La Bar Mitzvah Du La Chien is the new album from spontaneous French musician Ghedhalia Tazartes. His work has always been unclassifiable and this new outing is no exception. Tazartes eschews musical theory for doing what feels right. He sings plays all the instruments himself and the track Don’t Cry For Me Mama also features his son, Lalo.
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- La Bar Mitzvah du chien by Ghedalia Tazartes
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 July 2015
Look at the sleeve. It's a naked, bearded man on all fours. Ghedalia Tazartes is a 'legendary' name in the European experimental community. The sort of man whose recently re-issued records had our former scribe Mike dishing out 9/10s as if they were confetti.
I find it hard to critically assess music like this so I'll simply describe it instead. The opening track consists of Tazartes half singing over what sounds like a fairground and a distant choir. At certain times the rhythmic movement of the choir creates a pleasantly disorientating effect. The second track is wailing over a hopeless funk track, the distorted harpsichord on track three is not meant to be user friendly. Comparatively the spoken word mayhem that follows it is relatively straight forward. Overleaf (and this could be the A side I dunno) is the sound of a troll (in the old sense of the word) muttering before picking up a jaws harp and twanging it.
Incomprehensible and almost impossible to listen to, it's not for me to decide as to whether this lives up to previous work. That said I really rate his coughing solo.
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