Compelling recent work from Jean
– an artist who's probably best known for his funky grooves behind Serge Gainsbourg's early 70s classics, but who also has some surprising power here on his own! En Publique is a 1985 live recording by Vannier
– one that's orchestrated with some of the baroque touches of earlier work, but which also features Jean
singing in a style that's a bit more personal and intimate – nicely juxtaposing his vocals and persona alongside the more ambitious arrangements of the set, in a way that almost recalls Brazilian performances of a similar nature. Fait Maison is an even more personal document – a more recent recording by Vannier
, done with piano and light percussion accompaniment, in a style that's almost jazzy at times – and which has an easygoing, home-made feel that's quite nice. The sound's very different than Vannier
's early strings and funk, but has many of the same dark themes – and we really appreciate the way he translates that older idiom into a maturing that almost has the same power, and which shares plenty of the breathy depth of Gainsbourg's early 70s years. Live titles include "L'Amour Propre", "Reviens Je M'Aime", "Divas Divines", "Heureux Malheureux", "Mon Beau Travelo", and "Le Petit Singe Qui". Maison titles include "Des Mots Demodes", "Le Coeur Qui Penche", "Psy-choses", "Le Film Du Dimanche", and "Je Suis Parti Avant Le Film".
(Out of print.)