American Anymen + Lise – Oui EP (Self-released)
Release date: 21 December 2016
This week brings the release of the ‘Oui EP’ from Brooklyn-based American Anymen and Parisian chanteuse Lise, and we are premiering the full stream. This four-track release is their second together, following their debut ‘+EP’ in 2014.
Recorded partially in Montreuil, Paris and Brooklyn and also playing concerts in NYC and Paris over the past two years, this partnership would otherwise sound quite romantic if it weren’t for the subject matter of the tracks included.
“These four new songs are about how I dealt with my time in prison, my 13-year battle with heroin addiction, the memories of friends who made me happy but are not around to hear these new songs, and how the world is much simpler than the ruling elites make us think,” explains Brett Sullivan.
American Anymen is a music collective, whose view on art is that what you have to say is more important than the equipment you own and that passion is more important than technical expertise. It was formed in 1999 by video artist Brett Sullivan, who sings and wrote the songs on this album. Scott Fragala is a New York native who has played bass with the band since 2004. Tracy Brooks plays drums and Flugel horn on this EP.
This release is very different than their latest ‘Start My Center’ EP. They are joined by Lise, a Parisian pianist and singer, whom Sullivan met at an open mic event in Bushwick, Brooklyn several years ago. The two enjoyed each other’s performance, met and exchanged views and their visions, deciding that same night to try collaborate with one another.
“When I heard Brett’s songs for the first time, they immediately found a home in me. It felt right. It felt real. It felt important. Thank you, American Anymen, for letting me, my broken English, and my clumsy percussion nest into your music,” says Lise.
Lise’s eponymous debut album was released in 2011 on French label Cinq7. Initially pursuing a classical music education at the Conservatory of Narbonne, she eventually discovered pop and rock music, as well as America first hand, her luggage now filled with new sounds, including Björk, The Pixies, Joni Mitchell, and The Smiths. Having toured the world, Lise has undergone a transition to synth pop in recent years.
“OUI is the answer to all the questions about this EP,” says Lise. “OUI, I’m really happy about this new chapter in my collaboration with American Anymen. Was the spontaneous home recording of OUI a real treat? OUI. Am i hoping for many more? OUI OUI OUI.”
The multi-talented Erica Schreiner also contributed vocals on the song ‘H’ and contributed the cover art.
All photo credits Courtney Farren.
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