Christophe Petchanatz is a long time veteran of the underground scene in France. He has recorded under different names, most notably, Klimperei and Deleted, both of which are excellent and innovative musical projects. His music has been referred to as “naive” or “toy rock” but I prefer to think of it as intelligent and charming encapsulations presented many times as vignettes. He plays many instruments well and while his music is not vocal heavy he does sing occasionally.He has collaborated with many other home producers as well and has been compared at times to Pierre Bastien or Harald “Sack” Ziegler but in fact, each of these artists is highly individual, albeit quirky. Truly one of the most unique and special artists in Europe.
Above, his project, “Deleted” from 1996 and below “Klimperei” also from the mid-late 90s. Both were released on my Lonely Whistle label ( and perhaps elsewhere too).
Well at the beginning I was mostly involved in the poetry network and it was somewhat difficult to conciliate the ‘seriousness’ of poetry reviews & the fun of what I recorded at this time (Los Paranos years). First trades were with sound poetry artists, rather boring to me.
Soon I got in touch with Eric of Underground Productions & he let me drive some thematic compilations (about waltzes especially). And then my first impressions about trading were with IAV (In Aternam Vale, French crazy Techno-Pop at this time), Harald Sack Ziegler (Germany), JL Costes (deeply crazy French performer), Folie Neubourg, MAL, Pierre Bastien, Juan Creek, Cripure, Urbain Autopsy, Stenka Bazin, Trespassers W, Eric Watier, Denier du Culte & many others).
It was like discovering an unknown world, that was so near and unknown at the same time. Great freedom of style, & never mind if the sound quality or musical technique were – sometimes – poor. The inspiration was here. And fun & pleasure…