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Boomkat Product Review:
Unmatched vanguard pop 'n freeform folk fire here from two regular collaborators at the height of their creative powers. North African folk styles rub against French chanson and minimalist electronic drones sit alongside rapid hand-drum experiments and acid-washed vocal improvisations. Thirty-three tracks of explorative, intimate back-and-forth from two visionary artists who inspired everyone from Jim O'Rourke and Sonic Youth to Stereolab and Björk.
'Vous Et Nous' was misunderstood when it emerged back in 1977. Fontaine and her creative partner Areski had already worked together exhaustively by the time it was released, but this bumper collection experiments was a startlingly unique proposition. The album began as a solo proposition from Areski, who worked at Jean-Pierre Chambard's studio improvising direct to tape and recording poems, percussive ideas and brief folk songs. Fontaine began adding her contributions covertly, dubbing vocals while Areski was sleeping - over time, these additions became bolder, and 'Vous Et Nous' began to materialize from the ether.
The album's sketchiness is part of its appeal; each track feels like an attempt to explore a different avenue: opener 'Vous et nous' pairs sufi-like vocal chants with burbling analog electronix, 'Patriarcat' is p-funk influenced low-slung electro pop, 'Je suis venu te voir' is acidic North African folk, 'Le ciel' drifts from Berber percussion into chintzy chanson. Heard together, it's like listening to a free flowing mixtape, you know - the best kind.