In 2002, I moved to a new flat. It took me a long time to fix up everything in the apartment. One of the first song that I recorded at home, with dried white paint all over my hands and arms, was a cover of "porque te vas" (originally by Jeanette). I actually recorded nine different covers. It was the start of the covers album project. But I was not convinced with the initial result (is this them?, is this me?, what's the point?) and then thought I would get back to this later on, which happened sooner rather than later. More precisely, I proposed to French musician Sylvain Chauveau to do a show at les Instants Chavires with the theme of covers. That was in April 2003. We rehearsed a bit and played the show. It was a nice experience, for the very first time in my life I was performing more than one cover on stage at once. Around that time I also wrote a few songs for French singer Francoiz Breut and we practiced a bit. I plan to record these songs sometime.
all the don nino shows and the nlf3 trio tours at the end of 2003, I started
to record new songs for a new album. Songs of mine. I sometimes worked
on really old songs or worked on very new and fragile material. Some songs
were written in 1997-1998, but the rest are very recent, dating mostly
from 2003. It took me quite a long time to choose the sounds for each
arrangement and I did funny things like beating an armchair in place of
playing th kick drum or recording the piano seven times because of a microphone
stand changing its position during the take. I have great memories of
the "Real seasons make reasons" recording in 2001 with my brother
Fabrice and the musicians Jerome Lorichon, Ludovic Morillon. But this
time I really wanted to reach a very particular level of intimicy. I forced
myself almost to do everything alone, in my living room, surrounded by
nothing but instruments and mics. At the very end I asked my wife Marie
to do some back vocals on one song and asked musician Benoit Rault to
record some flutes arrangements for two songs. Fabrice helped me as well
to complete the mix.
As soon as the mix of "on the bright scale" was finished, I started to record new versions of the cover songs. This record should be ready soon see obsessions follow their track and keep knocking at your door.
Covers with sylvain chauveau, montreuil, france 2003.
of "La Fenetre", a short-movie in progress.