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Finders Keepers trawl thru French "symphonic psychedelia" vanguard Jean-Claude Vannier's vaults to unearth this ultra rare and completely stunning 1983 crime thriller soundtrack. Genius shit from the brain that brought us "Histoire de Melody Nelson".
Presumed missing for decades, Jean-Claude Vannier's "La bête noire" soundtrack is a jazzed-out expression of '80s French fusion, that accompanied a lesser-known oddball thriller written by cult author Jean-Pierre Bastid (Let The Corpses Tan) and featuring the cast of "Alphaville", "The Modern Couple" and "Sweet Movie". Short and sharp, the album featured a host of France's jazz greats, including saxophonist Philippe Maté, drummer Bernard Labat, and percussionists Marc Chantereau, Pierre-Alain Dahan and Michel Zanlonghi. Vannier plays piano and heads up the group on a proto-cosmic exploration of the kind of spy-theme weirdness that would later get folded into Broadcast and Stereolab's experimental patchworks.
With so many drummers, it's hardly surprising that the best moments are rhythmic workouts, like the manic, hand drum-led 'Rythme de la bête noire' and carnivalesque 'Danse de la bête noire'. But Vannier's lilting romantic jazz interludes are just as impressive - sample fodder for those of you looking for -that sound- or brain-tickling pseudo nostalgia for the rest of us.