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Artist: FONTAINE, BRIGITTE
Title: Comme a la Radio
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Featuring ARESKI BELKACEM and ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO, Comme a la Radio is the sophomore album in BRIGITTE FONTAINEs prolific career. While her debut, Brigitte Fontaine Est...Folle, is a unique take on French chanson, here the Art Ensemble provides the perfect setting for Fontaines exploration of free-verse poetry. Often arrhythmic and spoken, her vocals command the same spontaneity and grace that her collaborators applied to their instruments. The albums eight-minute title track sets the tone: a sparse bass line keeps time as Fontaine dances around stabs of flute and trumpet. On "Tanka II," named for a form of concise Japanese poetry, Areski (who provides percussion throughout) plays hand-drums atop flurries of bass as Fontaine coos and whispers pensively, gradually uttering controversial phrases. "LEte LEte" centers around a repeated motif with individual lines of high-pitched melody on a bed of muted horns. Each track is its own world, with Fontaines incredible range, both in style and substance, acting as the glue between the immense talent involved. The overall effect is chilling, and it is no surprise that Comme a la Radio is often cited as Fontaines best known work." - Superior Viaduct.
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Artist: FONTAINE, BRIGITTE
Title: Comme à la Radio
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Featuring Areski Belkacem and Art Ensemble of Chicago, Comme à la Radio is the sophomore album in Brigitte Fontaines prolific career. While her debut, Brigitte Fontaine Est...Folle, is a unique take on French chanson, here the Art Ensemble provides the perfect setting for Fontaines exploration of free-verse poetry. Often arrhythmic and spoken, her vocals command the same spontaneity and grace that her collaborators applied to their instruments. The albums eight-minute title track sets the tone: a sparse bass line keeps time as Fontaine dances around stabs of flute and trumpet. On Tanka II, named for a form of concise Japanese poetry, Areski (who provides percussion throughout) plays hand-drums atop flurries of bass as Fontaine coos and whispers pensively, gradually uttering controversial phrases. LÉté LÉté centers around a repeated motif with individual lines of high-pitched melody on a bed of muted horns. Each track is its own world, with Fontaines incredible range, both in style and substance, acting as the glue between the immense talent involved. The overall effect is chilling, and it is no surprise that Comme à la Radio is often cited as Fontaines best known work." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: FONTAINE, BRIGITTE
Title: Est.. Folle
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"French poet and chameleonic vocalist BRIGITTE FONTAINEs career spans over four decades. Only a few years before her 1968 debut, Brigitte Fontaine Est...Folle, she moved to Paris to become an actress and took her prodigiously mature voice into the studio. Rich in the drama she brought to theater, Fontaine synthesized chanson (French pop song) and world music, which eventually won her international acclaim as a performer and collaborator with a variety of artists from around the world (Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sonic Youth and Stereolab, to name just a few). On Est...Folle, Fontaine takes flight over conductor JEAN CLAUDE VANNIERs brilliant arrangements. Vannier, best known for his work on Serge Gainsbourgs Histoire De Melody Nelson, is in fine form, using what would become his trademark stylings: lush strings, taut rhythms culled from across the globe and a healthy dose of whimsy. "Il Pleut" swings from understatement to rapturous delight. "Une Fois Mais Pas Deux" is an infectious pop song that could have been culled from a French New Wave soundtrack. Fontaine is adventurous and multi-dimensional with sophisticated lyrics, poignant melodies and enthralling delivery. Such artful handling of meter and rhyme (or lack thereof) is rare in pop song. Far from the eras ye-ye phenomenon, but never fully removed from its traditions, Est...Folle is an essential link in French pop music, exuberantly pushing the genre into more conceptual and experimental sounds." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: FONTAINE, BRIGITTE
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Never one to settle on a single musical style, Brigitte Fontaine followed up her debut, Est?Folle, and her astonishing collaboration with The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Comme à la Radio, with the most eclectic release of her lengthy career, 1972s Brigitte Fontaine. It is telling that Fontaine chose an eponymous title for her third album, the sole release from her venerable 70s catalogue attributed to her alone. Here the actress-cum-singer has finally arrived. From the introspective opening track, simply named Brigitte, seductive melodies perfectly hang above slithery bass lines and acoustic strumming. On Moi Aussi, a sparse and trance-like duet with long-time collaborator Areski, Fontaine muses, They put me in a cage and after they told me You fly down. Brigitte Fontaine is an unmatched European art-pop masterpiece anchored by both vocal and lyrical dexterity?in many ways, Fontaines most compelling work and an excellent entry point for those unfamiliar with this unique French icon." - Superior Viaduct.

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