|Marianne Dissard — The Cat. Not Me |
Marianne Dissard — The Cat. Not Me
♦♦♦ Tender and brutal chanson. Darker tales nest in an album close — and down — to the bone.
♦♦♦ Stormy, brilliantly twisted art–rock album. Meticulous arrangements, wrenchingly emotional musicianship, and Dissard at the top of her uneasy game: an early contender for best album of 2014.
Born: May 20, 1969, Tarbes, Pyrénées, France
Origin: Sud Ouest, Pyrénées, France
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Album release: January 20, 2014
Record Label: Marianne Dissard
01. Am Letzen 4:07
02. Mouton bercail 2:41
03. Pomme 3:11
04. Je ne le savais pas 5:00
05. Oiseau 3:31
06. Tortue 4:27
07. Election 3:26
08. Salamandre 5:25
09. Doll Circa 3:58
10. La partie de puzzle du jardin à la française 6:54
11. Heureusement sans heurt 2:59
♦♦ Recorded at WaterWorks in Tucson, AZ by Jim Waters
♦♦ Mixed at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, MN by Joe Mabbott
♦♦ Mastered at LOUD Mastering in Bristol, UK by John Dent and Jason Mitchell
♦♦ Produced with Jim Waters (Jon Spencer), mixed by Joe Mabbott at Hideaway Studio (Brother Ali, Atmosphere) and mastered by Loud UK (PJ Harvey, John Parish). ♦♦ Composed by Sergio Mendoza (Calexico, Y La Orkesta) with Thøger Lund (Giant Sand) and Marco Rosano (Y La Orkesta), Naïm Amor and Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson).
♦♦ Élégant recueil de cauchemars intimes, le troisième album de Marianne Dissard explore les jeux humains en créant un univers homme–animal fantasque et intriguant.
♦♦ Dramatic but never theatrical, this confident album confirms Dissard's evolution from the idiosyncratic mélange of Americana and Chanson that characterized her first two Tucson albums, 'L'Entredeux' and 'L'Abandon', an evolution stamped by her recent live collaborations with Seattle producer Budo and her move to Europe.
♦♦ Marianne Dissard is a French chanteuse from Tucson, Arizona now living in sunny Europe. She wrote her third album, ‘The Cat. Not Me’, with labelmate Sergio Mendoza (Y La Orkesta) who joins the ranks of Dissard’s previous composers Joey Burns (Calexico) and Italian pianist Christian Ravaglioli. ‘The Cat. Not Me’ premiered at SXSW 2013 in a live collaboration with Seattle producer/musician Budo and her move to Europe.
♦♦ “Meticulous arrangements, wrenchingly emotional musicianship, and Dissard at the top of her uneasy game: an early contender for best album of 2014.“ (source: New York Music Daily)
♦♦ Très bon album!
By Eric Swedlund
♦♦♦ French–born Marianne Dissard left her longtime home of Tucson last year, but not before recording her third proper album, one that pairs ambitious musical leaps with greater emotional vulnerability.
♦♦♦ Variety has characterized Dissard's musical path, from 2008's L'Entredeux (written with and produced by Calexico's Joey Burns), which found Dissard channeling Americana through her French chanson tradition, to the bright and theatrical L'Abandon (2011) to two loose, off–the cuff recordings, made in Berlin and Paris with her small touring ensembles. But The Cat. Not Me, composed with Sergio Mendoza, is bigger, stranger, wilder and artier than anything that's come before.
♦♦♦ To pick just two highlights: "Je Ne Le Savais Pas" is a tour de force, with Mendoza creating a menacing and dramatic soundtrack for Dissard's panic–stricken vocals, while "Salamandre" is a whispered, ache–filled ballad.
♦♦♦ Lyrically (Dissard offers English translations on her website), the album finds themes associated with a life in flux. There's a darkness and ferocity at times, deftly spotlighted by Mendoza's compositions. And there's a strong thread that hinges on questions of identity: “Did I grab this chance / I looked away ... I don't know any longer who I am,” Dissard sings on "Election."
♦♦♦ The musical partnership between Dissard and Mendoza breaks surprising new ground, with a confidence and an urgency to the songs that makes The Cat. Not Me is Dissard's most vibrant album yet.
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♦♦♦ Tucson, AZ chanteuse now homesteading in sunny Europe. New album 'The Cat. Not Me' premiered at SXSW 2013 with Seattle producer/musician Budo.
♦♦♦ Over the course of five acclaimed albums, unique hybrids of Americana and Chanson, Marianne Dissard has collaborated with Tucson’s sweethearts Calexico, Howe Gelb, Naïm Amor, Sergio Mendoza, Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez as well as with her extended family outside of Arizona, including French chanteuses Françoiz Breut, Amparo Sanchez and Fredda, Berlin choreographers Ami Garmon, Meg Stuart and Frank Willens, Belgium rocker Arno, Italian composer Christian Ravaglioli, Canadian guitar hero Luke Doucet and Rhymesayers producers BK–One and Budo.
♦♦♦ THE CAT. NOT ME — Tender and brutal chanson. Darker tales nest in an album close — and down — to the bone. Produced with Jim Waters (Jon Spencer), mixed by Joe Mabbott at Hideaway Studio (Brother Ali, Atmosphere) and mastered by Loud UK (PJ Harvey, John Parish). Composed by Sergio Mendoza (Calexico, Y La Orkesta) with Thøger Lund (Giant Sand) and Marco Rosano (Y La Orkesta), Naïm Amor and Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson).
♦♦♦ The Cat. Not Me (album) (2013)
♦♦♦ Berlin Two Takes (Cities Series road CD) (2012)
♦♦♦ L'Abandon (album) (2011)
♦♦♦ Paris One Takes (Cities Series road CD) (2010)
♦♦♦ L'Entredeux (album) (2009)
♦♦♦ Dedicated To Your Walls. May They Keep Blooming (demo album) (2006)
♦♦♦ Dissard has collaborated with Tucson band Calexico's Joey Burns, who composed her first two albums: lo-fi demo debut 'Dedicated To Your Walls' (2006) and 'L'Entredeux' (2008), which he also produced. An album of bitter love songs, 'L'Entredeux' won a Coup de Coeur prize from France's Académie Charles Cros in 2009 and was released in Europe on German label Pop Musik. Dissard's second album, 'L'Abandon' (2011), also garnered worldwide accolades. It tackled subject matters such as her hometown of Tucson, abortion, Mexican porn comic books and marriage. Third album The Cat. Not Me (2013) was co–written by Dissard and composer Sergio Mendoza of the Tucson mambo ensemble Y La Orkesta. Dealing with emotional and physical exhaustion, nightmares, addiction and botched connections, this nonetheless upbeat album premiered live at SXSW in 2013, with Seattle producer/musician Budo and violinist Andrew Joslyn.
♦♦♦ An intermediary album, 2009 Paris One Takes ("a fantastic album") is the first in the Cities Series of albums recorded while on tour. Berlin Two Takes, the series' second album, was released in 2012 and included a duet with Belgian singer Arno. Marianne Dissard has performed from Europe to North America, China as well as Turkey, New Zealand and Australia. Most notable live shows include those at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in July 2010 and in Europe, at the Dortmund's KonzertHaus in 2010, but also a walking donkey tour of the Pyrénées in 2010. Festival performances include New Zealand's Sounday in 2010, South By Southwest in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Joshua Tree Roots Festival, USA (2010) and Split Works' Black Rabbit Festival in China (2011).
♦♦♦ As a documentary filmmaker, Marianne Dissard has collaborated with Tucson band Giant Sand and Howe Gelb on 'Drunken Bees' (1996) and with artists Robbie Conal ('Post No Bills' (1993, co–producing credit), funded by ITVS/PBS), Robert Kramer on camera for French TV–funded film 'Low Y Cool' (2006) and Keja Kramer. Dissard's first fiction film, 'Lonesome Cowgirls', a remake of Andy Warhol's 'Lonesome Cowboys', was conceived as a companion piece to album 'L'Abandon' and shot in Tucson, Arizona in 24hrs in June 2010. Several music videos and short video pieces are also credited to Dissard.
♦♦♦ Marianne Dissard's performance pieces in collaboration with American–born, Berlin–based choreographer Ami Garmon have been presented at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (exhibit Hiver de l'Amour by Purple Prose 1994), Fondation Cartier (1994), Galleries D'Art Contemporain de Marseille (in residency, 1994) and Videoteca de Lisbon (1994), Arte TV Lounge (2010), Dortmund Konzerthaus (2011) and Zurich's Rote Fabrik (2011).
♦♦♦ As a lyricist, Marianne Dissard has written for Naïm Amor, Fredda, Françoiz Breut, Giant Sand's Howe Gelb and herself. She was the main lyricist for French avant–pop duo Amor Belhom Duo. Her bilingual French–English poetry and writings have been published in Spork and other US literary magazines.
|Marianne Dissard — The Cat. Not Me |