The entire concept sounds like a bad joke. L'Infonie was a well-bearded avant-garde collective of artists, musicians and social outcasts based in Montreal from 1967 through 74 who thought that by making a ferocious racket they were somehow going to change the world. Not bloody likely, but that hasn't stopped the folks at Mucho Gusto from repackaging L'Infonie's acid-drenched "happenings" as a crucial art rock find.
Occasionally, it works. The ensemble's occasional grunting spells and long spews of French poetry and performance art are unbearable, but there are also redoubtable blasts of free jazz mixed with funky Jean Jacques Perry-influenced Moog pop gurglings, a bit of bossa nova and an orchestral stumble through She's Leaving Home. As with most hippie freak-outs, though, moderation is in short supply, so approach with caution, or, at least, with remote control in hand.