Beauty Sleep

by Olivia Louvel

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ABOUT THIS ALBUM

Bats, fox and birds form the animalist backdrop for her fifth studio album created in virtual rural isolation, in the West Sussex countryside under the 'shed'. 'Beauty Sleep' sees Olivia Louvel returning to a song format after her abstract composition 'ō, music for haiku'.

Themes: animalism.
1. satisfaction of, or preoccupation with, physical matters; sensuality
2. (Philosophy) the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature
3. a trait or mode of behaviour typical of animals

Foreign elements:
#04 'In My Shed' is a remake of the Recoil 's track 'Stone' from the album 'Hydrology', Alan Wilder's second Recoil release. (1988/ Mute Records).
#11 'Live with me' is composed using a sonnet by William Shakespeare.

Visuals:
To support the sound world and to present different facets, Olivia Louvel has produced a series of experimental films, 'The Beauty Sleeps'. These will be published online via www.olivialouvel.com beginning of September 2014 over an extended period.
You can view the #1 film here olivialouvel.com/index.php/p-5/experiments/

#Obeautysleep on Twitter
European promotion: Ed Benndorf, ed@dense.de
Olivia Louvel has received a grant from the Arts Council for 'Beauty Sleep'.

credits

released September 5, 2014

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ALBUM CREDITS

All tracks composed and produced by Olivia Louvel,

except 'In My Shed' written by Olivia Louvel & Alan Wilder,
based on a sample of "Stone" by Recoil. Published by Mute Song Limited / Copyright Control.

All lyrics by Olivia Louvel,

except 'Live With Me', a sonnet by William Shakespeare

Mix & Additional production by Paul Kendall at Choco's loft, Mute Studio, Audiobeach Studio
Mastered by Norscq

Design by Jesse Holborn
Photo by David Ackroyd

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PRESS

Read the interview
The Quietus
thequietus.com/articles/16563-olivia-louvel-simon-fisher-turner-remix

Brighton Dome Blog
brightondome.org/news_blog/5_minutes_witholivia_louvel/

Chain DLK
www.chaindlk.com/interviews/olivia-louvel/

"The award-winning French-born Brit crafts a fresh set of art inspired electronics. Or is it electronics inspired art? Olivia Louvel works on the frontier of art and electronic music, often blurring the boundary between the two…" (…) Much of ‘Beauty Sleep’ has a brittle fragility to it. ‘I Capture’ and ‘Bats’ exude a quiet grace and serenity, the former sounding like a piece Matthew Bourne might use in a modern ballet. The latter meanwhile takes the kind of strings that Will Gregory crafted for Goldfrapp’s ‘Felt Mountain’, only here the textures are suffused with dubby dynamics and skewed rhythms.‘But You Know’ provides tropicalia mystique, while ‘Polytypes Of Love’ finds dark eroticism in robotic synth gestures.
Mat Smith for Electronic Sound (UK)

"The closing track—Louvel’s musical setting of Shakespeare/Marlowe’s love sonnet “Live With Me”—is four and a half minutes of achingly tender perfection. "
Graham Duff for Dangerous Minds

"What Olivia Louvel unveils instead is one of the most fascinating song-bound albums we've heard in a while, one that really tells a s-t-o-r-y of cloudy forests, long lost secrets and scary spells, of hermaphroditic beings, supernatural powers and more supernatural mystery. Recommended."
baze.djunkiii for psychedelickitchen (Germany)

"This is rather special... If you like the kind of darkness of the early Goldfrapp... Sensational sound!"
Melita Dennett, BBC Sussex (UK)

"Vor sparsam instrumentierten elektronischen Beats kreischt, stöhnt, croont, schluchzt, jammert und krächzt die Französin mit einer Vehemenz, die ihres Gleichen sucht – und schafft trotzdem den Brückenschlag zur Eingängigkeit. »Beauty Sleep« ist ähnlich vielseitig und ambivalent wie Louvels beeindruckende stimmliche Performance: Mal harmlos und verschmust, mal zähnefletschend und brandgefährlich. Und als würde dieses schamanistisch anmutende Ritual nicht schon genug Bilder evozieren, komplementiert Louvel das Album auf ihrer Homepage zusätzlich mit experimentellen Kurzfilmen. Ein rundes Gesamtpaket mit ganz eigenem Charakter. "
Kristoffer Cornils for hhv-mag.com (Germany)

"kreativ und cool, wie es viele bloß gehypte, aber nicht begabte Popdiven gerne wären. Wer etwas mit FKA Twigs, Björk oder Tonia Reeh anfängt, ist hier gut aufgehoben."
Curt Cuisine for Skug (Austria)

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Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. She operates on the frontier of art and electronic music.

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Track Name: Burst
Keep it down, it’s about to burst. keep it down
Keep it down, it’s about to burst
I can’t speak

Keep it down
I wanted to have another chance to say bye bye
Another time, another chance to say good bye

Mute train,
How could she dare?
To lie , to lie to me
How could she dare?
But we couldn’t or we didn’t

I wanted to have another chance to say bye bye
I have to expel somehow to cry to break the spell

The spell
The spell, keep it down, it’s about to, it’s about to burst
The spell
It’s about to burst , it’s about to burst , it’s about to burst
Burst
It’s about to burst, it's about to

Burst

It’s about to, it’s about to to to to burst, keep it down
Track Name: But You Know
But you know, I can't complain
But you know, all is vain, all is wrong, all is insane
kept by the one who's in charge

But you know, no one cares
But you know how to lull me, how to love me, how to tame me
in a tiny paper box
And mini, in your mini box, in your tiny box
box
cardboard box

Hold me, hold me now, hold me now
But you know, all is vain, all is wrong, all is insane

No one cares
But you know, no one cares
But you know how to lull me, how to love me, how to tame me
how to love me
to love me
how to feed me

but you know but you know but you know you know

but you know but you know but you know you know

you know, you know, you know, you know

but you know

but you know but you know but you know you know

mambo, mambo
Track Name: Bloody
Can you feel the rage in me ? Can you feel the agony?
Can you feel the rage in me ? Can you feel the agony?
Because I’m bloody I am mean
Because I’m bloody I am mean

I define beyond the rules
I am fine when I hunt down
I make laws with my claws
I eat raw but with no paws

Because I’m bloody I am mean
Because I’m bloody I am mean

Can you feel the rage?
Can you feel the rage?
Can you feel the rage?
Can you feel the rage?

Isn’t there any flesh?
Isn’t there any bite?
Isn’t there anything I can catch?
Isn’t there any flesh?
Isn’t there any bite?
Isn’t there anything I can catch?

Isn’t there any flesh ?
Isn’t there any bite ?
Isn’t there anything I can catch?

Can you feel ?
Feel
Can you feel ?
Feel

Can you feel the rage in me ? Can you feel the agony?
Can you feel the rage in me ? Can you feel the agony?
Because I’m bloody I am mean
Because I’m bloody I am mean

I’m the man to play the part
I’m the man who tears apart
I’m the man to mute the tape
I’m the man who keeps the chase

I am mean because I’m bloody I am mean

Can you feel the rage?
Track Name: In My Shed
Why is it wrong to be inside?
I’ve got everything to fill me here
With me it’s all in here, with me

I like it when it rains and I’m inside

The fox knows how to avoid the human
Taking things as they come
Oh that’s the way I am
Oh that’s the way I am

In my shed, unscathed
Not beaten by the rocks, not bitten by the sharks

Why is it wrong to want to be inside?
Why is it wrong to want to be?
I’ve got everything to fill me here with me, it’s all in here with me

That’s the way I am
Oh that’s the way I am
Oh that’s the way I am
I’ve got everything to fill me here with me, it’s all in here with me

Why is it wrong to want to be inside?
Why is it wrong to want to be?
In my shed, unscathed
Not beaten by the rocks, not bitten by the sharks

Oh that’s the way I am
Oh that’s the way I am
Oh that’s the way I am
I’ve got everything to fill me here with me, it’s all in here with me
Track Name: I Capture
I capture your love
Track Name: Bats
But if we lapse to rebound
But if we dare

But if we cross the line, we may find something to look forward to

To look forward to

But if we cross the line
We may find

Some place far from the humans
Some bats are starving for us
Someone kept longing for us
Some tears left for the others

If we cross the line

Some place far from the humans
Some bats are starving for us
Someone kept longing for us
Some tears left for the others
others

if we cross the line we may find

we may find
we may find
we may find
Track Name: Polytypes Of Love
Give me some love
Give me some time
Give me a reason to go on to go on

Give me some time, your attention, give me give me, some passion
Give me
Give me
Give me
Give me

Give me some love, your attention
Give me some passion, give me some passion

Give me some love, your attention
Give me some passion, give me, give me

All I need are simple things, all I need
All I need are simple things, all I need
Polytypes of love all I need
Polytypes of pleasure
Polytypes of love
Love
Love

Oh, oh,oh, oh

Polytypes, polytypes, polytypes, polytypes

All I need, all I need, all I need, all I need
All I need are simple things, all I need
Polytypes of love / all I need
Polytypes of pleasure/ give me some love give me some love
Polytypes of love / love love
Polytypes of pleasure / give me some love
Love
Love

poly poly polytypes
poly poly polytypes
Track Name: Beauty Sleep
She may need some beauty sleep
She demands and then she weeps
Why would she consent to rest, when she could pursue her quest

She smokes
She takes
All night all day
She takes

She may need some beauty sleep
She just moans and then she weeps
Make up your mind
Make up your rules
Define the game before you play

All night all day, all night all day, all night all day

She smokes, she takes
Track Name: Recover
Even if you die, that would make no difference now

Will I ever recover?
Will I ever remember?
Will I ever get over?

Will I ever remember?
Will I ever recover?
Will I ever get over?

It’s the sun on the dew that makes us evaporate
It’s the time that stretches our pain
It’s the tide that reveals my chain

Will I ever ?
Will I ever ?
Will I ever get over ?

Oh

It’s the sun on the dew that makes us evaporate
It’s the time that stretches our pain
It’s the tide that reveals my chain

Will I ever?
Will I ever?
Will I ever get over?
Will I ever?
Will I ever?
Will I ever get over?

Will I ever?
Will I ever?
Will I ever remember?
Track Name: Paper Boy
Paper Boy found in a paper bag
Here comes the cry
But no one could see
But no one could hear in our big city
But no one could see
But no one could hear with our plastic brains, our plastic cars, our plastic taste in our plastic face,
in our plastic face

Here comes the cry

But no one could see how this baby tree could stand and speak
But no one could see how this baby tree emerged from the scene, slightly soiled, unbalanced,
slightly battered

But no one could see
But no one could hear
But no one
No one
No one

Our plastic brains, our plastic cars, our plastic taste in our plastic face
Paper boy, paper bag, paper
Track Name: Live With Me
Sonnet ( by William Shakespeare)

Live with me and be my love
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dales and fields
And all the craggy mountains yields

Live with me and be my love
And we will all the pleasures prove
And we will all, and we will all, and we will all
Be my love