"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.
Félicia Atkinson currently resides in Brussels, Belgium. lives in the northern east hills of Paris, France.
She's got an english name because of her grand grand father but she was a lonely child raised by her polish mom and her parisian father in an appartment surrounded by books. When she was a kid, she learned a lot of weird things for her age, many of them she had forgotten now, such as chinese, sword, baratanatyam, tibetan, harp, dance or theatre. This education made her creative and playfull. The work of Felicia Atkinson is inspired by two ways of thinking: the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of the unfinished, and the lo-fi folk in music. Imperfections, raw materials, rock culture are the materials of her body of work which includes performance, writing, music, drawing, photograph....
The main theme that follows her is the perspective of the poetry of small things in which are hided the deep questions of existance: the missing, the death, the desire, the unspeakable. How to play with important thoughts through game, rhymes and songs. She plays in a sound project called Roman Anglais with Sylvain Chauveau and have released an album "Roman Anglais" on O Rosa Records in 2008. Felicia is also involved in two other bands, Stretchandrelax with her best friend Elise (doing a sexy reductionism with catch helmets and bird noises) and Louisville, a rock band inspired by trees and strange places. She had played and showed her work in many places such as La Foundation Cartier Pour l'art Contemporain (Paris), The Empty Bottle (Chicago), The Knitting Factory (New York) ...
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