Ludivine's Sexoterica album is the result of David Melbye's assimilation of R&B, soul, funk, and other ‘60's/’70's groove-oriented influences in the period between his former band Fuzz Beloved and his present band Heavy Water Experiments, which are decidedly heavier in their incorporation of the 8-string bass. Ludivine fits more into the "lounge" category since it maintains a consistently mellow, downtempo vibe with Melbye, for the most part, singing in his deeper range.

The band played various shows in the Los Angeles area and made recordings of their improvisational jams in the church-like living room where they used to rehearse. This was a standard funk ensemble with wah wah guitar, 4-string bass, electric piano, and drums—but members would often switch instruments. There were as many as three drummers taking turns, and Melbye later reflected that this could make for unwanted havoc on stage.

For the eventual album, Melbye composed all the parts/arrangements and played all the instruments—save for the excellent drum parts performed by Jeff Fabb (now in the grindcore metal band In This Moment). The album was shelved for a number of years, but has finally been remixed and re-mastered for release. In the mean time, tracks from this album have been used on popular TV shows, including Queer Eye and One Life to Live.


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Sexoterica: $9.99