style progression despite a range of artists, styles and varying productions. More than a ton of unreleased material from a wide variety of acts, it’s a solid listen.
I’d go on, but you get the fucking point, and the bottom line is they’re people who do good work, who were kind enough to send me one of these monster things, and I wanted to help spread the word some more than just a review. If you decide to click down and read the interview, please know that they’re native French speakers translating into English, so if you’re an English reader, some of the phrases might be awkward or whatever. As that kind of thing periodically results in awesomeness, I left as much of what Yann and Thibaut had to say alone, because it comes through clearly that they take the process very seriously and I think that’s what it’s all about.
Full Q&A is after the jump. Please enjoy.