RÏCÏNN – Lïan

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Blood Music
Released: 2016
Buy Album: http://www.blood-music.com/store-eu/product.php?id_product=726
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/LAPAGERICINN

CD Digipack - 6 Page - 1 Tray

Band line-up:

Rïcïnn (Laure Le Prunenec) – vocals, composition
Laurent Lunoir (Öxxö Xööx) – guitar, backing vocals
Vincent Beaufort – drums
Anthony Miranda – bass
Marie Leclerc – accordion
Guillaume Pruvost – cello

Tracklistings:

1. Uma
2. Onde
3. Orchid
4. Sien Lian
5. Little Bird
6. Orpheus
7. Drima
8. Lumna
9. Ohm
10. Laid in Earth (H. Purcell)

Review:

In terms of a bold opening gambit to a bio, Laure Le Prunenec – the person also known as “Rïcïnn” – has gone right to the top of the leaderboard:

“Language is the reason behind Rïcïnn, in reaction to her difficulty to express herself to a world in her “native tongue”, the need to reach for a higher form of communication and translate her imagination to others”.

I can’t work out if this sounds like an interesting phenomenological premise, an advert in ‘Vogue’ or an A-Level art project where they spent a bit too long getting stoned and put down any old shit. However, stay with this, it gets better.

‘Lïan’ is the first full album by this artist, after working on other accessible items such as ‘Öxxö Xööx’, an “avant-garde” doom project, and ‘Igorrr’, a death/baroque/breakcore project. Rïcïnn claims to have influences from rock, metal, trip-hop, baroque, classical orchestral and abstract electronica. Not only would I agree with this, but I definitely felt some strong folk influences, not to mention a clear trad goth feel. Her voice is capable of a purity but frequently changes texture. At times I heard a bit of Lisa Gerrard, at times Gitane Demone (at odd moments Bjork, only, you know, good, but don’t tell anyone – shh…). This is a very imaginative and talented individual with backing musicians to match.

Anything that attempts to be an all-encompassing descriptor of this album is doomed to fail. It is an extremely complex blend of styles, all of which definitely work together. Look for some goring bass riffs along with a famous Purcell aria – it’s all in there. Part of the beauty of the album is that they are there to find for yourself, so I shall let you do so.

I genuinely cannot tell you whether I love this album or just really, really like it. It is undoubtedly musically fascinating but there were moments where I thought it moved on a bit quickly from one phrase to the next, although I imagine this is intentional.

Anyone who’s a fan of Diamanda Galas, Dead Can Dance or Julianne Regan I expect to relish this, and it’s certainly a record you can be proud to have on your shelf. I will be buying it and I recommend you do too.

Review by Bob Davidson
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