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Connan Mockasin Forever Dolphin LoveConnan Mockasin Forever Dolphin Love Live
Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love
(2xCD/Digital) Phantasy/Because Music, 2011-03-28

Welcome, folks, to the delightful, slanted and enchanted world of Connan Mockasin. Like David Lynch's wilfully surrealist take on American suburbia, or Richard Prince's paintings investigating modern cultural tropes, the New Zealand-born, current London resident Mockasin makes beautiful, off-kilter music which subverts as it compels, challenges as it mesmerists, startles as it seduces, even drawing fans as diverse as Johnny Marr and Radiohead to Ed Banger chief and ex Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter into its wide-eyed, childlike exploration into the final frontiers of pop music. It is all too rare, in this current climate of manufactured pop acts, grey over produced 'alternative' guitar music and press-fuelled mania for the next-big-thing, to hear something truly striking and original, but a strong case can most certainly be made for Connan to be a true pop auteur, taking his rightful place in a proud lineage which includes past mavericks such as Joe Meek and Brian Wilson, right through to current cult heroes like Ariel Pink, Sufjan Stevens and John Maus.

Connan Mockasin Forever Dolphin Love
Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love
(2xCD/Digital) Phantasy/Because Music, 2011-03-28

Forever Dolphin Love - Album Sampler by Connan Mockasin

Tracklisting CD1 :
01. Megumi The Milkway Above 02:29
02. Its Choade My Dear 04:06
03. Faking Jazz Together 05:12
04. Quadropuss Island 02:12
05. Forever Dolphin Love 10:04
06. Muss 01:16
07. Egon Hosford 02:12
08. Unicorn In Uniform 03:40
09. Granpa Moff 00:25
10. Please Turn Me Into The Snat 04:33

Tracklisting CD2 :
01. Megumi The Milkyway Above (live) 04:00
02. Its Choade My Dear (live) 04:30
03. Faking Jazz Together (live) 06:35
04. Egon Hosford (live) 03:48
05. Unicorn In Uniform (live) 03:47
06. Forever Dolphin Love (live) 12:36
07. Sneaky Sneaky Dogfriend (live) 06:06

Note : CD1 is the studio album Forever Dolphin Love, CD2 is the live album Forever Dolphin Live.

Links :
facebook.com/connanmockasin
myspace.com/connanmockasin
youtube.com/connanmockasin twitter.com/connanmockasin
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connan_Mockasin
phantasysound.co.uk because.tv


‪Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love‬


Connan Mockasin - It's Choade My Dear


Connan Mockasin - Egon Hosford

Press Release (English) :
Connan Mockasin has the kind of deliciously off-kilter and gloriously idiosyncratic worldview that rapidly proves addictive. Once you've heard it, you can't help but wish to go back for more. On his rather unusual childhood activities: "when I was really young my mum got me a welder and just let me turn all the discarded pipes and rubbish on our property into a proper junk yard. I got really obsessed with carnival rides and ghost trains that folded up. Mum said a lot of the neighbours were a bit disgusted..."

Welcome, folks, to the delightful, slanted and enchanted world of Connan Mockasin. Like David Lynch's wilfully surrealist take on American suburbia, or Richard Prince's paintings investigating modern cultural tropes, the New Zealand born, current London resident Mockasin makes beautiful, off-kilter music which subverts as it compels, challenges as it mesmerists, startles as it seduces, even drawing fans as diverse as Johnny Marr and Radiohead to Ed Banger chief and ex Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter into its wide-eyed, childlike exploration into the final frontiers of pop music. It is all too rare, in this current climate of manufactured pop acts, grey over produced 'alternative' guitar music and press-fuelled mania for the next-big-thing, to hear something truly striking and original, but a strong case can most certainly be made for Connan to be a true pop auteur, taking his rightful place in a proud lineage which includes past mavericks such as Joe Meek and Brian Wilson, right through to current cult heroes like Ariel Pink, Sufjan Stevens and John Maus.

Written from start to finish one hot summer, while camped outside his parent's church-like house in a tent, "Forever Dolphin Love" is an LP which brims with the beauty and solitude of summer evenings, a miasma of psychedelic tangents, jazz interludes and echoing guitars which hum with a distant, haunting resonance. Somehow, a peripatetic past - which includes a decamping from his native Te Awanga to London to form Connan And The Mockasins in 2006, before repeating the trip again a few years later to restart as Connan Mockasin - has conspired to produce an album so unique a first-time listener may have to listen to it again just to take it all in, so powerful is the spell it casts. It exists in its very own, free-floating parallel universe; a world where lush psychedelia morphs unpredictably into Spanish salsa ("Faking Jazz Together"), breathtaking, short interludes ("Grandpa Moff") nestle alongside languidly unravelling epics (the title track) and above it all, Connan's feather-light, alien vocals gently hover - not always in English, by the way, but sometimes in their own, made-up language - tantalisingly, beguilingly out of reach.

Indeed, it is hard to believe that anyone who could dream up an album this strange (and strangely gorgeous) could have loved people as mainstream as Prince, Michael Jackson and the B- 52's when he was younger, as Connan once did, but certainly, there is nothing about him that is conventional, nodding as much to people like Wayne Coyne and Micachu And The Shapes in his multidisciplinary talent. For apart from being one of the most singular musicians we currently have, he is also a brilliant and unusual painter, a gift which will be glimpsed for the first time with the upcoming album, which features a collection of wonderfully surreal paintings of the dolphins, all bold and beautiful interpretations of the mammal, but evolved into human forms, stood smiling in gaggles, sometimes wearing clothes, sometimes swathed in pools of lush colours. "I've never been that confident with showing people my pictures", he admits. "But I've been made to with the release of this album, which is good. I need that. I've always loved drawing". Connan's talents also include recording, producing and mixing the entire record.

It was this brilliantly ingenious approach to invention, and his masterfully unique charm that caught the attention of Erol Alkan, who signed Connan to his label Phantasy after hearing initial demos for the record. On first seeing Connan play live at DURRR in London: "He was completely out of step with everything else out there, performing some of the most beautiful songs I had heard in years, to hundreds of people in a crowded nightclub, and being able to silence them to the low volume of his music. Having that power is rare.'

Having previously released records for kindred spirits Late Of The Pier and avant guard experimentalist Babe Terror, Connan has become the first artist to release a full album through Alkan's Phantasy, a perfect home for an artist who will undoubtedly evolve and reincarnate (andpossibly re-invent?) over time. Finally finding his feet with his own sound, Connan, who had become "sick of playing to people who didn't like what I was doing", returned to London, to discover a collective of like-minded experimental artists such as Micachu & The Shapes and The Invisible, as well as Late Of The Pier's Sam Eastgate (who Connan is currently working with on the side project Soft Hair), clearing a path for the once perennial outsider as one of the most vibrant and engrossing musicians on the map. You'd do well to clutch him to your hearts now.

Connan Mockasin Forever Dolphin Love Live

Press Release (French) :
Connan Mockasin a une vision du monde délicieusement décalée et merveilleusement singulière, qui s'avère rapidement contagieuse. Difficile en effet de ne pas y revenir lorsqu'on y a goûté une fois. Il confie par exemple à propos de ses jeux d'enfants : "Quand j'étais gamin ma mère m'avait donné une soudeuse et du coup je ramenais dans le jardin tous les tuyaux et autres saletés que je trouvais, le transformant en un véritable dépôt de ferrailles au grand désespoir de nos voisins... J'étais vraiment obsédé par les fêtes foraines et les trains fantômes."

Bienvenu dans l'univers merveilleux, décalé et enchanté de Connan Mockasin. A l'instar du regard surréaliste de David Lynch sur la banlieue américaine ou des peintures de Richard Prince sur les figures culturelles modernes, Mockasin, un néozélandais résidant actuellement à Londres, concocte une jolie musique décalée tout aussi déstabilisante que fascinante, stimulante qu'hypnotique, surprenante que séduisante. Il compte d'ailleurs armi ses fans des gens aussi différents que Johnny Marr et Radiohead ou encore Pedro Winter. Sur une scène pop inondée de formations à guitares sombres surproduites et toujours en quête du prochain gros coup, l'originalité se fait malheureusement rare. Fort de son univers ingénu et puéril, Connan est donc un pur ovni, un véritable auteur pop qui s'inscrit dans la lignée d'autres artistes atypiques comme Joe Meek et Brian Wilson, voire cultes comme Ariel Pink, Sufjan Stevens et John Maus.

"Forever Dolphin Love", un album que Connan a écrit au cours d'un été torride, alors qu'il campait aux environs de la maison de ses parents, évoque la beauté et la solitude des soirées estivales, jalonné de tangentes psychédéliques, d'interludes de jazz et de guitares qui résonnent longtemps à nos oreilles. Ses nombreux déplacements - il a notamment quitté son Te Awanga natal pour s'installer à Londres afin d'y former Connan And The Mockasins en 2006, avant de refaire le même trajet quelques années plus tard pour lancer cette fois Connan Mockasin - ont d'une certaine façon contribué à produire cet album tellement hors du commun que plusieurs écoutes sont parfois nécessaires pour l'appréhender pleinement.

C'est un disque qui existe à part entière, une sorte d'univers parallèle flottant en toute liberté, où le psychédélisme peut se transformer imperceptiblement en salsa ("Faking Jazz Together"), tandis que de brefs interludes époustouflants ("Grandpa Moff") côtoient des titres épiques irrésistible (la chanson qui a donné son titre à l'album), sans oublier surtout la voix étrange et aérienne de Connan - qui ne chante d'ailleurs pas toujours en anglais mais aussi dans une langue de sa propre invention - délicieusement inaccessible. Difficile de s'imaginer que l'instigateur d'un opus si étrange (et étrangement beau) ait pu aimer lorsqu'il était plus jeune des artistes aussi grand public que Prince, Michael Jackson et les B-52's. Ce fut pourtant le cas de Connan, qui n'a rien de conventionnel en lui et dont le talent multidisciplinaire n'est pas sans évoquer Wayne Coyne et Micachu And The Shapes. Car loin de se contenter d'être l'un des musiciens actuels les plus singuliers, Connan est aussi un peintre original et brillant, comme en témoignent les superbes dessins de dauphins, représentant le mammifère transformé en être humain tout souriant, parfois vêtu, parfois pataugeant dans des piscines aux couleurs vives.

"Avant j'avais peur et je n'osais pas montrer mes dessins aux gens", avoue-t-il. "Mais on m'y a poussé à l'occasion de la sortie de cet album, ce qui est bien. J'en ai besoin de dessiner, j'ai toujours adoré ça". Connan, qui a plus d'une corde à son arc, a également assuré l'enregistrement, la production et le mix de l'album dans son intégralité.

Cette créativité ingénieuse et brillante et son charme hors du commun ont attiré l'attention d'Erol Alkan, qui a signé Connan sur son label Phantasy après avoir écouté les premières démos du projet. Erol raconte : "En total décalage avec tout ce qui se passait autour de lui, il est néanmoins parvenu à capter l'attention de centaines de personnes entassées dans un night-club plein à craquer en interprétant sur scène certaines des plus belles chansons que j'aie entendues depuis des années. Un tel pouvoir est une chose rare."

Connan est le premier à sortir un album sur le label Phantasy d'Alkan, une écurie idéale, réunissant déjà ses acolytes de Late Of The Pier et l'avant-gardiste Babe Terror, pour un artiste qui va certainement évoluer et se réincarner (et éventuellement se réinventer ?) au fil du temps. Après avoir enfin trouvé un son qui lui correspond, Connan qui "était las de jouer pour des gens qui n'aimaient pas ce que je faisais", est revenu à Londres où il a découvert l'existence d'un collectif d'artistes expérimentaux dans la même lignée que lui comme Micachu & The Shapes et The Invisible, ainsi que Sam Eastgate de Late Of The Pier (avec lequel il collabore actuellement sur un projet parallèle baptisé Soft Hair), ouvrant une voie pour l'un des musiciens les plus captivants du moment.
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