FRANÇOIS ATLAS - LES FLEURS DU MAL (LP)
A few words about " Frànçois Atlas - les Fleurs Du Mal "
In the Autumn of 2016 I was asked to play for the opening of an exhibition about Baudelaire at the "Musée de la Vie Romantique" in Paris.
I took that opportunity to do a bit of brain practise and learn some poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal.
I used very simple guitar chords as a mnemonic guide - learning words by heart is easier when sentences are connected to a melody.
And thus those poems became pop songs.
I was struck by how rhythmic those poems were, every syllable calling on to the next, matching the standard patterns of pop music chord progressions perfectly.
Thrilled by the result we decided to make a record.
I started the recordings right at the time when I moved to Paris last year. I connected with musicians from here on a more regular basis, and it turned out most of us shared an interest in Charles Baudelaire. I invited a few of them to come to the studio while I was working. The last song "Parisian Dream" is an atmospheric evocation of the doomed romanticism of the capital of Bohemia that inspired artists in the 19th century. Some of that vibe remains.