"La La La" was recorded at home in Paris and Brussels.
As a multimedia artist more than a full time musician, I decided to use rough materials of recording and mixing such as Garageband free software, in a democratic and playfull way, with the instruments that were at home, such as piano, acoustic guitar, glockenspiel and field recording from the room.
The songs were done by improvisation, then edited with sometimes the help of Sylvain Chauveau, in the aim of keeping something very oral, inspired and spontaneous.
Some pieces have been presented before as a sound installation in real space. I like when there are connections and echos of the same piece in different mediums such as installation, recordings, texts, sounds.
The lyrics are in different languages in this idea of playing with the different levels of knowledges and images. One of the song, "Schnee Part", is the reading of a poem by Paul Celan, "Umlessbarkeit", in the "Schnee Part" antholgy. It is read in German as many time as i needed to understand it.
The last song, "Lonesome as the Sun" is based on the guitar of David Daniell, a great guitarist from Chicago i met with Sylvain in New York City.
Chanting and playing "La La La" was for me at the same level as drawing or writing: something to measure the present time and the perspective of the vanished, as a memento mori.
released November 13, 2008
All the songs are written and composed and recorded by Felicia Atkinson, 2007 -2008 in Paris and Brussels
song 2,3,5,7,8,9,10 arranged by Sylvain Chaveau
song 9 : Poem "schnee nait, umless baskeit" by Paul Celan
song 11 : guitar by david daniell, recorded in chicago, 2007
Drawings and handwrittings by Felicia Atkinson, artwork design by mondii
This record is dedicated to Sylvain Chauveau
Thanks to S.C., Nao, David Daniell, Elise, my parents, Friends and good teachers
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