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Barth "Essence Of Giraffe" (2002, Boss Music)
Barth "Valentina Tuesday EP" (2002, Boss Music)
Barth "Under The Trampoline" (2006, Barth under exclusive licence to Ici d’Ailleurs in France)


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Barthelemy Corbelet learnt to play guitar at the age of 11. Quiet school life. Degree in anthropology brilliantly cut short.

Everything spiralled from then on. Barth found himself working as shop assistant at Cash Converters in order to survive. Here he developed his penchant for dressing up, helping himself to objects lying around the stock cupboard : flippers, wigs etc …
Of an irritable nature, a non-smoker due to never having felt the need, Barth went on to become courier for an elderly persons’ association, a job that didn’t steer him too far away from the human element, bringing him that bit closer to what he wanted to do later on : make music. Still struggling to make a living (decidedly) he started making music for tv, adverts, credits… Until he glimpsed the light at the end of the Euro tunnel : first album in England released by Boss Music “Essence of giraffe”, signed by Andy Ross the founder of English label “Food Records” (Blur, Jesus Jones, Idlewild…). Autodidact and partisan of the do-it-yourself approach, Barth cobbles his work together using second-hand material (drum-kit, old-fashioned keyboards, his guitar, an analogical 8- track tape recorder and pure gold in his hands…). The album was recorded at his flat in Paris-Bastille.
“Barking but brilliant” the Sunday Times would say. Nice.
Concerts. Many. Camden Barfly, 93 Feeteast, Metro. Including opening for the Libertines, Shack or even the Pretenders during the Franco-English leg of their European tour. Lives and talk shows on radio for BBC, SBN and XFM (John Kennedy’s Explosure) in the UK and for Chris Douridas’ radio show : New Ground on KCRW (Los Angeles). Axel Concato, life-long friend, would accompany him on keyboards.
For his second album “Under the trampoline”, Barth would leave the confines of his bedroom and go into the studio, recording with Mike Pelanconi (Graham Coxon, Gregory Isaac) who co-produced the project.
Result : a pop jewel , sparkling glints of surrealism, cut Jamaican style by an Anglo-Italian freebooter.
Not surprising then that “The Last Wig” was promptly snapped up as soundtrack for the latest Joker juice TV ad. Not to mention its extensive airplay, from Radio Nova to the supermarket closest to you.

All this in a fancy dress costume of his choice, lovingly put together after raiding his drawers. Bonnie Prince Billy’s moustache. Lee Perry’s moon boots. The supple, bouncy hairdo of Beck. The Gretsch of Rob Orbison. The side smirk and tights of Damon Albarn. Simply Barth.

Barth likes football too. He’s remarkable in attack.

“Under the trampoline” is a shining example of class, nonchalance, precision, vivaciousness and panache: pop gems contoured by dub music, his own voice permeating his own lyrics.