PlexiLusso

by Amy Kohn

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Sven B. Schreiber Sometimes I'm listening to awesome music... beautiful, strange, unheard by human ears yet. Suddenly the music stops - and I wake up. Damn, just a dream once again... But what the... am I dreaming again? Is this album real? Someone give me a pinch... AYAAH, it's real! And unbelievable! This unusual symbiosis of weirdness and excellence is rare... the last time I experienced it was... oh, well... yeah, with "Expeditionary Twitch" by John Elmquist. I wonder if they know each other?! Favorite track: Flight Simulator.
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1.
01:54
Emma A rose that blooms continually Emma
2.
03:46
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
3.
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
4.
03:38
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
5.
02:26
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
6.
03:39
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?
7.
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!
8.
04:46
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
9.
03:59
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
10.
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
11.
02:23
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

about

"MARVELOUS MUSICAL BIJOUX" - VAN DYKE PARKS

PlexiLusso, Amy’s new album of lush, glossy orchestral pop, has made best-of lists from Italy’s Rai Radio 3 program “Battiti” to Avant Music News to Pitchfork’s Best Album Covers of 2014 and has been championed by BBC Radio 6's Stuart Maconie ("I'm a big fan!").

“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."

Pitchfork Best Album Covers 2014: pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9556-the-best-album-covers-of-2014/

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

PlexiLusso on Non-Format site: non-format.com/amy-kohn-plexilusso

PlexiLusso in All About Jazz, Italy: www.allaboutjazz.com/plexilusso-amy-kohn-self-produced-review-by-angelo-leonardi.php

credits

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

"Molto interessante… ci sono canzoni strambe, arrangiamenti a volte irrazionali ma sono canzoni piene di qualità…" ("Very interesting… there are wacky songs, with irrational arrangements at times, but songs full of quality…") - Giuseppe Saulo, Italy's RadioTre, "Battiti"

"Oslo-based design studio Non-Format made this stunning gatefold LP sleeve and eight-page digipak with photography from Merri Cyr for ambitious NYC songwriter Amy Kohn. The custom typeface may be hard to read, but that’s part of the point—the mystery of the typography and otherworldly photographs conjure an elegantly skewed environment." - Creative Director Michael Renaud, Pitchfork, The Year in Music, The Best Album Covers 2014

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

"…ricchezza dell'arrangiamento… felicità melodica che affiorava tra gli spigoli" ("…richness of the arrangements… melodic happiness that emerged between the edges") - Alessandro Achilli, Milan's Radio Populare

"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

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 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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