MAVERICK FRENCH SINGER-SONGWRITER DUO ARE ASSURED OF THEIR PLACE IN HISTORY WITH THIS PROVOCATIVE, ECLECTIC OFFERING

Vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Areski and singer Brigitte Fontaine are a legendary French musical couple that rose to prominence in the ‘60s, making a series of albums that showcased a boldly unorthodox approach to the art of song.

Taken as a whole the 13 pieces on L’Incendie stand as high-impact scenes or episodes in a theatre or TV production as much as they represent another take on the concept album. Translated from French L’Incendie means fire, but Areski & Fontaine give it admirably broad implications, as the hazardous situation is much more than material.    

The stories of love, war, personal breakdowns, family strife and capital punishment, entre autres, peel away all the layers of a complex post-war society that, certainly in the wake of the upheaval of Mai ‘68 in France, has many pressing debates ahead of it. 

While their defiantly esoteric style, which could veer from North African folk to Brazilian samba to subversive takes on French chanson, was striking their lyrics were no less provocative, broaching anything from mental health to social injustice.

With the longest piece lasting just over three and a half minutes, L’Incendie is a master class in concision, and the sharply focused interplay of the human voice and a wide range of instruments. The result is off grid, hors normes; something that is post-modern yet steeped in the ambiances of the Middle Ages or ‘early music.’ In many ways it is a template for any musical maverick, from Laurie Anderson and Bjork to Tom Waits and Meshell Ndegecello.

“This re-mastered version of a timeless work is a must-hear for open minds and open ears.” Kevin Le Gendre

Side 1
1. Le 6 Septembre
2. Ragilia
3. Il Pleut Sur La Gare
4. Déclaration De Sinistre
5. Les Murailles
6. L’Engourdie

Side 2
1. Nous Avons Tant Parlé
2. Les Borgias
3. Les Petites Madones
4. L’Abeille
5. Après La Guerre
6. La Tête Bandée
7. Le Chant Des Chants

Bonus tracks (exclusive to CD)
-Ça Va Faire Un Hit
-Quand Les Ghettos Brûleront

L'INCENDIE

L'INCENDIE

Areski & Brigitte Fontaine

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LP Information

- Limited edition
- Original 1973 BYG Records album
- 180-gram White vinyl LP
- In deluxe gatefold sleeve matte laminate varnish
- Insert featuring liner notes by Kevin Le Gendre
- Mastered to vinyl by Nick Robbins, lacquers cut by Cicely Balston at Air Studios

CD Information

- Original 1973 album
- Expanded with the Areski & Brigitte Fontaine single "Ça Va Faire Un Hit/ Quand Les Ghettos Brûleront", originally released by BYG in 1974
- Deluxe gatefold digi-sleeve with matte laminate varnish
- 16-page booklet featuring sleeve notes by Kevin Le Gendre
- Digitally mastered by Nick Robbins

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  1. Le 6 Septembre
  2. Ragilia
  3. Il Pleut Sur La Gare
  4. Declaration De Sinistre
  5. Les Murailles
  6. L'Engourdie
  7. Nous Avons Tant Parle
  8. Les Borgias
  9. Les Petites Madones
  10. L'Abeille
  11. Apres La Guerre
  12. La Tete Bandee
  13. Le Chant Des Chants
  14. Ca Va Faire Un Hit
  15. Quand Les Ghettos Bruleront

MAVERICK FRENCH SINGER-SONGWRITER DUO ARE ASSURED OF THEIR PLACE IN HISTORY WITH THIS PROVOCATIVE, ECLECTIC OFFERING

Vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Areski and singer Brigitte Fontaine are a legendary French musical couple that rose to prominence in the ‘60s, making a series of albums that showcased a boldly unorthodox approach to the art of song.

Taken as a whole the 13 pieces on L’Incendie stand as high-impact scenes or episodes in a theatre or TV production as much as they represent another take on the concept album. Translated from French L’Incendie means fire, but Areski & Fontaine give it admirably broad implications, as the hazardous situation is much more than material.    

The stories of love, war, personal breakdowns, family strife and capital punishment, entre autres, peel away all the layers of a complex post-war society that, certainly in the wake of the upheaval of Mai ‘68 in France, has many pressing debates ahead of it. 

While their defiantly esoteric style, which could veer from North African folk to Brazilian samba to subversive takes on French chanson, was striking their lyrics were no less provocative, broaching anything from mental health to social injustice.

With the longest piece lasting just over three and a half minutes, L’Incendie is a master class in concision, and the sharply focused interplay of the human voice and a wide range of instruments. The result is off grid, hors normes; something that is post-modern yet steeped in the ambiances of the Middle Ages or ‘early music.’ In many ways it is a template for any musical maverick, from Laurie Anderson and Bjork to Tom Waits and Meshell Ndegecello.

“This re-mastered version of a timeless work is a must-hear for open minds and open ears.” Kevin Le Gendre

Side 1
1. Le 6 Septembre
2. Ragilia
3. Il Pleut Sur La Gare
4. Déclaration De Sinistre
5. Les Murailles
6. L’Engourdie

Side 2
1. Nous Avons Tant Parlé
2. Les Borgias
3. Les Petites Madones
4. L’Abeille
5. Après La Guerre
6. La Tête Bandée
7. Le Chant Des Chants

Bonus tracks (exclusive to CD)
-Ça Va Faire Un Hit
-Quand Les Ghettos Brûleront

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