Les Draps Sourds - Bluebeard Sessions (2007)

by Marianne Dissard, Thøger Lund, French Tourist, Vicki Brown

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    LES DRAPS SOURDS - BLUEBEARD SESSIONS

    Album length: 32mn
    7 tracks

    Album of improvisations recorded in 2007 in Tucson, AZ by Marianne Dissard, Thøger Lund, French Tourist and Vicki Brown at Waterworks Studio. We improvised around "Les Draps Sourds" (originally a song from Marianne Dissard's debut album "L'Entredeux" composed by Joey Burns) with detours through "Flashback", also from "L'Entredeux" and Edith Piaf's "Padam, Padam".

    French filmmaker Catherine Breillat's US/UK trailer for her amazing film "Bluebeard" features an excerpt from this session. I'm glad it's in there. I love her work. Watch it here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLCWRyhdCQw

    Having just released "L'Entredeux", a collection of straightforward songs in a conventional pop format, I wanted to approach some of these songs in a different way. With musician French Tourist in town from France for a few days, I called up Tucsonans Thøger Lund and Vicki Brown and the four of us headed down to Waterworks Studio.

    Mostly, we wanted to have fun.

    Before Waterworks and the one-afternoon recording session, the four of us first tried things out on stage during an unrehearsed and memorable show at Solar Culture. It was an hypnotic evening. Then we went into the studio.

    Vicki Brown was on violin and loops, Thøger Lund on upright and keyboard, French Tourist on theremin and samplers and toys, I was on vocals and Jim Waters pushed the rec' button... once!

    What we had after we stopped was one long, uninterrupted improvised 43mn take around "Les Draps Sourds", its chorus deconstructed throughout with incantations of "on s'est aimé". I had decided at the start of the session that I would give myself a trajectory, a road map, a necessary constraint. I would start at "Les Draps Sourds" and would find my way to land on Edith Piaf's "Padam, Padam" through a short visit to my own "Flashback".

    When all was done, we struggled on what to do with these long one-takes improvisations. Where do you cut? How do you make 'neat' songs out of it? Do you have to make clear-cut songs out of it or leave as is?

    Thanks for listening!

    VIDEO : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXEq7g1D5LM
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released October 10, 2010

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Marianne Dissard, Thøger Lund, Vicki Brown, French Tourist

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Marianne Dissard Tucson, Arizona

French chanteuse Marianne Dissard recorded baroque desert noir chanson in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona with friends from Calexico and Giant Sand. She now lives on a wooden sailboat in England. “Complex and yet stringent, experimental and extravagant, dramatic and sexy” (Musikwoche) ... more

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