New music for the one-track-minded…

Any rising band wanting a seasoned, yellow-toothed sound need only sample Brigitte Fontaine. That’s what the Portland duo YACHT has done with this cover of a not-forgotten oldie by the 70-something, avant-garde, anti-rhyme French singer. With a wit so dry she could roll it up and smoke it, Fontaine is a lovably contrarian combination of Marianne Faithfull and Françoise Sagan. To promote an upcoming European tour, YACHT found a 1969 recording of Fontaine’s Le Goudron, a chirpy tune about the futility of life, and gave it a deferential and suitably wry electronic score that makes you want to dance and sneer at the same time.

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