FR / US, art electro-folk – Team Player recs
One would be hard-pressed to think of a more quintessential go-to artisan for dynamic and progressive new music than Lisa Papineau.
She began in her performance career in experimental theatre, and has since amassed a body of work that spans albums, film soundtracks, art installations, dance and theater productions, narration and producing, but is best known for her own mold-breaking voice – which Tori Amos once declared to have “…the power of Bon Scott and yet the lyricalness in the voice of a reed instrument…”
One may even know her voice before they know her name, as we almost couldn’t keep track of her prolific collaborations with, among them, AIR, M83, Jun Miyake, Halo Orbit, Jam Da Silva, Anubian Lights, her appearances on the (Academy Award nominated) film Pina, Watchman, Super and Crow II soundtracks, as well as her own projects, Pet (with composer Tyler Bates), Big Sir (her long running project with bassist Juan Alderete) and her eponymous group.
On her fourth solo record, “Oh Dead On Oh Love” Papineau has created a aural canvas of lush but quietly unsettling arrangements: strings, brass, woodwinds, and other traditional instrumentation fuse organically with ambient tones. Vocal harmonies reminiscent of 70s FM radio super groups twine seamlessly through percussive vocalizations, haunting Yma Sumac or Meredith Monk-like swells unravel into plaintive shouts.
Il disco è perfetto, colmo di fascino evocativo e caratterizzato da una straordinaria amalgama tra gli arrangiamenti stratificati e la voce ricca di sfaccettature della Papineau. Superlativo. Rockerilla
Una musica multiforme, che spazia da inedite raffinatezze pop , che profumano talora anche di jazz, a un folk accarezzato da percussioni ora vere ora digitali. 11 pezzi che ci sembrano perfetti pure per l’esecuzione dal vivo. 75/100 Rumore
Stratificazioni vocali, orchestrazioni lievi, arrangiamenti inattesi, melodie studiate. 7 Blow Up
Tra alt folk e elettronica, reminescenze world e rock che rendono il tutto variegato e gradevole.Alias / Il Manifesto
…una tela acustica di arrangiamenti rigogliosi ma silenziosamente inquietanti.Sentire Ascoltare
Lisa Papineau is a trailblazing exemplar of the crossover between experimental folk and avant-garde. Her rich arrangements are reminiscent of early Van Morrison, while her breathless and dazzling vocal performance falls in-between Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Liz Phair.Antwood Magazine (USA)