Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Le Lendemain” by Marianne Dissard from her 2008 album, L’Entredeux on Le Pop Musik.
Marianne Dissard is a gifted singer, songwriter, artist, documentary filmmaker, poet, and even part-time activist. Born and raised in France until she was 16, Dissard relocated to Tuscon, Arizona, where she has continued to draw on some of her past for inspiration. In fact, L’Entredeux is sung entirely in her native French, but that shouldn’t dissuade non-Francophiles as the gentle acoustic guitar and quiet woodwind instruments on a soothing song like “Le Lendemain,” roughly translated to “the next day,” will help transcend any language barriers. In past years, Dissard has become entrenched in the Tuscon music scene, at first behind the camera, as when in 1994 she filmed a documentary on Giant Sand called Drunken Bees. After having written lyrics for other musicians, like Howe Gelb and her husband Naim Amor, and appearing on Calexico’s 2000 single “Ballad of Cable Hogue,” Dissard decided to create an album of her own and enlisted her friend, and Calexico frontman, Joey Burns to compose, produce, and gather a diverse lineup of musicians, including many other great Tucson-based artists. The result is L’Entredeux. Give it a listen — no language classes required.
Marianne Dissard has an upcoming Canadian/East Coast Tour in January and then a European Tour scheduled in early Spring of 2009 opening for French pop chanteuse Françoiz Breut. Check her MySpace page to see where she’ll be in the months to follow, which will hopefully include dates on the West Coast. For now, we’d love to show you her amusing video for “Les Draps Sourds,” but it’s a bit too risque for you desk jockeys out there (you can watch it here on your break). Instead, enjoy this impromptu performances of “Les Confettis” from Le Canal: