With her musical talent already being compared to the likes of legendary folk artists Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, it’s no surprise that upon hearing her “rare, poetic voice” English singer-songwriter Piers Faccini immediately took 21-year-old Jenny Lysander under his wing. The Scandinavian songbird recorded her debut album in Faccini’s studio in the rural Cevennes region of southern France. Away from the distractions of metropolitan life, the countryside offered the perfect stillness over which Lysander’s ethereal, delicate songs can really be heard.
For its second release, the recent label of the European Jazzdor festival called upon three enchanters to make the cauldron bubble, those of the Kesselhaus of Berlin. The formula is new, but it is straight away essential as one of the antique types found amongst the half effaced runes. On one side, two wizards fron the Rouenish Crucible, guitarist David Chevallier on the other the percussionist Denis Charolles. On the other a second third of Diaboliques, after the first album of Jazzdor series dedicated to Joëlle Léandre the singer Maggie Nicols comes to add spice to the boiling potion of these two pyromaniacs, accomplices of long date.
Yves Rousseau is one of the leaders of the french and european jazz scene. Among his various activities, he has managed for more than ten years, as head of his quartet, a work of writing and improvisation at the outpost of jazz and new music styles. With an original orchestration that gives to this formation its so unsual sound. It unites 4 musicians with affirmed personnality in touch with various musics like jazz, of course, but also baroque music, song, without neglecting the major composers of the XXth centuary… The result is a wide variety of melodies, tempi, nuances, choices in the timbres and in the modes of play which have a single quality and aim to solicitate the publics imaginative.
A quick look at Discogs tells us that DJ Oil previously had a solo album out a few years back on Discograph, which totally passed this writer by. When I wondered why I realised I had pretty much given up on the trip-hop genre, which was so ubiquitous through the ‘90s and noughties, but fell off the radar as it became ever more ‘ambient’ and unchallenging. Well, this release should have said radar beeping furiously, because it’s anything but soporific mood music. DJ Oil has definitely put the ‘hop’ –hip-hop’s urban grittiness—back into trip-hop, while the trip is all about our lives now, more often a nightmare than a hazy escapist fantasy...