La Passagere


"The passenger has set up camp inside your body, and you can't remember if it happened yesterday or if she's always been there. Her crimson hair irradiates your blood as chants and laughs spill from the bedroom. The vessel shudders then arches as the loving parasite bites the back of your neck. In the mirror, bright red gum, milky teeth. The face that suddenly eyes you has painted the town over and poisoned the source. The orchestra of persisting ghosts wanted to record a Bob Dylan album that would sound like Iggy Pop The Idiot. All the while, you were delirious in a smoke-filled aquarium in a car with its windows sealed. Then, the wreck abandoned in a ditch, we took the sea towards California. On the bridge, the virus of the passenger gives her flesh to your starry silhouette. I love you even more, the both of you. Today."

Sophomore album by Marietta, La Passagère, follows Basement Dreams Are The Bedroom Cream (BORNBAD 074CD/LP, 2015), which was lauded by French daily newspaper Liberation, magazines Les Inrockuptibles, Magic, New Noise, and online magazine Noisey. After touring with his band for two years and playing well-received concerts at Villette Sonique, Rock en Seine, Levitation Festival, Musiques Volantes, Bars en Trans, laureate of leading French development prize Fair 2017 Guillaume, Marietta has come back with nine songs written in French for the first time. The album was recorded in Los Angeles by Chris Cohen, singer-songwriter and producer extraordinaire, with two albums signed on Captured Tracks and past member of Deerhoof and The Curtains. Mixed by Kenneth Gilmore, permanent member of Ariel Pink Haunted Graffiti, who counts in his mixing catalogue Front Row Seat To Earth by Weyes Blood (2016) and My Dreams Dictate My Reality by SOKO (BEC 5161988/5161989, 2015). A carnal, sensual, hallucinating, and melancholic record, fed by representations of the woman, the modern city, self-abandon, paranoia, and redemption. La Passagère is inhabited by the ghosts of Syd Barret and Lou Reed, and nods to contemporary productions by Kurt Vile, Cate Le Bon, Tim Presley, Kevin Morby, and of course Chris Cohen. CD version includes 12-page poster booklet. LP version includes printed undersleeve.