Mon, January 28, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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A multifaceted and fiercely independent artist, Wax Tailor established his
reputation in just a few years as one of the leading voices of the post hip-hop and
downtempo scenes. With 3 albums under his belt, as well as over 400 concerts
in more than 50 countries, he has enticed fans worldwide with a unique musical
Returning with the concept album Dusty Rainbow From The Dark, the French
producer gives us a musical tale inspired in large part by the enchanted world of
children. His fourth long player is also a charming allegory on the escapist power
of music.
This multicolored fable with an international cast takes us on a wandering path
through psychedelic trip-hop and baroque hip-hop. Wax Tailor has redefined his
craft, giving us a work that is at once modern and timeless.
The idea behind this album came forth in 2006, while JC Le Saout, the producer
behind the Wax Tailor moniker, was putting the finishing touches on his second
album. The concept was tinkered with during four years, and at the start of 2010,
JC decided to give it form through a three step process: musical composition,
writing the story and casting the album.
The key step when JC decided to write this album was to go back to his first love
of sampling. Having worked extensively with studio musicians for his last two
albums, and touring with a symphonic orchestra for part of 2011, Wax Tailor
decided to work exclusively with samples to craft the music on this album, but
added a unique twist to the process. The sampling on Dusty Rainbows From
The Dark does not try to replicate loops, but rather to gather textures and rework
them to create entirely new instruments. Each texture found wandering the
grooves of countless phonograms is reworked to become an individual note.
These notes where then programmed to give him a palette of various
instruments, which are then used to compose melodies. This approach, which
took the better part of a year to put together, enabled Wax Tailor to get a very
vintage feel to the sound of the album.
During the fall of 2011, Wax Tailor developed the musical score of his new work.
He then relocated to New York to work with singer-songwriter Sara Genn, to pen
the plot of the album. Using the music as inspiration, they would draft the story
that runs throughout Dusty Rainbow From the Dark.
At the start of 2012, the final production stage of the album began. The first order
was to find a narrator, a role which was tailor made for the legendary voice of
Don McCorkindale, best known for his work on the serialized radio version of
The Avengers, on the BBC. Simultaneously, Wax Tailor casted guest vocalists
that would appear on the album, drawing from familiar collaborators such as
(Charlotte Savary, Sara Genn, Mattic, A.S.M, Ali Harter) as well as new voices
(Aloe Blacc, Elzhi, Jennifer Charles, Shana Halligan, Akua). Finally,
reknowned Children Book Illustator Rebecca Dautremer came on board to
create the art that would accompany the story and offer her vision of the main
The Album:
One of the strength of this record is certainly to have assembled such a cast
(Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Charles, Elzhi, Charlotte Savary, Sara Genn, Shana
Halligan, Mattic, Ali Harter, A.S.M, Akua) and manage to utilize them in the
context of a plot.
The stage is set on the opening notes of Exordium. Luxuriant orchestrations and
feminine murmurs parade in the background while Don McCorkindale’s
captivating voice leads the way. The story unfolds as the album charts its course,
alternating between scenic moments (No), psychedelic notes (Heart Stop) and
the ethereal presence of female vocalists (Dusty Rainbow, Down In Flames, No
Some tracks are built around the type of scratch dialogues (Only Once, Past,
Present, Future) that so compelled listeners on Wax Tailor’s classic Tales of the
Forgotten Melodies album. Other find the producer acting as an sonic
alchemist, combining genres such as swing and funk (The Sound), or soul and
traditional Indian music (Time To Go). The many instrumental tracks ooze
symphonic orchestrations (Phonovisions) or dwelve into the movie soundtrack
territory (From The Dark). With this grand mosaic, Wax Tailor manages to
evolve from his previous albums while remaining faithful to his style.
The Journey:
It’s in 1986, when he first discovered hip-hop, that JC Le Saout found his calling.
In the early 90’s, he became the host of a respected show on the French radio
“Droit de Cite”, while launching his own band, La Formule, for which he held the
roles of MC, producer, as well as booking agent and manager.
Quickly, French Rap gave way to other interests, and JC developed projects
based around instrumental or vocal productions where the cinematic influence
was beginning to show. At the end of the decade, he launched the “Breathing
Under Water” project, working alongside European hip-hop acts such as
Looptroop and Infinite Livez.
The leap towards a project that would reconcile all these influences happened in
2002. With his first EP, Lost the Way, Wax Tailor gains the attention of a lot of
DJ’s and Journalists in his home country.
In 2005, his first album Tales of the Forgotten Melodies comes out to critical
and commercial acclaim and is widely considered as a classic of the genre. In
2006, the album is picked up for a North American release and events
Hope & Sorrow, his second album, sees the day in 2007. With guests such as
Ursula Rucker and Sharon Jones, the album is a runaway success, earning
gold record status in France and ending up nominated at the Indie Music Awards
as well as the Victoires de la Musique, France’s academy awards. Wax Tailor
takes his concept on stage and begins to tour intensively. The following year, the
song Seize the Day becomes the the key soundtrack element to Cedric
Klapish’s Paris, and Wax Tailor remixes Nina Simone’s I Am Blessed for
Another French gold record follows in 2009 with In The Mood For Life. After a
150 date world tour, Wax Tailor releases the Live a L’Olympia DVD / CD,
before hitting the road with the symphonic orchestra of the Rouen Opera.
Wax Tailor has collaborated with numerous artists, such as Sharon Jones,
Ursula Rucker, Keziah Jones, Aloe Blacc, Charlie Winston, Alice Russell,
Charlotte Savary, A.S.M, Mattic, Archive, RJD2, DJ Format, DJ Vadim,
General Elektriks, Daedelus… He will play live at the London Olympics on the
closing day, August 11th.
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