Now in her mids, she's long since stopped waiting to be rescued. Her demons tend to come out at night. Boy, do they. Germano's latest effort, "Lullaby for a Liquid Pig," delves into those bleak hours before the sun comes up with raw emotion that's calculated to disturb. The tone is hardly unexpected, as Lisa Germano has never made music for the faint-hearted. For the last decade, the multi-instrumentalist violin, piano, recorder, guitar, voice, etc. While critical acclaim has been lavish for album after album -- six since her self-released debut -- audiences have not flocked to buy Germano's records.
This is a crying shame, as her intimate, near-whispered delivery and spare arrangements tower above your average chart-toppers' best efforts. Germano's chosen subject matter doubtless has something to do with the elusiveness of financial success, especially in the context of a recording industry that celebrates superficiality.
The bleak "Happiness" explored the depths and valleys of depression and relationships with breathtaking directness. Her subsequent full-length release on 4AD, the harrowing "Geek the Girl," is an even more devastating dose of raw sensation.
Liner notes describe the record as the tale of a girl who is "constantly taken advantage of sexually" yet who still dreams of "loving a man in hopes that he can save her from her shit life What a geek!
It's deeply chilling and more than a little creepy. True to form, 's "Excerpts from a Love Circus" was a muffled scream, as Germano wielded her sweet, often-tentative voice with a surgeon's precision. The matter-of-fact self-loathing of "I Love a Snot" reveals flashes of humor and self-knowledge: "Tubby tubby butt, tubby tubby face, tubby tubby stomach when I am with you Icky icky breath, each and every kiss you're a snot, and I adore you.
In spite of reviews lauding the work and a burgeoning sense of hope woven through the record, it ended up selling a disappointing 6, copies. Germano's been tinkering with "Lullaby for a Liquid Pig" for the past three years -- in spite of having no record label and no money. Just enough," she says. I've stripped away my life so I just live in a room. Part of that appeal I came to realize is because Germano is addressing the male population on this record, as each song is like an appeal to the different side of what it is like to relate to men.
Happiness , or rather the search for happiness in love, has been used by Germano as a theme for a true rock masterpiece. Underrated does not even begin to describe the importance of this record: it made me fall in love with her songwriting style and made me a fan forever.
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She sings two songs on Yann Tiersen's L'Absente , and on Michael Brook's rockpaperscissors she contributed vocals to one track. She plays violin and other instruments on a slew of other people's albums, like eels , Sheryl Crow , David Bowie , Neil Finn, Indigo Girls , Ekova 's Space lullabies and other fantasmagorie , etc. She produced and played on Denise Bonis' debut album. In she released home-made compilation CDs: Concentrated featuring her "better known" stuff, and Rare, Unusual or just Bad Songs , featuring B-sides, songs off soundtracks and outtakes.
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Charlotte Gainsbourg. Diamanda Galas. The Galerkin Method. Ivor Game. Anja Garbarek. Abbie Gardner. Starting with music box chimes and piano, Magic Neighbor shows once again that Lisa Germano knows about fragile, careful arrangements that bespeak something both precious and lost in equal measure.
The skittering percussion underscoring "A Million Times" is almost as insect-sounding as train tracks, and the stripping back of words to their bare essentials in "Snow" suggest rather than fully paint meaning, are two standouts among many; Germano in full creative flight even as she portrays a world of potential dangers and hesitancy with a deliberation that's both assured and a touch concerned with the future.
The gentle formalism of "The Prince of Plati" makes for a surprising but strong anchor near the middle of the album, her question about whether she can "tell you a story" forms a lovely chorus, while her wordless aahs, which introduce lines after the short break, are viscerally powerful in a calm way.