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Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem
Vous et Nous

The 1977 collaborative LP between avant-garde luvvies Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belkacem gets reissued by Kythibong (The Healthy Boy, Deerhoof). There’s an awful lot going on on Vous et Nous. Everything from French medieval music to post-Reich phasing experiments to North African folk styles get a look in here. No wonder Stereolab cite this record as a major influence.
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Areski / Brigitte Fontaine
Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme

Superior Viaduct dropping another vintage '70s reissue, this time Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme (I do not know this man). The 42 year old collaboration between Areski and Brigitte Fontaine represents the French avant-garde at its finest, using haunting vocal harmonies and sparse instrumentation to create a time and space machine into a strange fantasy world.
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Brigitte Fontaine
Brigitte Fontaine

Dubiously and speculatively labelled an avant-garde artist, purely because no one really knows where to put her, Brigitte Fontaine makes a variety of sounds about jazz, traditional folk, vocal chanting, poetry and anything free-form. Her self-titled record, being issued on vinyl for the first time, was originally released in 1972, and starts with a modest acoustic ditty before a piercing scream cuts through the record and leads to something a little more out there: a rhythmic bongo-driven track, followed by a horror-flick ballad on organ, with opera singing and slowly descending strings. And it goes on like this: 'Brigitte Fontaine' is the work of an artist truly off the grid.

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Brigitte Fontaine Est...Folle

Do you really have enough in the way of French Chanteuse music in your collection? I doubt it. If you did want more, Brigitte Fontaine’s Brigitte Fontaine Est… Folle would be a great place to go. For a debut album, the arrangements are often rather experimental: light, but also very interesting. Reissue LP on Superior Viaduct.

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Comme a la Radio

Comme a la Radio is the second album by Brigitte Fontaine. It features collaborations from Areski Belkacem and Art Ensemble of Chicago. The latter provide a perfect backdrop allowing Fontaine to explore free-verse poetry which she does arhythmically and often spoken rather than sung. The tone for the album is set by the title track - Fontaine singing over double bass, punctuated by flute and trumpet stabs.

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