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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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3.15 | 8 ratings
3.00 | 3 ratings
Vibraslaps (with Ikue Mori)

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 Fluvial by JAUNIAUX, CATHERINE album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.15 | 8 ratings

Catherine Jauniaux RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dobermensch
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3 stars Another crazy French person. Catherine Jauniaux produced this album which is full of incongruities and bafflement that makes no sense whatsoever. That's why I love the French. They have so many insane bands. The Germans had the Krautrock thing, the Italians had 12 guys in their prog bands, The Brits had that more polished commercial thing going on - and the French.... the French... they were just mental. I have a list as long as my arm of the amount of bizarre and wacky musicians from this country. For example if you're after something completely off the wall try: Albert Marcouer, Etron Fou le Loublan, Ghedelia Tezartes, Jacques Berrocal, Philippe Besombes, Birgé Gorgé Shiroc, Theatre du Chene Noir, Pierre Henry, Jean-Pierre Massiera, Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin. The list goes on and on...

'Fluvial' is an album which is at once all over the place but at the same time pleasant listening. It's made up of vocal experiments with the help of eight musicians. You'd never think it though. All you can hear is Jauniaux's crazy vocals. Tuneless vocals at that. This is all highly experimental stuff that will not appeal to many. 'Doreso Trei Babys' sounds like a World War II night-time party in Vichy France circa 1943. 'Copul's Humus' like a red indian squaw get together round a fire by a wigwam.

Plinky plonky percussion plays a big part. It's well recorded and decently put together, but I just can't see this appealing to many people, despite the multitude of instruments used.

Each time I hear this I'm drawn to the stand out track 'Origine Des Femmes'. This just defies description. Bouncy vocals and springy bass are interspersed with strange violins and high pitched 'Bowie- Laughing Gnome' backing tracks. I wish I knew what she was saying. She sounds so pretty. It makes no sense but sounds so friendly and warm.

There's a lot going on here if you can get by the queer vocals. For instance, there's bursts of African percussion involved like finger pianos and bongos. Come to think of it - there's a whole lot of shakers, tablas, tambourines and all sorts of paraphernalia including reversed vocals that I was never aware of before. All of a sudden things go electronic with 'A Devine Image' with blaring trumpets and clashing cymbals mixed in with some strange sequencer. Truly bizarre and one of a kind. I'm always left scratching my head in confusion.

A fun little album that may be the worst best ever album I've heard.

 Vibraslaps  (with Ikue Mori) by JAUNIAUX, CATHERINE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.00 | 3 ratings

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

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

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...

Thanks to James for the artist addition.

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