Inspired by French poet Jacques Rigaut, the duo of Yannick Franck and Craig Hilton attempt to translate his dada-leaning written work into a surreal and unsettling audio journey. "Flowers for L.P." succeeds on a lot of fronts due to the album's oblique, unclassifiable approach to music and instrumentation. It's a predominately drifting piece, but smartly weaves in rustles of human activity, buried field recordings, and disembodied voices to give it a multi-layered and complex effect. The end result sounds like the creaks and groans of a horror soundtrack coming to life in a way that is uncomfortable but oddly enticing. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia
*Handcrafted edition | Strictly limited to 95 copies.* Belgian noise performer and US electroacoustic musician and member of Loincloth (Southern Lord) and post metal band Gauchiste Craig Hilton team up and deliver an enthralling ode to French dada poet Jacques Rigaut.
"Le jour se lève, ça vous apprendra".
Yannick Franck teams up with North American musician Craig Hilton (of bands Gauchiste and Loincloth) to provide this hauntingly contemplative collaboration .
The album has been inspired by French poet Jacques Rigaut (1898-1929), who remains one of the most mysterious and overseen poets in French literature.
Although linked to the dadaist movement Rigaut didn't really belong to any group or trend. He did live his life as he wrote, with nonchalance, if not apathy towards existence leaving only aphorisms and short or unfinished novels behind him.
Despaired to be depraved of himself, Rigaut tried to find who he was among his many reflections. The eye, looking at the eye, looking at the eye... Until he broke through the other side of the mirror to become his double, Lord Patchogue. That he described in such terms: "vulnerability, weakness, and fear of being changed into a new fabric".
Rigaut's disregard towards life and his refusal to take anything seriously aroused an amused though irresistible attraction to suicide, suicide that he actually committed in 1929, shooting a bullet in his carefully dot marked forehead. "Asserting suicide rather as a last snook at life and its callous reality then as something utterly tragic" says Franck.
Rigaut was also the central character of Louis Malle's "Le Feu Follet" (1963), a film after the eponymous novel published by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle in 1931 .
Far from being a desperate complaint to an idealized, iconized Rigaut, Flowers For L.P. slowly flows and glows like the deep waters of a great city's river at night. Conceived as a soundtrack to Rigaut's dark, surreal, even fantastic journeys, where his slightly ironic smile never completely fades away.