Areski Belkacem - Brigitte Fontaine – Vous Et Nous
Label: RCA Victor – RSL 1070, Saravah – RSL 1070 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve Country: France Released: 1977 Genre: Rock Style: Folk Rock, Art Rock, Avantgarde
I’m as guilty as anyone for loosing throwing around the term masterpiece, but for Vous Et Nous, French couple Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belkacem’s 1977 collaborative LP, the term doesn’t even come close.A destructive, feral, avant-free-folk inferno, fearlessly creative but grounded in the earth - an amalgamation of classic French chanson with political art-song and minimalist, Sufi-trance / folk.Areseki’s Kabyle roots and his immersion during the late 60’s with Moroccan Gnawa tropes provides the backbone for their visionary songwriting, deploying hypnotic use of repetition throughout - a prime example of achieving maximum impact with the most minimal means - circulating, plucked Gimbri notes, hand-drumming, Berber percussion and hushed vocals, with an awareness of the more free-spirited shades of the emergent US jazz vanguard, Don Cherry’s Organic Music, Art Ensemble Of Chicago (who Fontaine had previously collaborated with), et al.An absolute screamer, held at the zenith of adoration here at the shop - please bury me with this one!! (Vinyl NM / Sleeve VG+ish, some wear on edges).
Tracklist A1 La Harpe Jaune 2:47 A2 Je Suis Venu Te Voir 3:07 A3 Vous Et Nous 2:23 A4 Ce N'Est Pas Un Ennemi 2:12 A5 Cher 2:22 A6 Diabolo 2:13 B1 Le Repas Des Dromadaires 3:02 B2 L'Amour Parfait 2:41 B3 Personne 1:55 B4 Je T'Aimerai 3:00 B5 Les Muzdus 2:55 B6 Petit Sapin 2:17