Powerdove

NEWS


BIO

‘War Shapes’ is the fourth album released by Annie Lewandowski under her alias Powerdove. An instrumentalist trained to perform the most skilful improvisation, she has written and sings these soft, uneasy songs whose zones of discomfort and vulnerability are then unveiled by handing them over to some choice troublemakers. On previous releases John Dieterich (Deerhoof, Gorge Trio, Colossomite) and Thomas Bonvalet (Cheval de Frise, L’Ocelle Mare) came together to coordinate unrivalled magnetic fields at the heart of melodies and completely renewed the structure and substance traditionally required to create a pop song. It was therefore quite an experience for the listener to instantly grasp the poignant verses whose familiar beauty quickly made way for all kinds of surprises, excesses and astonishing sounds.

The same can be said of this new release which was recorded at Studio Chaudelande by Emmanuel Laffeach then mixed in Liverpool by Adrian Riffo and Bonvalet himself. However none of Powerdove’s previous offerings has ever sounded quite so raw, so naturalistic and so ethereal. This is due to the musicians’ method which has changed somewhat, as they began recording and discovered most of Annie’s songs for the first time simultaneously, arranging them there and then in a direct embrace with the present moment. This adds a new form of spontaneity, allows even more improvisational freedom and encourages a very fertile instrumental ambiguity which then gives free reign to the listener’s imagination. We don’t know who is playing what, or which instrument we are actually listening to for that matter; yet no pre-fabricated prestidigitation is used.

Creating confusion and surprise whilst conserving clarity rather than slipping into a comfortable blur is indeed just one of the band’s many strengths. Dieterich’s chipped ceramic guitar has vanished to make space for Chad Popple’s raucous percussion tickling (drums, vibraphone, glockenspiel) which opens up an infective dialogue with Thomas Bonvalet’s long-serving motley instrumentarium  including banjo, concertina, oversaturated mini-amps, bodge-job brass instruments, handmade percussion and various other installations. The melodical grace of Lewandowski’s voice is this time more intense, precise and refined, floating over modest synthesizer sounds, flurrying around as if to blow out some candles. In a mix of abandonment and extreme concentration we hear her sing fake haikus while a neighbouring metaphysical blacksmith reddens his anvil and an over-zealous surveyor noisily measures impossible landscapes which seem to unfurl before his eyes only.

‘War Shapes’ is interspersed with miniature illuminations, drypoint etched then splattered with wild colours only to be crossed-out with psychotic calligraphy and enhanced by granular layers. What is prodigious throughout all of this are the harmoniously arranged paradoxes contained in the album. A gust of wind does not simply follow on from a stillness, they mix and intertwine intelligently then dissolve with mathematical rigour into a scene which is immediately understood and yet will forever remain impossible to recreate. In short, what we have here is a thrilling record of strange pop governed by an ultra-personal syntax. It’s an album that rumbles with immediate beauty and unsettling events, comprising likeable and even hospitable songs despite the fact they were born and somewhat mistreated in a highly unstable context. ‘War Shapes’ is yet another unexpected chapter in the enthralling adventures of these poet/musicians for whom music represents both the exploration of a personal universe and a channel for the transmission of unspoiled emotions.

LINE-UP
Annie Lewandowski : vocals, sampler, synthesizers
Thomas Bonvalet : electric guitar, banjo, effects, mini-amplifiers


LINKS


PRESS


CONTACT

Booking : jullian.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

Promo : promo.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Bitter Banquet

    Fo'c'sle Records2018
    CD
  • War Shapes

    Murailles Music2017
    CD / LP / digital
    Buy
  • Arrest

    Murailles Music2014
    CD / LP / digital
    Buy
  • Do You Burn ?

    Murailles Music / Africantape2013
    CD / LP / Digital
    Buy
  • split 7″ with Curtis Mc Kinney

    Northpole Records2012
    7"
  • Be Mine

    Circle into Square Records2011
    CD
  • EP Live at the Maybeck House

    s/r2010
    CD
  • EP Self-Titled

    demo2010
    Digital

Past shows

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  • DateCountryCityVenuewith 
  • 14/05/2020FranceParis (75)Le Beau Festival, La Boule Noire (ANNULÉ)Aksak Maboul, JFDR event
  • 01/12/2019FranceAvignon (84)Les Hauts Plateauxinfos event
  • 30/11/2019FranceVaulx-En-Velin (69)Grrrnd Zero / GZ Anniversaire 15 ansHeimat, Balladur, Physique, Pan Pan Paninfos event
  • 29/11/2019SuisseGenève (CH)Festival Face Z, Salon d'HiverBruit Noir, Vox Low, Lfant infos event
  • 28/11/2019FranceParis (75)Petit Bainrelease party de Arlt 'Soleil Enculé'infos event
  • 26/11/2019FranceToulouse (31)DAdaJeffers Waldo event
  • 03/08/2019FrancePlougonvelin (29)Festival Visions 7,77 - Fort de BertheaumeBorja Flames, Drew Mcdowall, EYE, Tanz Mein Herz, Shackleton, France, Techno Thriller, Tzusing, Vessel, Unit Moebius.infos event
  • 04/09/2018Grande-BretagneLondonCafe OTOinfos event
  • 03/09/2018Grande-BretagneNewcastle upon TyneCobalt StudiosMushinfos event
  • 02/09/2018Grande-BretagneEdinburghHenry Cellar's Barinfos
  • 02/09/2018Grande-BretagneGlasgowSharmanka (matinee performance)
  • 01/09/2018Grande-BretagneLiverpoolBean There Coffee Shopinfos event
  • 31/08/2018Grande-BretagneDorsetFestival End of the Road (BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction) - Larmer Tree Gardens (Tipi Tent)infos
  • 30/08/2018Grande-BretagneBristolCryptCacophonus Sarcophagus event
  • 14/04/2018FranceChabeuil Festival Rencontres entre les mondesinfos event
  • 12/04/2018FranceLilleL'AéronefDominique Ainfos event
  • 11/04/2018FranceMassyCENTRE CULTUREL PAUL B.This is the kitinfos event
  • 10/04/2018BelgiqueBruxellesLes Fabriques event
  • 09/04/2018FranceParisEspace BKaraocake event
  • 19/11/2017FranceLyonTBA - Anniversaire du Grrrnd Zero infos
  • 18/11/2017SuisseGenèveLa ReliureFederico Dal Pozzoinfos event
  • 17/11/2017FranceParisFGO - BarbaraLa Terre Tremble !!!infos event
  • 15/11/2017Grande-BretagneLondresThe DentistAshley Paulinfos event
  • 14/11/2017FranceCaenLe BazarnaomLa Terre Tremble !!!infos event
  • 13/11/2017FranceLilleCentre Culturel LibertaireMAG, Luzerne, Ville Noireinfos event
  • 12/11/2017BelgiqueBruxellesLes Ateliers ClausAshley Paulinfos event
  • 11/06/2017FranceBiarritzPioche Projects event
  • 10/06/2017FranceJurançon (64)La Ferronnerie event
  • 09/06/2017FranceGerm (65)Chez Lily event
  • 08/06/2017FranceConcots (46)La LogetteFaustine Seilman, Infatigable Dead Horse event
  • 07/06/2017FranceBordeauxiBOATChris Coheninfos event
  • 06/06/2017FranceTarbesCeltic Pubinfos
  • 05/06/2017FranceToulouseLe DAdainfos
  • 19/05/2017FranceLyonQuirky Festival, Le Bal des FringantsBégayerinfos event
  • 18/05/2017FranceParisL'Espace en CoursGaspar Claus solo event
  • 17/05/2017FranceNantesLe lieu uniqueTrombe event
  • 16/05/2017FranceMettray (37)La Grange IntergalactiqueTasty Grany event
  • 15/05/2017FranceRennesLe TerminusCantenac Dagar event
  • 14/05/2017FranceLanvéocFestival l'Ex-Îleinfos event
  • 13/05/2017FranceCherbourgLa ChercheUltra Kabron & Rafhell event
  • 08/06/2015FranceToulouseThe Persimmon HouseDavid Simard event
  • 07/06/2015FranceLa Chapelle Gonaguet (24)Prieuré de Merlande (SOLO)
  • 06/06/2015FrancePoitiersFestival Less Playboy is More Cowboy (SOLO)Moon Duo, Wand...infos
  • 05/06/2015FranceMetzLes Trinitaires, Chapelle (SOLO)Elvis Perkinsinfos
  • 04/06/2015FranceSarregueminesLe Terminus (SOLO)
  • 03/06/2015FranceStrasbourgLe Troc'afé (SOLO)
  • 02/06/2015FranceLyonLa Triperie (SOLO)Bess of Bedlam event
  • 31/05/2015FranceCaenGroarg Palace (SOLO)Portier Dean
  • 30/05/2015FranceRouenAître St MaclouSourdureinfos event
  • 29/05/2015FranceParisOlympic CaféMichel Henritzi & À qui avec Gabriel + Dana Valserinfos event
  • 28/05/2015FranceLa Roche-sur-YonLa Gâterie
  • 27/05/2015FranceLimogesLe Phareinfos event
  • 26/05/2015FranceBordeauxLe MaestroKim Myhrinfos event
  • 25/05/2015FranceTarbesCeltic Pub
  • 24/05/2015ItalieBergamo (It)Accademia Carrara
  • 22/05/2015FranceSan Martino Spino (It)Festival Musica Nelle Valli event
  • 21/05/2015FranceGrenobleLe CielRouge Renardeinfos event
  • 20/05/2015SuisseGenève (Ch)Cave12infos
  • 19/05/2015FranceClermont-FerrandL'Hôtel des Vil-e-sinfos
  • 13/05/2015Grande-BretagneLondon (Uk)Bethnal Green Working Men's ClubRichard Dawsoninfos
  • 02/10/2014FranceAnglet (64)Ecuries de Barojainfos event
  • 01/10/2014FranceLabège/ToulouseMaison Salvaninfos event
  • 30/09/2014FranceNantesLe Lieu UniqueWovenhandinfos event
  • 28/09/2014FranceMondeville / CaenLe BocalHerr Geisha and the Boobs, Chat Blanc Le Stagiaire Vert, Poney Crevé event
  • 27/09/2014FranceMontreuilLe ChinoisYann Gourdoninfos event
  • 26/09/2014BelgiqueBruxelles (Be)Les Ateliers ClausYann Gourdon & Hervé Boghossian, Hayvanlar Alemiinfos event
  • 25/09/2014FranceMetzLa Chaouéeinfos event
  • 24/09/2014FranceStrasbourgStimultaniainfos event
  • 23/09/2014SuisseVevey (Ch)Le Bout du Mondeinfos event
  • 22/09/2014FranceLyonLe PériscopeAr Ker, Odessey & Oracleinfos event
  • 21/09/2014FranceSaint-Martin-de-Lansuscle (48)Le TempleMarylin-Rambo, Radio Suicide DJ set
  • 20/09/2014FranceMarseilleL'EmbobineuseNunna Daul Isunyi + Petra Pied de Bicheinfos event
  • 30/07/2014AllemagneHamburg (All)Hörbar
  • 28/07/2014AllemagneKarlsruhe (All)Gudrun's Houseinfos
  • 27/07/2014AllemagneBerlin (All)Heinz / AudioFile
  • 26/07/2014DanemarkFanø (Dk)Fanø Free Folk Festival event
  • 01/04/2014SuèdeSandviken (SE)Kungeninfos event
  • 30/03/2014SuèdeTorpåkra (SE)Torpåkra Ljudstation event
  • 29/03/2014SuèdeFalköping (SE)Galleri Shoinfos event
  • 28/03/2014SuèdeUddevalla (SE)Uddevallakassetteninfos event
  • 27/03/2014SuèdeMunkedal (SE)Munkedals Folkets Hus event
  • 26/03/2014SuèdeStockholm (SE)Club Mother, Restaurang LandetReceptaclesinfos event
  • 25/03/2014SuèdeGöteborg (SE)Kultur i Västsinfos event
  • 24/03/2014DanemarkFrederiksberg (København) (DK)HCØ69 event
  • 23/03/2014AllemagneHamburg (All)Astra-Stubeinfos event
  • 24/11/2013FranceParisL'index event
  • 23/11/2013FranceCherbourgLe Transatinfos event
  • 22/11/2013FranceSaint-Pierre-des-Corps (37) / ToursLe RexyMonte Isolainfos event
  • 21/11/2013FranceSaint Nazairele VIPinfos event
  • 20/11/2013FranceLaval6 par 4Ramona Cordovainfos event
  • 19/11/2013FranceParisLe Café De La DanseRamona Cordovainfos event
  • 18/11/2013BelgiqueBruxelles (be)BrassPattoninfos event
  • 17/11/2013FranceRoubaixLa Cave aux poètesGablé event
  • 30/03/2013FranceParisLe Point ÉphémèreWinter Familyinfos event
  • 29/03/2013FranceOrléansSalle de l'InstitutPeter van Poelhinfos event
  • 28/03/2013FranceLyonGrrnd ZeroMazalda + Antinfos event
  • 27/03/2013FranceMarseilleLe GrimLee Nobleinfos event
  • 26/03/2013FrancePauLa Centrifugeuseinfos event
  • 25/03/2013FranceToulouseLes Papillons sauvages event
  • 24/03/2013FranceBayonneLe musée Basqueinfos
  • 23/03/2013FrancePoitiersLe Confort ModerneGabléinfos event
  • 22/03/2013FranceToursLe temps machinePerrine en morceauxinfos event
  • 21/03/2013FranceNantesLe StereoluxElectric Electric, Double Nelsoninfos event
  • 20/03/2013FranceBordeauxNovo Local event
  • 19/03/2013EspagneMadrid (Spain)Utopic_us event

NEWS

BIO

‘War Shapes’ is the fourth album released by Annie Lewandowski under her alias Powerdove. An instrumentalist trained to perform the most skilful improvisation, she has written and sings these soft, uneasy songs whose zones of discomfort and vulnerability are then unveiled by handing them over to some choice troublemakers. On previous releases John Dieterich (Deerhoof, Gorge Trio, Colossomite) and Thomas Bonvalet (Cheval de Frise, L’Ocelle Mare) came together to coordinate unrivalled magnetic fields at the heart of melodies and completely renewed the structure and substance traditionally required to create a pop song. It was therefore quite an experience for the listener to instantly grasp the poignant verses whose familiar beauty quickly made way for all kinds of surprises, excesses and astonishing sounds.

The same can be said of this new release which was recorded at Studio Chaudelande by Emmanuel Laffeach then mixed in Liverpool by Adrian Riffo and Bonvalet himself. However none of Powerdove’s previous offerings has ever sounded quite so raw, so naturalistic and so ethereal. This is due to the musicians’ method which has changed somewhat, as they began recording and discovered most of Annie’s songs for the first time simultaneously, arranging them there and then in a direct embrace with the present moment. This adds a new form of spontaneity, allows even more improvisational freedom and encourages a very fertile instrumental ambiguity which then gives free reign to the listener’s imagination. We don’t know who is playing what, or which instrument we are actually listening to for that matter; yet no pre-fabricated prestidigitation is used.

Creating confusion and surprise whilst conserving clarity rather than slipping into a comfortable blur is indeed just one of the band’s many strengths. Dieterich’s chipped ceramic guitar has vanished to make space for Chad Popple’s raucous percussion tickling (drums, vibraphone, glockenspiel) which opens up an infective dialogue with Thomas Bonvalet’s long-serving motley instrumentarium  including banjo, concertina, oversaturated mini-amps, bodge-job brass instruments, handmade percussion and various other installations. The melodical grace of Lewandowski’s voice is this time more intense, precise and refined, floating over modest synthesizer sounds, flurrying around as if to blow out some candles. In a mix of abandonment and extreme concentration we hear her sing fake haikus while a neighbouring metaphysical blacksmith reddens his anvil and an over-zealous surveyor noisily measures impossible landscapes which seem to unfurl before his eyes only.

‘War Shapes’ is interspersed with miniature illuminations, drypoint etched then splattered with wild colours only to be crossed-out with psychotic calligraphy and enhanced by granular layers. What is prodigious throughout all of this are the harmoniously arranged paradoxes contained in the album. A gust of wind does not simply follow on from a stillness, they mix and intertwine intelligently then dissolve with mathematical rigour into a scene which is immediately understood and yet will forever remain impossible to recreate. In short, what we have here is a thrilling record of strange pop governed by an ultra-personal syntax. It’s an album that rumbles with immediate beauty and unsettling events, comprising likeable and even hospitable songs despite the fact they were born and somewhat mistreated in a highly unstable context. ‘War Shapes’ is yet another unexpected chapter in the enthralling adventures of these poet/musicians for whom music represents both the exploration of a personal universe and a channel for the transmission of unspoiled emotions.

LINE-UP
Annie Lewandowski : vocals, sampler, synthesizers
Thomas Bonvalet : electric guitar, banjo, effects, mini-amplifiers

LINKS

PRESS

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Bitter Banquet

    Fo'c'sle Records2018
    CD
  • War Shapes

    Murailles Music2017
    CD / LP / digital
    Buy
  • Arrest

    Murailles Music2014
    CD / LP / digital
    Buy
  • Do You Burn ?

    Murailles Music / Africantape2013
    CD / LP / Digital
    Buy
  • split 7″ with Curtis Mc Kinney

    Northpole Records2012
    7"
  • Be Mine

    Circle into Square Records2011
    CD
  • EP Live at the Maybeck House

    s/r2010
    CD
  • EP Self-Titled

    demo2010
    Digital

CONTACT

Booking : jullian.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

Promo : promo.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com