Monday, 29 January 2018

Ghédalia Tazartès - Tazartès (1987)

Ghedalia Tazartès' fourth album saw his unique sound becoming more streamlined and accessible - but only relative to the all-over-the-map insanity of his first three (see links below - just realised I still have haven't posted his debut, so will put that right soon).

This 1987 release could still hardly be called commercial, despite a modest update to the sound and more discrete, self-contained tracks. Tazartès' singing is still wonderfully weird, and the little idiosyncracies in the background continue to delight, like the funk rhythm loop that gradually fades in towards the end of opener Merci Stéphane.  The album's lyrics include settings of texts by French surrealists Stéphane Mallarmé and René Daumal, as well as words by Gustave Flaubert and even Jacques Cousteau - an esteemed bunch of French legends indeed, which I reckon is entirely appropriate for someone like Tazartès.


Previously posted at SGTG: 
Tazartès' Transports
Une Éclipse Totale de Soleil

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