PlexiLusso

by Amy Kohn

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"Marvelous musical bijoux" - Van Dyke Parks

PlexiLusso, the new album of lush, glossy orchestral pop by composer, pianist and singer Amy Kohn, is released!

“Plexi” is the knee-high table in Amy's childhood 19th floor livingroom - she would look through its sides, seeing infinite reflections. “Lusso” is the finish on her beloved rhinestoned accordion. PlexiLusso captures this lustrous, reflective quality in everything from the song structures themselves, to her textural arrangements, to the polished sonic quality and glossy, surreal artwork. Featuring 17 musicians on everything from winds to windmills, the album began on a buttery Fazioli piano at Italy’s esteemed Artesuono studio, continued at five New York area studios including Joe Mardin’s NuNoise, then back to Artesuono and Amy’s Venetian riverside rental for final touches (plastic bags, Murano drinking glasses…). Mixing by Max Trisotto and mastering by Pieter Snapper at Babajim in Istanbul complete the album's vivid sound. PlexiLusso features original photography by renowned music photographer Merri Cyr, with images, art direction and design by the illustrious Anglo-Scandinavian team, Non-Format.

Six remixes have been released in advance of the album, all with artwork by Amy: “Emma” by London’s Roshi Feat. Pars Radio, "Ellipsis" by London's Segwey, “Flight Simulator” by Montreal’s Vincent Bergeron, “LED” by Barcelona’s GiulianoGiusCobelli, and “Heartache is an Orange” by Albanian Kole Laca of electronic duo 2 Pigeons, and "Lucertole" by Padova's Lie Too Fine. The Netherlands' Bernd Ihno Eilts created a video of PlexiLusso’s “Linguaglossa” using photos from his 2010 book "Roses Peony."

PlexiLusso design by Non-Format featured in Wired.com: www.wired.com/2014/09/custom-typeface-isnt-perfectly-legible-thats-point/

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released September 16, 2014

“I love your new work. It's a great place apart, a dream escape from what's just ordinary. You are everything but ho hum.” - Van Dyke Parks

"Gorgeous music as usual - creates new neuropathways of adventure and musical possibility" - Songwriter Pete Galub

“The only word that kept coming into my mind was "Masterpiece"” - Composer/Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens

"American composer Amy Kohn's new album "PlexiLusso" is stunning. I think no one writes music like she does. Her work is always so original to me. Her story, orchestration, strong melody, complex harmony and time are so magical and cinematic. Highly recommend." - Songwriter Akiko Pavolka

"Effervescent sound" - Wired.com

"She is a visionary artist" - All About Jazz Italia

Amy Kohn: Voice, Piano, Keyboard, Hammond M2 Organ, Accordion, Drinking Glasses, Plastic Bag, Toy Windmill
Nikki Scheller: Harmony
Peter Hess: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxophone
Matt Renzi: Oboe
Greg Glassman: Trumpet
Mary Rowell: Violin & Viola
Cenovia Cummins: Violin
Kenji Bunch: Viola
Frances Rowell: Cello
Karen LeBlanc: Musical Saw
Rob Schwimmer: Theremin
Julia Seager-Scott: Harp
Debora Petrina: Marbles/Hardware in Piano
Tom Gavin: Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Ben Rubin: Contrabass
Jeff Davis: Drums & Vibraphone
Jimmy Weinstein: Drums, Mbira, Multi Tone Wood Block, Claps

Recorded by Stefano Amerio & Giacomo Barboni at Artesuono
Joe Mardin at NuNoise
Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studios
Dan Shatsky with Assistant Leslly Almeida at Vibromonk
Randy Crafton with Assistant Ian Cassel at Kaleidoscope Sound
Mirko Di Cataldo at Studio Mobile 80/SamPl & Via Palestro 75
Rob Schwimmer at Sunken Heights Studios
Tom Gavin at One Chair Studios
Ben Rubin at House of Cha Cha
Jimmy Weinstein at Jimmy Weinstein’s Studio
Amy Kohn at Amy Kohn’s Studio
Mixed by Max Trisotto
Mastered by Pieter Snapper at Babajim
Produced by Amy Kohn
Original Photography by Merri Cyr
Makeup by Kyriaki Savrani
Images, Art Direction & Design by Non-Format

All songs written, arranged & produced by Amy Kohn © 2014

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Amy Kohn is applauded by some of the top composer/producers in modern song: Van Dyke Parks says she’s “Brimming with such talent!” and the late, legendary Producer Arif Mardin dubbed her a “Musical Devil in a Red Dress." Amy always seeks sounds she’s never heard, and it comes through in the “oddly structured beauty” of her highly arranged, effervescent music. ... more

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Track Name: Emma
Emma
A rose that blooms continually
Emma
Track Name: Ellipsis
He kisses
ellipsis
Love or let’s undress?

Ellipsis
He lips this:
“You get three to guess”

Blisses in omission
Mistress’s suspicion
Thoughts got removed from the source
Three-dot won’t get a divorce

Even further from inception
at my friend’s wedding reception
Polka dots adorn my pleats
All but me have left their seats
Circle tables white with sheets
Cloth is clenched with three short beats
Track Name: Flight Simulator
Take me to Tokyo in your flight simulator

Love is made specific
over pixelized Pacific
Constant flight command
Destined strip to land

Pilot hearts are prone to stretch
in an atmospheric catch
Two lips press, the air redraws
Blips out old romantic flaws
Hips connect inside the pause

Take me to Tokyo in your flight simulator

Love is made specific
over pixelized Pacific
Constant flight command
Destined strip to land

Boeing bows the earth convex
Spooned into faux airplane sex
What looks like heartwrecks at sea:
computer crashing ecstasy
Eternal skin is next to me

Take me to Tokyo in your flight simulator
Track Name: Chris
Chris, this isn’t smart to say
but I liked you right away

Arms looked open from the bus
A week later too much us

I didn’t mean to say no
when our reactions were slow
Now how I wish I could go
back to that

“kiss me later at your place”
Now we’re taking back our space

I could’ve been more demure
with this wink of aperture
How did becoming mature
bring me to

adolescence, then defeat
Womanhood is a repeat

Anyway, I’m Salome
Buses stop and go each day
Track Name: Lucertole
I know you get
more out of our knees touching
than out of anything you pay for

Lucertole
marbling every household
Artisanal, and always moving

S-curvaceous reptilian embosses
Squares that click into trysts to cover the losses
Tile puzzle with a design so discreet
This floor isn’t made for feet

So when our limbs
skim pseudo hers to hims
Casually, only as a lesson

(in minutiae throes
all of my hubris slows)
I am above my own impression
Track Name: Linguaglossa
Linguaglossa
Lavatongue licks me down from aeroacrophobia

Why am I
shy of the sky?

At Etna’s breastbone,
il fico d’India pricks me with an analgesic
Tricks me to believing I’m at ease
Igniting my hand synapses to seize it

Like a captive sow who mouths her cage, to furrow in the earth somehow

Linguaglossa
Lavatongue licks me down from aeroacrophobia

Swung down the tongue to its tip which is tasting the sea
Turning the fruit, a door opens for you and for me
Elevator, metal piercing to our swimming space,
barely an inhalation bigger than our embrace
and only a few kisses long to endure the descent
My tongue is unable to move, and it’s less than I meant

Why am I
shy of the sky?
Track Name: Everyone's in Love
Everyone’s in love ‘cause I am

Do you notice that you are
kissing a kiss that
emanated from a gasp
taken inappropriately
as displaced Brazilian neon
fit to souls of 100 Italian tadpoles? Ciao!

Everyone’s in love ‘cause I am

On gymnasium TVs,
rings crimped, beautiful stomachs
It’s a child after all, lying, desperate skateboard freefall
And that pulsating treadmill heart?
Don’t say it’s only squares of electric measurement. No!

Everyone’s in love ‘cause I am

And that silhouette of skyline’s
not sweet blades of grass you can
settle right up to your mouth?
Blow through -
make a purified sound? Ah…

It cannot be true!
I see you kissing!
Track Name: LED
LED
On my bedside table
about to close its eye
As I, too, am slowing
I think of you and cry

Wettened arrow to my heart
Emits you in the glow
Tells me you’ll be knowing
only sleep now, there you go
Track Name: Half
I like to make love with my iPod half in your ear, half in mine
Half

What has come over me?
It’s all immagini!
A white mid-sky scar
of all the music’s ever moved me

You you you you you you
You you you you you you

I like to make love with my iPod half in your ear, half in mine
Half
Track Name: Heartache is an Orange
Heartache is an orange

Freshly peeled and separating
Six of you are aspirating
Backs curved over cigarettes
Smoking me away sextet

Heartache is an orange

Palmed sun, skin’s apt to tear
Plumped with me enough to scare
Lips are pursed but not to kiss
Love reversed in listless hiss

Heartache is an orange

Faced in, you don’t even know
how far six cigarettes can blow
‘Cause as I eat this summer in
I’m wiping black smoke from my chin
Track Name: Mother
I see a mother and a daughter with their backs against the bark of a tree
Looks like my mother and me

Mother
Mother

The daughter told me that this tree in Sicily could whisper secrets if he
was feeling open and free

Mother
Mother

And in this photo where I’m three my Joanie’s sweetly saying something to me
I wonder what could it be?

Mother
Mother