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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