Saturday, July 17, 2021

musique de bouche (Tazartès of noises)

 Sasha Frere-Jones on Ghédalia Tazartès in New Left Review blog Sidecar 

"He often said that his life as a musician began at the age of twelve, when his grandmother died. The story goes that Tazartès went into the woods, dug a hole, and then sang so loudly that the ducks on the lake began to shake

"‘My wife worked with him at Phydor, a biscuit factory’, [label boss Philippe] Conrath told me. ‘He would sing while he was loading the cookies onto a truck. I knew he was singing something very, very, very, very strange’. "

"My favourite of his albums, une éclipse totale de soleil, came out in 1983 on Cobalt. It has not softened over time. Singing and tape edits create an immersive bad trip over the course of two very long tracks, birdsong and rhythmic pips jump cutting to fried pulses and vorpal growls"

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