Laetitia Sadier - Something Shines
Laetitia Sadier‰۪s new album, ‰Û÷Something Shines‰۪, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‰Û÷Silencio‰۪ or ‰Û÷The Trip‰۪.
‰Û÷Something Shines‰۪ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia‰۪s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them.
Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‰Û÷Something Shines‰۪ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne by Jean-Christophe Chante, whom Laetitia had met on a tour with French band and friends Angil - she found his playing mesmerizing and felt compelled to ask him if he would like to participate on her album, which he did, bringing a great emotional charge to the record. Laetitia recorded a lot of the content in London, including all the vocals, guitars, additional electronics and soundtrack effects as well as final mixing, which wrapped up this Spring.
The desire was for the songs of ‰Û÷Something Shines‰۪ to alternate between a riveting caress and an invigorating shake. To start from the Earth and to tilt up, towards the sky, before coming back down to the planet again. Additionally, Something Shines is an exploration through Debord‰۪s ‰Û÷La Soci̩t̩ du Spectacle‰۪ and how it is still up to us to guide and shape our fate, individually and collectively.
All these thoughts and many others are communicated throughout a delicately textured production, twinkling and shifting with the subtlety of nature and often sounding like the world outside, whooshing and chirping and clicking in time, placing these concerns in the place where we live. The production is relaxed and expert; Laetitia‰۪s choices fit the breathing quality of the songs and wear their arrangements easily. The many tiny details within the sound scope of ‰Û÷Something Shines‰۪ reflect the lives that hang in the balance between the issues, lives that are often too small to see yet contribute to the world as a whole.