Saturday, March 2, 2019

Lisa Papineau dazzles in the progressive chamber pop affair "Beautiful"

From Vermont Cali France, Lisa Papineau is a creative whirlwind who started out in experimental theater eventually pushing her progressive art endeavors into the realms of albums, film soundtracks, art installations, dance and theater productions, narration and producing. Her voice is so captivating, so endearing and lead Tori Amos to describe her tones as having "...the power of Bon Scott and yet the lyrical-ness in the voice of a reed instrument..."  It is a description only a poet such as Amos could conjure up but it it dead on. Just listen to her latest offering Beautiful. The musical production feels sort of retro like 70's chamber pop with subtle jazz flourishes and world music tones and then you have the evocative melody, guest male vocals and that... that incredible voice of Lisa Papineau.

This song is beautiful, whimsical and or so original. From her fourth solo record, "Oh Dead Oh Oh Love"

Robb Donker

Press Notes:
On her fourth solo record, “Oh Dead On Oh Love,” Papineau has created an 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. “While writing, I could see the physical landscape of each song plainly,” Papineau explains, “…an image in the mind’s eye versus a particular chord… it took some time sitting alone in the woods to figure out how they translated sonically. And how all these fleeting images pulled together into one panorama.”

After fleshing out the world of the album, Papineau was able, to her great joy and contentment, to collaborate with many longtime musical partners: Tyler Bates, Jam Da Silva, Juan Alderete, Matthew Embree, and Koool G Murder to name a few. The album artwork is by renowned visual artist Andrea Mastrovito, who also provided the cover for her album Red Trees. “It is always a bit frightening for me each time I crawl out from the rock I’ve been hiding under, holding on a little too tight to my fistful of songs… but the experience of once again working with people I love, people who are hysterically fun but whose drive and creativity also push me, makes the coming together of everything on this record a true gift.”

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