Now Shipping: HELDON and BRIGITTE FONTAINE August 08 2014
Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the HELDON moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist's own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band's prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Téia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers. The album's heady textures and rhythmic meditations are reminiscent of the German Kosmiche movement (CLUSTER, HARMONIA, et al.) and post-rock experimentalists (such as Jim O'Rourke and GASTR DEL SOL). Acoustic guitar even makes a rare appearance – on the beautiful and melancholy "Aphanisis." Get it here.
Never one to settle on a single musical style, BRIGITTE FONTAINE followed up her debut, Est...Folle, and her astonishing collaboration with THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO, Comme À La Radio, with the most eclectic release of her lengthy career, 1972's Brigitte Fontaine. It is telling that FONTAINE chose an eponymous title for her third album, the sole release from her venerable '70s catalogue attributed to her alone. Here the actress-cum-singer has finally arrived. Get it here.