Friday, 15 December 2017

Ghédalia Tazartès - Une Éclipse Totale de Soleil (1984)

Third album by French sui generis oddball Ghédalia Tazartès.  Like its predecessor Transports, there's no track titles here - just two album sides of whatever Tazartès felt like pasting together into a mindbending journey into vocal and musical sound warping.  Éclipse Totale's original release confuses me a bit when trying to learn more about it - was it released in 1984 by Celluloid records as discogs says, or was it released in 1979 as the CD reissue and a couple of other websites seem to claim?  I'll take a guess that it was recorded in '79 and released later - any clarity welcome.

Perhaps it's just an apt record to be slightly bamboozled by before even listening to it.  As with all the Tazartès music I've heard, the best thing to do is just sit back and follow where he leads with all the jump-cut sections of each record fusing into something truly unique and memorable.  Éclipse Totale starts with a chugging and hissing mechanical rhythm, then a child singing, then Tazartès singing over bleeping and a female voice, and so on.  The second side also starts rhythmically, with a bit more bounce and musicality, before plunging into some dark, grinding electronics and unsettling screams, and just keeps getting weirder.  I live for albums like this.  Don't miss it.



  1. I'm totally intrigued by your introduction to this - I'm looking forward a sonic journey. Many thanks.

  2. yknow, this is really good thanks

  3. will be posting another one in a week or so.