Félicia Atkinson – Hand In Hand
Félicia Atkinson new full length album, ‘Hand In Hand’ is an expanded development of her musical compositions started with the highly-acclaimed
A Readymade Ceremony released on Shelter Press in 2015, and follows her collaborative effort with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma Comme Un Seul Narcisse (Shelter Press, 2016).
Composed over the year of 2016 at EMS during a snow storm and at home in Brittany, Hand in Hand could be considered as the most ambitious body of work recorded by the French musician and artist.
Doubt and Optimism are the two sides of a same coin. Hand in Hand is arid and warm in its whole synchrony and opposition. Days are burning and nights are made of ice. Coyotes are exchanging sounds with rattles snakes while bunnies are hiding. Strident modular sounds are tearing apart minimal beats and drones. The stories told by A Voice to the auditor are no longer fictions and become slowly reality.
Electric waves transmitted by living creatures and machines seem to deliver special sounds and frequencies that only non-human can hear. They grow and vibrate despite of the walls and interdictions. Therefore, the human who is listening to this record might find in it a particular kind of emotion a way to take space in silence, and frame a certain vision of thinking while losing a certain notion of time, acknowledging step by step its universal environment. Plants, galaxies, animals, machines, Hand in Hand.
This record is meant to be a moment of common thinking and listening in its diversity and abstraction. In the same way a sci-fi novel by Philip K. Dick or a sculpture by Guy Mees can be percieved: trivial, sensitive and mysterious at the same time.
The opening track, I’m Following You is a bleached romantic ballad for Fender Rhodes that could be the ending title of a Martian love story, whereas Visnaga praises the resources of a desert plant through asmr voices, field recordings and evasive chords. A House A Dance A Poem is a feminist hymn composed as a pyramidal structure, referring in the same time to the A-frame houses, the yoga position of the triangle, the first letter of the roman alphabet and the feminine sex. In the closing song, No Fear But Anticipation, Atkinson offers an open hearted plea about the existentialist necessity of finding desire even when the times seem too dark to think about it. A telepathic and non-scholastic anthem for Don Delillo, Joan Didion and Jean Paul Sartre. The final Buchla sounds that close the record seem to deliver an unspeakable message that only birds and aliens could transcript.
The echo of the 80’s sci-fi anxious aethetics resonates with today’s transparency of digital sounds in the whole record. The cohabitation of simple midi textures and historical Serge and Buchla signals are convoked and confronted together by A Voice. The human instrument appears here as the epicenter of the recordings, giving to the others instruments a gravitational point.
Joan La Barbara, Robert Ashley or Delia Derbyshire are the main influences of Atkinson in their own way of inviting fiction, composition and abstraction as the essential materials of composition. For Hand In Hand, Félicia Atkinson used different sources for the lyrics and scores of her tracks: house plant instruction books, Desert Magazine old issues, architecture manuals, JG Ballard and K. Dick’s books, as well as her own poetry.
Félicia Atkinson will premiere Hand In Hand for GRM’s festival Presences Electroniques with a 16 channels diffusion. A 7 hours extended version of the record, conceived as an evironmental audio book will be broadcasted for 2 months at La Criée Center for Contemporary Art from April 1 to May 31 in Rennes (FR).
Artist: Félicia Atkinson
Album: Hand In Hand
Label: Shelter Press
Style: Experimental, Abstract, Ambient
Released: 04 May 2017
01. Félicia Atkinson – I’m Following You
02. Félicia Atkinson – Valis
03. Félicia Atkinson – Curious In Epidavros
04. Félicia Atkinson – Adaptation Assez Facile
05. Félicia Atkinson – Monstera Deliciosa
06. Félicia Atkinson – Visnaga
07. Félicia Atkinson – A House A Dance A Poem
08. Félicia Atkinson – Vermillions
09. Félicia Atkinson – Hier Le Désert
10. Félicia Atkinson – No Fear But Anticipation
Félicia Atkinson – Hand In Hand
Shelter Press – SP081
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, black
05 May 2017
Experimental, Abstract, Ambient
A1 I’m Following You
A3 Curious In Epidavros
B1 Adaptation Assez Facile
B2 Monstera Deliciosa
C1 A House A Dance A Poem
D1 Hier Le Désert
D2 No Fear But Anticipation
All music Felicia Atkinson
Recorded in 2016 Lucious Green Studio ( Rennes, FR )
EMS studio ( Stockholm, SE )
Additional vocal on ‘ A House a Dance a Poem ‘ Elise Ladoue
‘ Valis’ Also Appears As An Original Soundtrack For a Film By Alexander Stewart
Lyrics Inspiration Animals Philip K. Dick J.G.Ballard Desert Magazine House Plant Books
Artwork – Félicia Atkinson
Photograph of Elise Ladoue Thomas Scotto D’Abusco
Design Bartolome Sanson
Production, Engineering and Mixing Felicia Atkinson
Mastering Helmut Erler Dubplates and Matering, 2016
Limited black vinyl edition housed in reverse board-printed inners and double-width spine jacket.
SHELTER PRESS 2017
Félicia Atkinson “Adaptation Assez Facile” (SP081)