pianist, composer, singer and songwriter
Penetrating songs by Pierre-Michel Sivadier. Half-heartedly, they hustle as Chet Baker would. With a gentle touch, they sound right, far from superfluous things. In the tactile smoothness of voices and insisting emotions. Exactly what you like to hear from today and tomorrow songwriters : may they never leave you.
Translation by Denis Desassis
|In an other world or in other times, « Lavandières » would be on every lips, enchanting France with its melodic grace, its simple and mysterious words : "O saintes lavandières / Faites que tout se passe / Comme aux portes d'hier / Faites qu'elle m'embrasse / Et m'emporte à demain / Qu'à l'insu des misères / Me donne rendez-vous / Rue des Lavandières / Sainte Opportune..." Here and now, you listen to « Lavandières » in an exalted loneliness, between joy and sadness, with your heart suddenly washed and your body pacified. How many songs like this one, on the verge of tears and so close to a prayer ?
Translation by Denis Desassis
|Poetry from in-between two worlds, carried by a light breeze
riding the trail of torments.
Rustle seeking madness.
A voice at the core of the unsoundable... love that sails, escapes, humbly disappears in the face of poets.
Pierre-Michel, farther, or even closer to Here,
yet a simple passerby...
Will you hear him?
Christian Vander - August 15 2008, 10:45pm
Translated by Marie-Noëlle Dana
|Marrying poetic texts with rich and sensuous melodies, Pierre-Michel SIVADIER, that secret and private being, most excellent musician and singer, opens himself up and reveals his inner self. If it is necessary to place him in any musical family, then Christian VANDER, Leo FERRE, and also BARBARA could well be members.|
|Pierre-Michel Sivadier combines classical intensity with sheer rhythmic innovation. French composer and pianist, he has worked with great artists (Jane Birkin, James Ivory, Michel Hermon, Christian Vander).|
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|charismatic and expressive singing... D'Amour Fou D'Amour is a very emotive, stereotypically French album|
|Sivadier is a pianist who combines a sighsome delicacy of touch with Zeuhl's proclivity for obsessive, repetitive chordings, here placing his unique fusion in the service of gorgeous, strange, love-mad songcraft.|
|He was the main songwriter besides Vander on Stella Vander's solo album D'épreuves D'amour, and here, he steps fully out in front to show his considerable talent as a leader|
|Sivadier has put together an enchanting collection of gently riveting fever-dreams, utterly unlike most of the rest of Seventh's catalogue.|
Pierre-Michel Sivadier is one of the players associated with the Seventh Records label, home to Magma and related
acts. Since his start as the keyboard player for Christian Vander's Offering in the 80s, he has slowly gained more
He was the main songwriter besides Vander on Stella Vander's solo album D'épreuves D'amour, and here, he steps fully out in front to show his considerable talent as a leader. Unlike Emmanuelle Borghi (Vander's other main keyboard player of choice), whose playing seems primarily jazz-based, Sivadier's style shows a greater affinity to the delicate, brooding pieces of the Romantic era, with richly-layered harmonic piano lines.
Perhaps since I am used to seeing him in a supporting role, I was surprised at how charismatic and expressive his singing is. D'Amour Fou D'Amour is a very emotive, stereotypically French album (heck, just look at the title), with complex and rapidly-delivered text for many of the pieces, that will probably decrease accessibilty for those who have less than a native command of the language.
Still, there are several remarkable tunes on here, and the music is enough to carry the project successfully. "Les Gens dans les Blés" shows Sivadier's writing strengths, and "Tard dans la Nuit" has some spine-tingling vocals from Stella at the end, who sings in full, ghostly melancholy: "I know it is Carnival/I have chosen a mask that pleases me/I am happy..."). There are also the more upbeat "Si la Guerre Éclate" and the moody, tension-building "Saint-Malo," both of which will transport you instantly to those hole-in-the-wall, smoke-filled, jazz cafes in Paris. This isn't an album that will instantly hit you, but I find it is one that pays off quite well in the long run.