In the zone where idiosyncrasies collide, intuition is key. Everything is ripe for failure, but if navigated correctly even the most unsuspecting of unions can bear fruit. This happens to be the exact frontier explored by Brigitte Fontaine with Comme a la Radio. Notably, Fontaine is not subjected to the rigid and precise studio ensembles known to most chanson connoisseurs, but rather walks among free jazz titans—the Art Ensemble of Chicago. On top of this, Fontaine has teamed up with Areski Belkacem on this maiden voyage of a collaboration which endures to this day.
Want to hear Brigitte Fontaine spit absolute fire in 1977? Us too. Proto-hip hop, slithering funk, via the synths & drum machine laden, Vous et Nous.
Synesthesia for all. Denizen of the French avant-garde, Brigitte Fontaine released six collaborative lps over the course of ten years (between 1970-80) with vocalist/composer Areski Belkacem. Released in 1973, Je ne connais pas cet homme is the first entry of the pair’s formal collaboration.