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No Elephants but a lot Ruminants
Tuesday, 02.04.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
Lisa Germano (USA)
As a kid, she grew up playfully hitting the piano. A wee bit later and in 1985, John Mellencamp pulled her out of an emotional sinkhole and on to the stage to him and to his touring band. Both Lisa Germano and her now partner, the violin.

That trial by fire led to numerous exposures and engagements and collaborations for this multi-instrumentalist with a slew of names that reads like the who's-who directory of music royalty: Johnny Marr, Michael Brook, Neil Finn, Pat Green, Eels, Latin Playboys, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, U2, Simple Minds, Yann Tierson, Ed Harcourt, Craig Ross, Wendy & Lisa, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, Philip Selway (of Radiohead), Indigo Girls, Tracy Bonham, Nancy Wilson, Harold Budd, Peter Maffay, Bob Seeger, Giant Sand, Calexico, Billy Joel, Bellamy Brothers, members of Wilco (7 Worlds Collide). Also, and together with Howe Gelb, Joey Burns and John Convertino (Calexico, Giant Sand), Lisa originated the band project OP8, culminating in the album "Slush" in 1997.

Needless to say, she issued numerous astounding solo efforts (all should find their place in any quality album collection, if that is what it wants to call itself). Her current is "No Elephants" (actually it's her 9th) and her fourth since turning her back on the music biz... (Well, all of us here don't mind lookin' at your back Lisa, if that's what it looks and sounds like.) The compositions and lyrics are illustrated by bee's humming, mobile phone sound fragments and animal talk and are further enhanced by Candiloros' drumloops and Sebastian Steinberg's accoustic bass lines.

"The song "Ruminants" is reflective of the entire record: It's about how we human beeings continue to turn the natural order of the world upside down, how we treat the earth and its human and animal inhabitants." That's You and I and We. We all know some serious shit is going down, like right now, poachers again are eliminating the elephant for nothing more than trinkets. So please, let's stop and pay attention for an evening and listen to some fantastic horizontal music in this cruel vertical world.   

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