BIG SIR (Lisa Papineau / Juan Alderete from The Mars Volta)


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The beautifully textured tracks of Big Sir’s 2012 Before Gardens After Gardens get makeovers of thrashy proportions in the band’s latest release, Digital Gardens (May 2014). As the title implies, this latest effort consists of remixes and live renditions, all of them sped up and distorted thanks to the fuzz bass of Juan Alderete, vocalist Lisa Papineau’s normally ethereal voice growling old words anew, and assistance by Dave Elitch’s uptempo drumming. Big Sir, the Los Angeles-based project of vocalist Lisa Papineau (ME & LP, M83, Air) and The Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete, released their third album, Before Gardens After Gardens, in February 2012. The two composers’ articulate, electronic-tinged blend of R&B, jazz, and hip-hop falls somewhere between Papineau’s acoustic solo work and Alderete’s forays into prog-rock as part of The Mars Volta. Before Gardens After Gardens’ first single “Ready on the Line” spikes Papineau’s exquisitely harmonized Bjorkian voice with whistles, chimes, and mechanical claps. The subtle background heartbeats, reminiscent of Timbaland’s early work with Aaliyah, anchor the buoyant track, which otherwise threatens to float away on Papineau’s upper range, especially when she screams, “Get so high!”. Before Gardens After Gardens was released on Rodriguez Lopez Productions / Sargent House. The album also features contributions by The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala, RX Bandits’ Matthew Embree,  bassist Jonathan Hischke, and Beastie Boys producer “Money” Mark Ramos-Nishita.

June 14th Novara (IT) – Millenium
June 15th Brescia (IT) – BRain
June 16th Livorno (IT) – Surfer’s Joe
June 17th Roma (IT) – Airport 1 / Parco Centocelle
June 18th Avellino (IT) – Godot Art Bistrot
June 19th Cesena (IT) – Itinerario Festival
June 20th Guimarães (PT) – CAAA
June 21st Lisbon (PT) – Casa Independente
June 22nd Milton Keynes (UK) – Crauford Arms
June 23rd Bristol (UK) – The Exchange
June 24th Cardiff (UK) – Full Moon
June 25th Swansea (UK) – The Garage
June 26th London (UK) – Sebright Arms

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