Friday, 6 March 2020

ODG120 : Baby Fire / Searching For Grace

Cover art by Alice Smith

ODG120 : Baby Fire / Searching For Grace

When the band takes to the stage you know what to expect. Because in terms of judicious collaborations these ladies are uncompromising (see also OCD018OCD033 and ODG070).

Such is the case with « Searching for Grace ». 
Among the guests are Joe Goldring (Enablers, ex-Swans…), Eve Libertine from the legendary punk collective Crass, as well as multi-instrumentalist Mathias Bressan. 
The EP comes with a colouring/lyric book designed by British artist Alice Smith.
In the past, Baby Fire has worked with ex-Buzzcocks member Tony Barber, who produced their second studio recording. The band has also collaborated with Eve Libertine and Penny Rimbaud (Crass), Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) and Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, Swans…).
Baby Fire’s third studio album was produced by Pierre Vervloesem (dEUS, Madensuyu…).
The trio has played shows in France, America, Germany and the Netherlands and has supported Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Laetitia Sheriff, USA Nails, Lydia Lunch & Gallon Drunk, And Also the Trees, Mike Watt, Part Chimp, Bardo Pond.

« Searching for Grace » is comprised of four intense tracks. Intense as though a feline had ripped them from inside to let through rays of light.
Served by subdued lyrics and carried by the voice of a vocalist with English roots, « Searching for Grace » seduces with its naked beauty and haunted grace. The Post-Punk that emerges through the dryness of the guitar is a mere detail. Because you can’t tell whether it’s night or day, dark or light, or rather the fragile moment when it shifts from one to the other, in pursuit of grace.
Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock (voice, guitar, loops) and Cécile Gonay (drums, violin, backing vocals) have been joined by Lucile Beauvais on keyboards, guitar and backing vocals.

The video for 'I'll Take the Sun':

Digital release on the 6th of March 2020.

Track listing:

1: I'll Take the Sun
2: Perhaps the Hardest Lesson
3: Glowing Heat
4: Breath

And on Bandcamp:

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