Three Times Dead
Hemlock Smith and Les Poissons Autistes discovered each other on the Web-Sampler « Bon pour les Oreilles Vol. 2 » that the swiss magazine « L'Hebdo » compiled in 2007. Normally, those two projects should never have met; the gentle Pop of the former and the noisy landscapes of the latter seem way too far apart, but a mutual attraction developed nevertheless, almost at once. Maybe it's the haunting melancholy that is present on both shores... The desire to collaborate came to life and, after a few interesting demos, Hemlock Smith and Les Poissons Autistes are now proud to present the result of their teamwork, aptly titled "Three Times Dead". Hemlock Smith is the project of singer/songwriter Michael Frei, active in Lausanne, Switzerland. His music, anchored somewhere between Pop, Rock, Folk and Jazz, tells darkly ironic stories, sung with a gentle voice. "A Secret Life" (2002) and "Umbrella, Fitz & Gerald" (2006), his two albums so far, managed to create a discreetly captivating universe. A third album is currently due for release in early 2009. Les Poissons Autistes, founded in 2001, are a duo; Stéphane Babey and Philippe Simon, travelling back and forth between Lausanne and Geneva. Their enthusiasm for sonic landscapes became stronger and stronger every year; recorded with guitar, bass, trumpet, accordion and empty beer cans, thereafter dismembered and lovingly reassembled in their laptops, they made several albums, the last of them being titled "Mal Foutu" (2007) (although several new projects are already heating up their harddisks). "Three Times Dead" mixes these two worlds together rather than presenting them as opposites; the sweet Pop loses itself in the drones, the soft Piano intertwines with a screeching guitar, the voice develops ever new facets and mutates into an instrument of it's own. Sometimes intimate, like in songs such as "Les Corps Subtils" or "Birmingham", sometimes like an earthquake (see songs like "The Flat Hands" or "A Space between us")... The lyrics turn out to be a real trip into movie land, with ghastly figures creeping around in macabre stories. You will meet Charles Bukowski, Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney and a very peculiar legal examiner from Texas. Tales, screams and songs, everything mixes up and is eventually devoured by the Noise. A voyage to the borders of a dream world...