TAPE FAMOUS: BEST CASSETTES OF THE YEAR
Article and Interview. by Louis-Julien Nicolaou:
Live on Radio France broadcast Le RenDez-Vous with Jun Miyake
ITALIAN TOUR DATES
29 NOVEMBER AVELLINO Ex Asilo Patria e Lavoro
30 NOVEMBER ROME Unplugged in Monti Black Market
1 DECEMBER FAENZA Clandestino
2 DECEMBER GRATTAMMARE Montefleuri
4 DECEMBER SAVONA New Raindogs
5 DECEMBER BRESCIA Carmen Town
6 DECEMBER NOVARA TBA
GUIDE ME LITTLE TAPE REVIEW
Well this is exceptionally fearless. Tape scene ambience, confident female vocals, grinding noise and pop art sensibilities from Lisa Papineau, with Blood Noise on Hornbuckle Records. Sounds and feels vintage, futurist, and completely authentic. Tracks develop patiently, with Papineau providing ethereal accompaniment to sparse bits of astral soundscapes. I adore the way the vocal feels instrumental as opposed to simply narrative, but not so much so that it feels unstructured. Lush multiple layers of backing that float drum patterns simply and effectively. The flip is littered with standout tracks, particularly Frozen Blue, with it’s harsh looping guitar, and the delicate Little Light, earnestly asking, will you fill the world with your song?. Heck, now that I hear it again, the closer The Weather Gone kills with soft cooing and addictive groove. This absolutely hooked me from the first second, and carried me until the last.
Really sharp looking physical product. Pro dubbed and imprinted on black, housed in a yellow norelco. Edition of 200 available direct from Hornbuckle.
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REVIEW: STRIKER BILL
What did it sound like when the Sirens called out to Odysseus’ crew in The Odyssey? It’s impossible to say exactly what Homer had in mind when he composed his famous epic poem, but it would be no surprise to me if what he imagined coincides with the most recent set of songs from Lisa Papineau. Even if the name may not be immediately recognizable to many, the names of folks she’s collaborated with (including Air, M83, Anubian Lights, and her project with Mars Volta bassist Juan Aldrete called Big Sir) are more than enough to pique your interest.
On her third solo album Blood Noise, Papineau doesn’t require a lot of bells and whistles in order to accomplish what she sets out to do. Recorded partly from her bed as she recovered from complications of MS, she created an expansive avant-pop sound with a minimal amount of instrumentation. From her lastest, the song “Out for a Swim” specializes in sparse synths and drum machine loops to create an icy blanket of sound. But it’s the layers of hushed vocals that catch your ear the most, cascading in a wash that reveals pure, unadulterated emotions. These vocals are surprisingly hypnotic, luring you in like a Siren as their seductive affirmations (“and now I’ve found the courage to return to the sea”) play well over the bed of instrumentation she’s crafted. It may seem an unassuming listen at first, but by the time you’ve made it all the way through you can’t help but be sold on what Papineau has achieved here.
ALBUM REVIEW: MUZIK DIZCOVERY
Experimental pop artist Lisa Papineau has created music for the darkest haunts in our souls with her new album Blood Noise, a haunted forest of twisted orchestration, sinister synths and vaguely psychedelic foliage (for the video game buffs, imagine your favorite Nintendo soundtracks getting the remix treatment from Silent Hill's Akira Yamaoka) over which her voice reigns. Papineau's performance is an exorcism of sorts: she recorded much of the album in one take while recovering from cancer surgery, and throughout the nine tracks here it sounds as if her wispy, emotive soprano is grasping at strength. Somewhere and somehow, she manages to find it: on “Out For A Swim,” her voice floats above the choppy instrumentation like a foghorn, and though it's scratched and pained, it never stops pulsing. “And now I cannot face the water, but it's too far to turn back,” goes one line, encapsulating the subdued but ferocious spirit that breathes unexpected life into Blood Noise.
MAGNET MAGAZINE MP3 AT 3PM: RAINMAKER
Even if you don’t know Lisa Papineau by name, chances are you’ve heard her voice. After working with artists such as Air, M83, Jun Miyake and Big Sir, Papineau has recently released Blood Noise via Neurotic Yell Records. The latest single off the LP, “Rainmaker,” is an avant-pop piece that will take you to another time.
Auxuliary Phoenix remix of Rainmaker
RAI RADIO 3 BROADCAST FEATURING BLOOD NOISE
Host Valerio Corzani discusses the making of Blood Noise, Lisa’s work, and plays Little Light and Light Up World (a song she collaborated on with Nick Reinhart from Tera Melos) (Blood Noise segment: mins. 21:50-30:00) Streaming, or, download Volume del 01/11/2013.