Monday 25 June 2012


I saw this song this morning. I listened to it quite soon after that. The only thing that I couldn't understand was why YACHT were now singing in French. Must be a remix, I thought. So I went and Googled 'Le Goudron' to see who'd done it before. Turns out it's a pretty famous number by Brigitte Fontaine, with some strange folksy/psychedelic acoustic guitar accompanying her singing.

Well, YACHT decided to create a revisioning of the song. And really I didn't say remix because the only things that stay the same are Brigitte Fontaine's voice and the original song's repetitive melody. Maybe it's more correct to call it a cover.

In any case, it is now an electro house masterpiece of open hi hats fizzing with white noise and modulated bass synth. With the French vocals this song actually sounds like it could've been produced by a French DJ or band, someone like Sexy Sushi - it has a similar sound to French electro stuff.

Listen listen listen.

I really like it. The clackety, distorted synths start bolting around like thunder towards the end of the track as Brigitte's surreal refrain whips around like wind: "Le temps est un bâteau, la terre est un gâteau".

Time is a boat, Earth is a cake.

The song, anyway, comes from YACHT's Le Goudron on DFA Records and was released 93 years ago. Just joking - April 13th 2012. Another song on the album is the floaty and friendly 'I'll Be Your Mirror'.

Again this is a cover-type song, of Velvet Underground's 1967 original. This re-treatment, again, works really well. It's understated and beautifully cute. Nice one YACHT. Bobby Birdman's remix of 'Le Goudron' is really cool too (LISTEN TO THAT HERE).

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