I have the pleasure to announce the release of my first solo album, "Defense Mechanisms"!
Written and produced by yours truly, it's my first official recording since I moved to the US in 2008, and the first ever under my own name - which I know is hard to pronounce for americans, nevermind...
1/ THE COVER ART
For the cover art, I wanted to use a surrealist/visionary painting. There was no way I would put my face on the front cover (even on the back cover), I guess because 1/ I'm kind of a reserved person; 2/ I strongly believe the Music transcends the Musician.
Then I came across MICHEL HENRICOT's oeuvre, and immediately fell in love with it. The colors, the textures, the sharpness, the subjects, all this seemed connected to the music I had in mind.
My first choice was a painting called "Ramparts", and I also wanted to call the album "Ramparts" (as in psychological rampart, but also the delicate pun ram parts...)
(Michel Henricot "Ramparts")
A few months later, I found this painting was a bit too "objective", or "natural". My next choices had more of a "sci-fi" connotation, plus a human presence. (see below)