Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Color (1979)

Lizzy Mercier Descloux was instrumental in bringing Punk and New Wave culture to France during the mid-1970s; striking up friendships with both Richard Hell and Patti Smith on her visits to New York. She would eventually move to NYC smack in the middle of the New Wave/Post-Punk/No Wave phenomenon and contribute to the art scene musically, visually and with her performances (usually combining the two).

Press Color is her debut solo album from '79; and it's one of those records that you have to hear if you're a fan of any of those aforementioned genres. She also flirted with some island riddims as well- this
record has some of the best bass lines from that whole time frame. Blondie may have written catchier tunes, the Talking Heads may have been funkier, Television had better guitar work, Patti Smith was more visceral, but this record is the real deal and deserves to be mentioned alongside them.

Don't let this record go the way of the dodo bird and passenger pigeon...

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