BARTH

BARTH

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A sort of French Damon Albarn meets Beck meets Roy Orbison meets Lloyd Robinson. A groovy looking fella with a talent to match.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

The Last Wig

Written By: Barth

I took a room at the Arthemis Hotel
I counted all the palmtrees on the wall
I woke up in the morning
With the song played by the circus down the street
I saw your lost profile on the bus line 2
To playa Santa Fe I guarantee
I looked at you so deeply
You turned to me and said : my name is Lee
In town the stores were closed
Because you said you’d be on the beach my girl
Yeah you said you’d be on the beach
I kicked my red balloon under your sunshade
You offered me something fresh like a juice
I splashed my face with it
Then you licked my skin from neck to cheek
Well well well well you know my love is fine
Well well well well
In town the stores were closed
Because you said you’d be on the beach my girl
Yeah you said you’d be on the beach
Now you’re gone and I would like to have some
Other pictures of you without a wig
But your laugh so white and your legs so high
You’re still pretty
Well well well well you know my love is fine
Well well well well

I Got You In My Dream

Written By: Barth

I want myself to live in the raw
Kill me dead and ship my body home
Nevermind your haircut I won’t forget your face
Yes my love is special
Yes my love is special
And I won’t change it even if you leave the bed
I got you in my dream tonight
I got you in my dream tonight
Should I disturb your caretaker
Should I run up the stairs like a wolf
A wide sensitive story
Sounds better than a yawn
Yes my love is special
Yes my love is special
And I won’t change it even if you leave the bed
I got you in my dream tonight
I got you in my dream tonight
I got you in my dream tonight
I got you in my dream tonight

Miss Glacee

Written By: Barth

Losing my time on the highway
Because of the cold I’m blind
Nevermind the weather situation
All my mates walking hard in the snow
Looking for a daydream
Feeling out of the liquid
It’s been a long time since I forgot
The smell of a birthday cake
Nevermind bloody conspiracy
I speak the truth for my feet in the dark
Feeling out of the liquid
Living for the liquid
To do nothing but sleep on the ground
Tear me wide apart
Sleeping away
To do
Loosing my time on the highway
Because of the cold I’m blind
Nevermind the weather situation
All my mates walking hard in the snow
Looking for a daydream
Feeling out of the liquid
To do nothing but sleep on the ground
Tear me wide apart
Sleeping away
To do

Discography

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)

Set List

15 tracks, 45 minute set
1- Digitale Pouffiasse (Essence of Giraffe, 2002)
2- I got you in my dream (Under the Trampoline, 2006)
3- Saliva on my Apple ( Tempete de Singes, to be released)
4- Miss Glacee (Trampoline)
5- Sea of showers (Trampoline)
6- Formes et electricité (Giraffe)
7- Guerre du Plomb a Bourg-Fidele ( Trampoline)
8- Ezekiel 49 ( Giraffe)
9- Peter Madox of Hollingsworth ( Giraffe)
10- Picton du Bocage ( Trampoline)
11- Customer 5 ( Singes)
12- Banana Monday ( Giraffe)
13- Dogs slip away ( Singes)
14- Royal Charter ( Trampoline)
15- The Last Wig ( Trampoline)