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[Audio] – Jane Birkin – “Kawasaki” (1973)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on June 1, 2009

Jane Birkin – “Kawasaki” (1973)

Birkin’s work here is indelibly imprinted with the signatures of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier in top-flight ‘Melody Nelson’ mode, and that’s hardly a bad thing: those whirling strings, spare funky drums and bass, weeping guitar, and balanced temperaments of dynamism and melancholy are effective as ever.  But Birkin’s half-sung, half-breathed vocals add a nice counterpoint to Gainsbourg’s more earthy speak-sing.  The coy, coquettish album cover doesn’t hurt.

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  1. Bendy said, on June 1, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Hey that cover looks to be a Julie London reference-

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/195/469035173_80632dcd9c_o.jpg

    Pretty early bit of po-mo for the pop world.

    • Soundslike said, on June 2, 2009 at 12:55 am

      Whoa, neat find.


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