Written, recorded and mixed on 4-tracks tapes by Louis Jucker, in La Maison d’à côté, Agiez, Switzerland, 05.11.2014. “Nous sommes des fantômes qui essayons de devenir visibles” is an automatic poem by Augustin Rebetez, recorded in Basel, Switzerland, 15.06.2013.
“The Woman Of The Dunes” was written on a windy Sunday in Noordwjik, Netherlands. Digitally mastered by Morgan Hug in Ko Phi Phi, India, 21.03.2015 Layout and print by Romain Berger and the fabulous people of La Maison d’à Côté, Agiez, Switzerland. Second-hand tapes generously given by La Brocante de l’Arme Du Salut, Lausanne, and Emmaus La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Louis Jucker : Everyone I truly love. I only belong to the missing ones and the missing places. Absenteeism. “Hey, cool, are you missing class, too ? Can we see each other more often ? ”
LJ : Cut the bullshit, tell us about the record.
LJ : It doesn’t want to make sense. It doesn’t have a plan, It doesn’t fit anywhere.
LJ : You’re so hip…
LJ : Hell no, I want to disappear in fact. I take too much space. My songs are tired of existing. I want them to be blurry, confidential, each time different. Missing.
LJ: Paradox. You still share your records.
LJ : Pay what you want, copy it yourself !
LJ : Pfff. Why create something that no one can properly buy or possess? No originals? No value?
LJ : I want this to be as close as possible to the trash bin. Poetry from the lost and found.
LJ: Alright, but tapes… if it isn’t for the sake of fashion, I don’t get it.
LJ : I like to erase them. I like the idea that someone could erase mines too.
LJ : How dare you call it a record release then ?
LJ : It’s a cycle. I do stuff, use a lot of material. In the end something remains, it’s a song or two. I throw it away, back to where it came from. It’s rather a compost than a final product.
LJ : This means that the only thing you have to give is garbage.
LJ : No, it’s a living shit. Something that should allow one to start new things. It’s open enough because it’s already dead.
LJ : Not dead : missing, huh ?
LJ : You finally got it.
LJ : Now tell us about the release party at least, as it seems to be the only thing you actually organised. Some Of The Missing Ones, more than 20 artists in two days. Open workshop of tape duplication, sonic installation, etc. ?
LJ : I will invite my friends. They all are amazing songwriters, even if some of them don’t know it yet. I will let them sing and discover each other. Record them while they play. Erase some awful tapes and copy their music instead. All of these tracks will end up possible Bsides of my record, which already is to be taken as a compilation of Bsides. There won’t be any Aside at all in the end.
LJ : Any specific reason to organise this festival in La Datcha (a music club in Lausanne) ?
LJ : This place is about to be erased. It’s a free and empty space. This allows us to create everything on site, something slighty different than usual. This will be a weird laboratory, an open workshop of songwriting and DIY edition.
LJ : Fair enough. What are your future plans after all this ?
LJ : I will disappear for a while.
LJ : […]
01 We Will Touch Down
02 The Ballad Of John and Jane Doe
04 Nous sommes des fantômes qui essayons de devenir visibles
05 The Woman Of The Dunes
Songwriting Festival // Open Tape
Duplication Workshop // Sonic
La Datcha, Lausanne, Switzerland June 26, 27, and 28