Los Angeles via Portland dance band YACHT are always staying busy, but the attention they’re receiving is next-level as of late. This compound post samples the music video for their newest offering, “Le Goudron” — a cover of a song by French singer Brigitte Fontaine — and their current front-page-of-Hulu fame.

 

FROM YACHT’S PRESS RELEASE:
“Le Goudron” is a surrealist revolutionary song originally recorded in 1969 with The Art Ensemble of Chicago; YACHT has reinvented its naive-apocalyptic candor for a neon-soaked dance floor, their preferred autonomous zone.”… Of the song, YACHT says, “we can only hope that our frantic, starry-eyed cribbing of Brigitte Fontaine makes us better people. In the meantime, we wanted to pay homage.”

YACHT – “Le Goudron” (Briggite Fontaine Cover)

YACHT have transformed Briggite Fontaine’s acoustic track into a dancefloor single, in the name of reviving a revolutionary dance anthem. See the French lyrics, with a rough English translation, below; this is not a revolutionary song in the political sense, but in the sensually-aware sense.

 

Download YACHT – “Le Goudron” MP3

Briggite Fontaine – “Le Goudron” (Original)

 

“LE GOUDRON” LYRICS (FRENCH)
Allons-nous promener. Quel bonheur d’être né!
Le chemin est si beau du berceau au tombeau.
J’ai perdu mes lunettes. Ça va être la fête!
Les soldats sont partis couverts de confettis.
Le temps est un bâteau, la terre est un gâteau.
Le monde est un jardin, tenons-nous par la main.
Le chemin est si beau du berceau au tombeau.
Nous nous promènerons dans l’odeur du goudron.
Dans les papiers qui traînent, blancs comme des migraines,
Blancs comme des mal blancs près des chantiers dormants.
Gavons-nous de beignets de frites et de poulets.
Le chemin est si beau du berceau au tombeau.
Nous irons voir flamber la ville tuméfiée.
La vie est une foire, j’ai mis ma robe en moire.
Mon frère est un raté car il est décédé.
Allons nous dévorer dans les hôtels meublés.
Nous aurons des mégots au fond du lavabo.
A l’aube les blessés cesseront de tousser.
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Nous aurons un bébé nous l’entendrons pleurer.
Comme de l’eau qui bout, les enfants sont tous fous.
Allons-nous promener. Quel bonheur d’être né!
Le chemin est si beau du berceau au tombeau.
J’ai perdu mes lunettes. Ça va être la fête!
Les soldats sont partis couverts de confettis.
Le temps est un bâteau, la terre est un gâteau

“LE GOUDRON” LYRICS (ENGLISH)
Let’s go take a walk. How lucky we are to be born!
The journey is such (a) beautiful (one), from craddle to grave.
I’ve lost my glasses. It’s gonna be a party!
Soldiers have left covered with confetti.
Time is a boat (and) the Earth is a cake.
This world is (like) a garden. Let’s hold hands.
The journey is such (a) beautiful (one), from craddle to grave.
(As) we stroll around, (the air will be fuelled with) the smell of tar.
In the papers left lying around, all as white as a headache,
As white as (not-so-)white, near build sites sleeping.
Let’s eat doughnut galore, and fries and chicken.
The journey is such (a) beautiful (one), from craddle to grave.
We shall be watching as the bruised and swollen city is consumed away by fire.
This city is a funfair. I’ve put on my dress with moiré patterns.
My brother is a loser (after all) he is dead.
Let’s devour each other in some motel.
There’ll be cigarette butts in the sink.
At dawn, the injured will cough no more.
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We will have a baby (and) we’ll hear him cry.
Like boiling water, children are all (barking) mad.
Let’s go take a walk. How lucky we are to be born!
The journey is such (a) beautiful (one), from craddle to grave.
I’ve lost my glasses. It’s gonna be a party!
Soldiers have left covered with confetti.
Time is a boat and the Earth is a cake.

 

Hulu – “A Day In The Life Of YACHT

A most hoaky of music journalism pieces (if one can call it that), courtesy of Hulu, with a Casey Kasem narration vibe and lots of comment flaming. Watch if you care! If not, it’s at least a fascinating growth of a formerly Portland-based band into Hulu fame. Everyone wants in on the music game train, from Hulu to Jansport. Gross.

 

YACHT Tour Dates

SHANGRI-LA TOUR 2012: PT.2 EUROPE
04-26 Nantes, FR – Pôle Etudiant
04-27 Tours, FR – Le Temps Machine
04-28 Paris, FR – KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD @ Gaîté Lyrique
04-30 Heidelberg, DE – Halle01
05-01 Frankfurt, DE – Zoom
05-02 St. Gallen, CH – Palace
05-03 Dublin, IE – Workmansclub
05-05 Belfast, UK – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
05-06 Bristol, UK – Simple Things Festival
05-08 London, UK – XOYO
05-11 Brighton, UK – The Great Escape @ Digital
05-13 Norwich, UK – Norwich & Norfolk Festival
05-14 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
05-15 Brussels, BE – Les Nuits De Botanique Festival
05-16 Lyon, FR – Nuits Sonores Festival
05-17 Barcelona, ES – Music Hall
05-18 Madrid, ES – Charada
05-19 Guimaraes, PT – Vila Flor
SHANGRI-LA TOUR 2012: PT.3 SOUTHERN U.S.A.
05-24 San Diego, CA – The Loft @ UCSD
05-25 Tucson, AZ – Plush
05-26 El Paso, TX – Neon Desert Music Festival
05-28 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
05-30 Gainesville, FL – Double Down Live
05-31 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
06-01 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
06-02 Miami, FL – Bardot
06-04 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
06-05 Nashville, TN – 12th & Porter
06-06 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
06-07 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
06-08 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
06-09 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
06-11 Norman, OK – Opolis
06-13 Santa Fe, NM – Sol
06-14 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
06-15 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
08-10 – 08-12 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08-31 – 09-02 Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival

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