YANNICK FRANCK & CRAIG HILTON - FLOWERS FOR L.P. idcd009
"Le jour se lève, ça vous apprendra".
"Stunning collaboration between the ever evolving Belgique droner YANNICK FRANCK and CRAIG HILTON (known from GAUCHISTE), intense & dark surrealistic drone/dreamscapes that move into unknown fields, ghostly, slow, swampy (…) phantastic album, highly recommended !!" DRONE RECORDS
"een eerbetoon aan de duistere en letterlijk fantastische reizen of zoektochten van de dichter die van peilloze diepgang getuigen" KINDAMUSIK
"a cohesive and enthralling mass of interrupted spaces to engage with" BLACK AUDIO
"From the searching for ground at the beginning and the high mountains towards the end of it, this is some heavy slab of ambient noir, dark, brooding and somewhat violent. Perhaps as crazy as the one who inspired it? A top heavy work on the hottest day of the week, and I was wondering: how did I survive?" VITAL WEEKLY
Yannick Franck teams up with North American musician Craig Hilton (of bands Gauchiste and Loincloth) to provide this hauntingly contemplative collaboration .
The album has been inspired by French poet Jacques Rigaut (1898-1929), who remains one of the most mysterious and overseen poets in French literature.
Although linked to the dadaist movement Rigaut didn't really belong to any group or trend. He did live his life as he wrote, with nonchalance, if not apathy towards existence leaving only aphorisms and short or unfinished novels behind him.
Despaired to be depraved of himself, Rigaut tried to find who he was among his many reflections. The eye, looking at the eye, looking at the eye... Until he broke through the other side of the mirror to become his double, Lord Patchogue. That he described in such terms: "vulnerability, weakness, and fear of being changed into a new fabric".
Rigaut's disregard towards life and his refusal to take anything seriously aroused an amused though irresistible attraction to suicide, suicide that he actually committed in 1929, shooting a bullet in his carefully dot marked forehead. "Asserting suicide rather as a last snook at life and its callous reality then as something utterly tragic" says Franck.
Rigaut was also the central character of Louis Malle's "Le Feu Follet" (1963), a film after the eponymous novel published by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle in 1931 .
Far from being a desperate complaint to an idealized, iconized Rigaut, Flowers For L.P. slowly flows and glows like the deep waters of a great city's river at night. Conceived as a soundtrack to Rigaut's dark, surreal, even fantastic journeys, where his slightly ironic smile never completely fades away.
- Yannick Franck & Craig Hilton - Flowers For L.P.