Le Volume Courbe is the project of Charlotte Marionneau, a french-born singer songwriter now based in London. I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me is released on Pickpocket Records - a label co-owned by Marionneau with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. The album ranges from stripped back acoustic numbers such as I Love The Living You to the more uptempo dreamy indie of The House. Kevin Shields makes a guest appearance too. I wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed I Killed My Best Friend.
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Le Volume Courbe is a collective led by Charlotte Marionneau who produce a kind of loose raggle tangle folky psych that initially seem to reference Mazzy Star, Brian Jonestown Massacre and…er Vanessa Paradis. Ten years in the making the album is a varied affair and sounds like it’s the work of someone following their muse without any consideration for outside influences.
I’m celebrating that fact that I’ve got a paragraph in without mentioning Kevin Shields. The major selling point is that the MBV leader features heavily playing guitar, melodica and a toy gun as well as mixing several tracks. It’s interesting stuff full of surprises and shifts of mood. There’s bits I love and the odd bit that I hate and I’m occasionally thrown completely. The worst bits are where it’s far too cutesy and twee….’I Love the Living You’ destroys the Roky Erikson song with irritating French accented vocals - the title track has the singer wanting to lounge by a pool with the titular Dee Dee, taking some dope but concludes that the singer is in fact dead. It finishes with someone (Shields I think) tuning a guitar. In between times though there’s a fantastic slice of lo-fi whimsy called ‘Soap On Soap Off’ with curling guitars and droning cellos. ‘Rusty’ has a lolling distorted beat which builds tremendously with powerful dynamics - on each bar an instrument is added creating a swathe of sound.
It’s a roller coaster of an album but when it’s good it’s so good you’ll forgive it for the bits that are not. Think Nico, Cocorosie, Carmine, Francois Hardy.
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