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Penultimate Press reissuing Étant Donnés trilogy

French industrial group's 1990s trilogy being pressed to vinyl

Mark Harwood’s Penultimate Press is reissuing a trilogy of releases by French industrial group Étant Donnés. Aurore, Royaume/Aimant + Aimant and Bleu were originally released on Touch, Staalplaat and Danceteria between 1990 and 1994, and have now been remastered and repackaged.

Aurore includes ambient and field recordings and will be the first to come out this April, followed by Royaume/Aimant + Aimant in June and Bleu as a 2LP later in the year. Named after a work by the pioneering conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, Étant Donnés are brothers Eric and Marc Hurtado, originally from Morocco. Formed in 1980 and active through the 90s, they have collaborated with Alan Vega, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Michael Gira and others. More details on the group here. Listen to a track from Aurore below.