A Cowboy and Indian’s Remix Of Benjamin Schoos’ Je Ne Vois Que Vous!

Listen to A Cowboy and Indian Remix of Je Ne Vois Que Vous

Fans of Serge Gainsbourg, listen up!! When not running the brilliant Freaksville label, Benjamin Schoos is concentrating his efforts into producing lush, string-laden, melancholic and very French pop. Here, on his North American debut, he’s working with guest vocalists inluding Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Mark Gardener (Ride), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) and Parisian icon Marie France.

Previously, multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Schoos produced, composed and arranged songs for a variety of cult figures in the French pop scene, including ’80s synthpop star LIO, debonair dandy Alain Chamfort, Michel Moers and Marc Moulin from electronic group Telex.

However more recently, Benjamin found himself inspired by the technical genius of orchestrator Jean Claude Vannier (Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire De Melody Nelson), who he met in 2006, and the creativity of New York noise producer Kramer (Shimmy Disc, Galaxie 500, Low, Bongwater), with whom he has worked on three albums. Benjamin took some time away from his label and production work to unleash his inner soundscapes on China Man Versus China Girl.

Composed and recorded in nights at the Freaksville Lab, Benjamin has created a rich, rhythmic FM pop sound drawing on the glossy melody and soaring synthesizers of ’70s soft rock with orchestral flourishes taken from the besy of French cinema soundtracks.

Touched by the charm of Benjamin’s songwriting, Chinaman Versus China Girl has attracted some highly prolific guest appearances: a duet with Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) on the wonderfully catchy pop song “Je Ne Vois Que Vous,” lead vocals by Mark Gardener (Ride) on the romantic, “Barryesque Worlds Away” and Chrissie Hynde duetting with Parisian chanteuse Marie France on caustic ballad “NAME,” in which they play the role of femmes fatales digging their claws into the male population

With the occasional nod towards surrealist poet Arthur Craven and great American boxer Jack Johnson (to whom Mile Davis dedicated an album), Chinaman Versus China Girl is a collection of wistful, cinematic songs analysing the pugilistic dimension of life, art and love under a unlikely metaphor. “It’s the perfect soundtrack of a drama movie about wrestling,” says Schoos. “Wrestling is a great sport and a metaphor of love – or pretending to be in love.”

Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab) plays Thunderbird Cafe in Pittsburgh Wed. Sept. 26

It’s been two years since we took The Trip with Laetita Sadier. Her first true solo album since exiting the bedrooms of Monade and Stereolab, The Trip breathed freshly and deeply as both a personal homage to life’s journey and as a grieving process for the separations that are unavoidable within it. Born from a similar, natural need for stillness as well as agitation, Laetitia now delivers her follow-up LP, Silencio – an album exploring the individual connection to a deeper self, placed in a broader environment, in a similarly fresh kind of way.

That noise preventing your connectivity comes from society – the noise of commercialism and the marketplace overwhelming your ability to cut deeply inward, prohibiting your inner-connections. Silencio may help you understand how to resist the rules of these systems, but only if you listen!

Within Silencio’s dynamic song structures, the album features some exciting collaboration: there’s a new jammer with former Stereolabber, Tim Gane; and musical drifter-man James Elkington provides writing for two tracks in addition to recording and playing on much of the record. Need some other freaky names? OK! Sam Prekop shows up mysteriously. But that’s a story for another time.

Guests aside, we’re more concerned with the singularity of Laetitia Sadier. That voice, the one that reaches you and wraps you up each time you hear it. Calm, direct. Cool and hot. If you’re unable to attain an inner connection with yourself, Laetitia will connect to it for you. Silencio is your human modem.

Laetitia Sadier “The Rule of the Game” from Drag City on Vimeo.

Thunderbird Cafe:

The Thunderbird Cafe & Lounge is one of the premier live music venues in Pittsburgh. Located in historic Lawrenceville on Butler Street, The Thunderbird Cafe features top national artists as well as established & up and coming local bands.

4023 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 682-0177