Album Review

Roche, Brisa – “Takes” – [Discograph]

ophelia necro   12/18/2007   A Library

The second release from American/Parisian beauty Brisa Roche. 15 tracks, all in English (the debut had both French and English). Band Members are:Brisa Roche, Jeff Hallam, Pierre Fruchard, Fred Fortuny, Franck M’Boueke, Nick Zinner, Philippe Rigal and Sebastian Buffet. A lot of instrumentation here…ocarina, harmonica, tambourine, electric, acoustic and bowed bass, wurlizter, rhodes, hammond L100, melotron, piano, electric and acoustic guitar, drums, vibraphone, etc. Brisa describes the album as ” Druggy-NY-meets-folky-Westcoast-pop-with-psychedelia-and-Brittish theatrics” with a bit of a 60s/70s SF feel to it (cue tambourine, hand clapping, etc). Her voice is very dreamy, the music is mellow and floaty, incorporating layers of harmony. There is a lot more arranging and composing going on with this release (than in the debut CD) and the variety of instrumentation is really impressive. All songs were written by Brisa. The artwork inside the package are self-portraits done by Brisa as well. What can’t this woman do? Her band is currently touring in France, the live band members are: Brisa, Pirzo on drums, Lena Deluxe on keys, Jay in Space on guitar and Richard Horon on bass.

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