Les Disques du 7ème Ciel has always had a soft spot for misfits. When the opportunity to work with the man behind In Gowan Ring and Birch Book arose, we jumped at the chance.
Aware of B'ee's interest in French language and culture, we suggested that we collaborate on the release of a record based on French song.
"As I remember, "La Chanson de Prévert", a Serge Gainsbourg song that pays tribute to Jacques Prevert's poem "Les Feuilles Mortes", was the first French chanson that I learned to play as a means to help with my studies several years back. Besides having some personal poignancy, I relished the seamless wordplay and 'homage to song' aspects.
Not long after, it seemed necessary, then, to disinter The Dead Leaves within the song. Having a weakness for obtuse games of letters, and in keeping with a certain metaphysical imperative, I then was unable to avoid the injunction to construct a 'meta-homage' in order to satisfy an eccentric inclination in expression of the senses and evolution of the genre." – B'ee –
This eponymous EP contains six tracks – a reworking of "Life's lace", which in its original form appears on Birch Book's album A Hand Full Of Days – and five new ones.
It includes a cover of "Le Temps De Vivre", an ode to freedom written by Georges Moustaki and a tribute to the May 1968 French civil unrest.
The vinyl is packaged in a 400gsm grey cardstock gatefold sleeve and comes with two large art inserts on uncoated 300gsm white paperboard and a full CD version of the EP housed in a printed 400gsm grey cardstock sleeve.
It is all hand-made from 100% recycled raw paper. The package also includes a unique 100% embroidered Birch Book patch exclusive to the release.
Tracklist A1 Life's Lace A2 Le Temps De Vivre A3 La Chanson De Prévert
B1 Son Du Soleil B2 Les Feuilles Mortes B3 Vent D'Automne
VARIOUS ARTISTS 7 Is 10
VARIOUS ARTISTS Two Summers
IN GOWAN RING The Serpent And The Dove
IN GOWAN RING / BIRCH BOOK Taking Wing / Jacob Fleet