Extraordinary Tales Of A Lemon Girl is an epic soundtrack, a trilogy equally inspired by glorious Italian Gialli than the odysseys from Homer, Lewis Carroll or James Joyce. Divided in three sections depicting a « fruity » Lemon girl’s nonsensical journeys to oneiric lands.
Once again Philippe Petit offers a thematic framework, whose musical script only aims at revealing a beginning and its ending while inviting the listener to wander along the variety of sounds, melodies, textures, themes… Surprise, surprise…
Sweet cosmic Lemon Girl
Firewalking in your night
Dream growing on grey velvet
Her fortress is a bronze mirror
From her tree hang an apple
But she’s not for you to eat.
No escape from her heart
Die your Lemon paradise
Chapter I: Oneiric Rings On Grey Velvet
Inspired by the symphonies of Herrmann, Holst, Sibelius, Berlioz, Shostakovich, and a few other… “Oneiric Rings On Grey Velvet” is a “Cyclic” soundtrack in which thematic material being varied occurs in more than one movement as a unifying device.
An electronic orchestral record incorporating 20th century classical traditions but framing them in something quite new, while orchestrated for turntables, violins, violas, cellos, double bass, harp, oboes, clarinets, french horns, bassoon, piccolo, tuba, percussions & a choir… Original melodies blurred in to become unconsciously suggested, reappearing here and there, then Petit reworked-modified some themes with his virtual instruments, added percussions, turntablisms, Electric Psalterion, some prepaired Cymbalum and various recordings from his archives.
The tale divides in two sections :
Side A comprises Movements 1, 2 & 3 where Romantic melancholy is colliding with Avant-electro-acousticisms, unfolding a lush harmonic brillance, transporting you into the layered instrumentation which will give chills down your spine while seducing your heart…
Side B consists of Movements 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 forming a dramatic suite, richly detailed and surprising, eliciting action and suspense, thrilling “listeners-indanger” with a sense of uncertainty about the outcome of certain musical actions until the triumphant orchestration in the final Movement concludes in an absolute victory. Though not musically trained/educated, Petit obviously lies outside the classical genre but his scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner.
« Extraordinary Tale Of A Lemon Girl » continues his investigations into the boundaries of extant, contemporary scoring through the lens of modern cinema. These ideas were initiated in his album Henry: The Iron Man (Aagoo/Beta Lactam Ring Records), “A Scent Of Garmambrosia” (Aagoo Rds), “Silk-Screened” (Trace Recordings) and continued with “Fiends With A Face” his duo with James Johnston (Dirter Promotion) or “OFF TO TITAN“: his recontextualisation of Gustav Mahler‘s first symphony” out on Karl Rds.
Philippe Petit is interested in soundtracks; even if he creates original music he’d rather be introduced as a “musical travel agent” than a composer. Petit uses an Electric Psalterion and Hackbrett Cymbalum + computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings.
To second the machine he likes to move various glasses, or percussive objects, and take advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds.
A journalist for various magazines and radio as well as a musical activist, Petit has celebrated 28 years of activism, sharing his musical passions as the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp.
Aside his solo works, Petit has assembled what people call a dream-team of collaborators, often joining Lydia Lunch or Faust onstage, and working with: Foetus, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Murcof, My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Scanner, Cindytalk, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Guapo, Leafcutter John, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe and many more…
He is also the founder (w/ Hervé Vincenti) of the international collective Strings Of Consciousness.
Formats : CD/LP Boxset/mp3
Catalog Number CD : AGO039
Catalog Number Boxset : AGO045
Barcode CD : 741360444850
Barcode LP : No
Release Date : January 2012
1. Movement I
2. Movement II
3. Movement III
4. Movement IV
5. Movement V
6. Movement VI
7. Movement VII
8. Movement VIII
LP Boxset (3 Albums) : $42.00 + Shipping costs
CD (Chapter I) : Sold Out
Immediate Download (3 albums) : $6.99
iTunes (3 albums) : $9.99