After helping to establish the new wave scene in Paris with her partner and ZE records founder Michel Esteban and creating France’s first real noise zine, Lizzy Mercier Descloux made her way to New York City to further claim stake in the 80’s no wave movement. As Richard Hell wrote in her obituary, Lizzy was extremely bright, blessed with raw talent, and contained an admirable electric personality that immediately sparked friendships with the towering figures of the CBGB’s scene. After a few short-lived noise sets as Rosa Yemen at NYC’s experimental haven the Kitchen, Mercier Descloux rebranded and released her eponymous debut, 1978’s Press Color. Combining the unconventional minimalism of Eno’s No New York style with an intentionally naive-amateur approach to singing, Descloux created an expressive disco-not-disco classic. Highlights include covers of Arthur Brown “Fire,” Lalo Schifrin’s “Jim on the Move,” and the world-influenced post-punk jam “Aya Mood.” Highly recommended for fans of the recent 99 records piece and artists like Maximum Joy, ESG, and The Slits.
Recommended – A1 Fire, B1 Jim On The Move, B4 Aya Mood
Tags: Cult Classic / No Wave / Post-Punk