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“… and also the feeling of being lost in language… hearing communication happening and getting a gut feeling about what it’s about, but not really knowing what’s being said. It’s the same feeling one has in a dream, someone is conveying an important message or trying to show you something… but you …just …can’t …quite …get… it… hear… it… turn.. your head in the right direction. I tried to bring that into this album. It’s the way I was really feeling the first year here, like a dream.”
-Lisa Papineau, interview @ mia
After dabbling with multimedia, the NY drama scene and posmodernism, Lisa Papineau made her early music splash in the late 90′s with P.E.T. Later she moved to L.A and worked with such groups as Fizgig, Fka and SissyBar, and there began a collaboration with the composer Tyler Bates.
Long story short, Papineau ended up in Paris working with Air (10,000 Khertz, Talkie Walkie), M83 (Before the Dawn Heals Us), and creating her solo project plus Big Sir.
She describes her musical experience in an earthy tone:
“I had enough of a voice that I got picked to do summer stock …But i figured that was the best I could do. This kind of jazz hands music. …I loved punk as a teen and I was even sure I wasn’t good enough for that but when I started trying to write songs. That’s when i got some confidence because the song tells your voice what to do. When I finally discovered people like brian eno, I realized that the voice was just a small tool and the song is the thing that changed everything for me, showed me how i could let out what I felt inside.” (more…)
Her debut solo album is cinematic, with air of electronica, groove and vocals delivered like a flute in places. Very sweet and solitary.
Cross boundries, language and genres collisions always entice me to view things in tangent. And the promise of different future is always euphoric even if it’s in state of delirium.
A note by F. Jameson:
”…I will therefore provisionally define the aesthetic of this new (and hypothetical) cultural form as an aesthetic of cognitive mapping … – a pedagogical political culture which seeks to endow the idiciual subject with some new heightened sense of its place in the global system – will necessarily have to respect this now enormously complex representational dialectic and invent radically new forms in order to do it justice. This is not then, clearly a call for a return to some older machinery, some older and more transparent national space, or some more traditional and reassuring prespectival or mimetic enclave: the new political art (if it is possible at all) will have to hold to the truth of posmodernism, that is to say, to its fundamental object – the world space of mulinational capital – at the same time at which it achieves a breakthrough to some as yet unimaginable new mode of representing this last, in which we may again to grasp our positioning as individual and collective subjects and regain a capacity to act and struggle which is at present neutralized by our spatial as well as our social confusion. The political form of postmodernism, if there ever is any, will have as its vocation the invention of global cognitive mapping, on a social as well as spatial scale.”
-Fredric Jameson, “Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism”, pp.54
“Night Breeze in Paris. w/ Lisa Papineau tracks”
01. Robert Dick – Pali Gap (Jimi Hendrix)
02. Oscar Brown, Jr. – A Ladiesman
03. Bud Powell – Dear Old Stockholm
04. Gil Scott-Heron – Ain’t No Such Thing as Superman
05. Vernon Reid – Who Are You? (Mutation 1)
06. PJ Harvey – Working for the Man
07. Lisa Papineau – Out to You
08. Maxine Sullivane – On A Clear Day
09. Big Sir – Blutrausch (smooth interlude) Master
10. Colleen Et Les Boites A Musique – Your Heart Is So Loud
Note: A slightly earlier Combo. Jazz at the early 70′s offered a chance to relive the notion of major genres being created and crossed over.(R&B, Funk, groove, Soul-pop) During this time early rapping such as Gill Scott also emerges. A little too wide, I tried to tag the whispy groove and somewhat less crowded approach in Lisa Papineau composition. Hopefully the list is groovy, but not to bumpy. (Is it possible?) anyway enjoy.