new to stock as of
april 17th, 2007
|fractal (france) #fractal 008 cd|
michel bulteau “rinçures” compact disc
- poudre aux yeux (4:04)
- histoires scatologiques (5:19)
- trait et autres traits (7:31)
- un soir d'automne (3:07)
- absurde (4:35)
- en enfer (2:50)
- le gai danseur (5:48)
rinçures / cd
michel bulteau : voix.
jean-françois pauvros : guitares, claviers.
ernie brooks : basse.
recorded in paris, le sous-marin studio & live in vénissieux.
a brand new album by michel bulteau (mahogany brain leader, french underground 70's) + jean-françois pauvros (catalogue, rhys chatham, arto lindsay...) and ernie brooks (modern lovers).
bulteau dead pans various texts over a richly detailed, post sonic youth field of ambiant guitar wash from pauvros. a very impressive update on the lost french underground spirit, strange and dark, filmic.
at the dawn of the second millenium, the poet, musician and filmaker michel bulteau published under his own name his filth album rinçures, 28 years after his first recording with (junk-saucepan) when (spoon-trigger) - 1971, on the mythical label futura records. he was at this time leader of the avant-garde band mahogany brain. it was a group playing pre-punk music, very influenced by drugs. this free music was at the crossing of velvet underground’s white light/white heat and captain beefheart’s trout mask replica. their story is quite short-lived : two albums in two years, highly respected, two classical of the french underground. later, michel bulteau recorded a maxi 45 with elliott murphy (1989) and two solo albums during the nineties.
at the same time, michel bulteau who wrote poetry since 1966, published a harsh black volume: "manifeste électrique aux paupières de jupes - 1971", a wink to the surrealists and to the beats. this new and daring poetry permitted him a sensational entry on the litterary scene. he’ll publish in the following : "poème a - 1972" (j.j.pauvert), "ether-mouth, slit, hypodermique - 1974" (seghers), "des siècles de folie dans les calèches étroites - 1976" (belfond) etc... in paris, bulteau goes around with henri micheaux. the meeting with william s. burroughs in london was essential. he flew to new york in the mid-seventies and dived into the effervescent punk scene : iggy pop, lou reed, suicide, blondie, richard hell, patti smith... he also often see andy warhol, allen ginsberg and robert mapplethorpe and met up with burroughs. this extraordinary experience is related in a cult book : "flowers - 1989".
michel bulteau is an artist of our time : he has a bibliography of forty titles (poetry, prose, essays). books include : "mythologie des filles des eaux - 1982", "james dean - 1985", "le club des longues moustaches - 1988", "baron corvo, l’exilé de venise - 1990", "poèmes 1966/1974 - 1994", "aérer le présent, entretiens - 1998".
as a film director : ten short films ; among them : "main line - 1971", "astérie - 1979", "leila’s papers - 1996-98". bulteau’s film is unique in france today. he is working in the direction paved before him by kenneth anger, stan brackage and cocteau. "his work is personal, original, containing great promiss" wrote jonas mekas in 1976.
"rimbaud gave me his bones", michel bulteau said to me when first met in london in 1973. tall, sharp-featured, long black hair, black velvet suit. very skinny - skeletal ? only bones (rimbaud’s ? - i could believe it !) & nerves. nerved bones, bones nerves - emanating an electrifying intensity i have rarely witnessed. no wonder the manifesto he and several young french poets (matthieu messagier the other first-rate writer among them) had just published was called the "manifeste electrique aux paupières de jupes" - it remains the most radical experimental move(ment) in post-surrealist france.
if it & the ensuing poetry drew on french avant-garde traditions, it was primarily to demarcate themselves from these traditions ; the group’s major sympathies lay with burroughsian cut-up, a general post-beat panache & a warhol/lou reed-ian dandyism, via the core figure of the us-based french poet, translator & collagist claude pélieu - the latter’s sense of the "incurable retard des mots" (language’s incurable lateness) being an essential goad for the group’s activities.
the movement, as behooves all such groupings, disintegrated relatively fast, but bulteau went on to produce a wide range of work, from poetry (some 20 or so books & pamphlets) to prose narratives & essays (from la pyramide de la vierge & les filles des eaux to the recent novel l’effrayeur), as well as avant-garde films (such as main line) and several underground rock albums (mahogany brain’s smooth sick light ; rinçures). his energy remains unbounded, & he, the elegant, uncompromising enfant terrible (one of his books is called enfant dandy poème) of french poetry, is bonier, nervier, more intense than ever.
i imagined him there, in a café in sana’a playing at knucklebones with rimbaud - the stakes were high : the very bones of poetry.
(albany, august 2000)