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CATHERINE JAUNIAUX is a unique French born vocalist and composer who's contributed to numerous R.I.O. projects and has stood at the forefront of vocal improvisation of the downtown NYC scene for many years. Her vocals exhibit a vast platter of sounds, encompassing invented languages to schizophrenic meanderings and everything in-between. Some of the projects she has participated in include: The Hat Shoes, Aksak Maboul (vocals on a select tracks), Des Airs, The Work, Third Person and collaborative work with the likes of Erik M and Ikue Mori. She also was the wife of late cello player Tom Cora.

Her first (and only) solo album 'Fluvial' was recorded in 1983, teaming up with formed Henry Cow member Tim Hodgkinson (production), along with copious amounts of guest musicians. 'Fluvial' is a delightful collection of compositions ranging from folk-esque song, childish bantering, tribal drumming, to distinct Henry Cow-isms. Her unique vocals, which are often likened to Dagmar Krause and Haco, are complimented cohesively by a varied array of instrumentation: Viola, bassoon, guitar, piano, drums, clarient, cello et cetera.

CATHERINE JAUNIAUX is a sorely forgotten musician in the Avant-prog realms, who will appeal to lovers of female fronted Avant-pop collectives like Art Bears, Non Credo and Lindsay Cooper (solo).

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Vibraslaps (with Ikue Mori)

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 Vibraslaps  (with Ikue Mori) by JAUNIAUX, CATHERINE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.00 | 1 ratings

Vibraslaps (with Ikue Mori)
Catherine Jauniaux RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dobermensch

— First review of this album —
3 stars An almost indescribable album by French female mentallist Catherine Jauniaux and equally bonkers percussionist Ikue Mori. 'Vibraslaps' is riddled with (thankfully) short sharp tunes which collectively can only be summed up as one hell of a queer and quirky album.

Catherine Jauniaux clearly has a good set of vocal chords on her but intentionally sounds off key throughout. In fact she sounds mostly like a house cat trying to escape from the inside of a washing machine.

Only Ikue Mori's ultra strange and crystal clear percussion and drastically fragmented electronic drums keep things on any semblance of direction. Next to this percussion all we have are the crazy 'Muppet' like vocals of Catherine Jauniaux who clearly lost the plot some time ago.

It almost sounds like someone stuck a bicycle inflator in her mouth and inflated her head to four times it's normal size before she started singing.

A percussion and vocal heavy excursion into territory untrodden. An enjoyable album for those who have truly gone fishing...

Good in small doses but almost impossible to listen to from beginning to end. One extra point awarded for originality... but really, it's heavy going...


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