Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem – Vous Et Nous
Label: Kythibong – KTB67
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold Sleeve
Released: 19 Oct 2018
Style: Folk Rock, Art Rock, Avantgarde
Utterly destructive, feral, avant-free-folk masterpiece from French duo Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belkacem with 'Vous Et Nous'. Originally released in 1977, this one's an absolute BEAST, racking up 33 individual pieces that range from devastatingly hypnotic North African one-pops, left-field (proto-acid?!) synth-funk, highly-intimate acapellas and brief ambient skits bridging up the gaps in between. The use of repetition and complex vocal interplay is frighteningly effective, a prime example of achieving maximum impact with the most minimal means with circulating plucked Gimbri notes, distant exotic percussion and hushed (very French!) vocals achieving that rare balance of being impossible to date, equally ancient and modern, suspended in time. I'm really struggling to heap enough praise onto this one and admittedly I only became acquainted in early December through Low Company's (completely justifiable) pre-xmas gush, but life has been measurably better since. An unsurpassably bold, singular gem - RIYL Master Musicians of Joujouka, Marc Hollander / Crammed Discs output, Ghedalia tazartes, sufi-trance, +++. (NM/NM - 2LP Deluxe gatefold).