A multifaceted and fiercely independent artist, Wax Tailor established himself in just a few years as one of the leading voices of the Post hip-hop and downtempo scenes. With 3 albums under his belt, as well as over 400 concerts in over 50 countries, he erupted from France to become an international phenomenon.
Returning with a concept album, Dusty Rainbow From The Dark, Wax Tailor gives us a musical tale inspired in large part by the enchanted world of children. This fourth long player release is also a charming allegory on the escapist power of music.
This multicolored fable with an international cast takes us on a wandering path through psychedelic trip-hop and baroque hip-hop. Wax Tailor has redefined his craft, giving us a work that is at once modern and timeless.
DUSTY RAINBOW FROM THE DARK
The idea behind this album came forth in 2006, while JC Le Saoût, the producer behind the Wax Tailor moniker, was putting the finishing touches on his second album. The concept was tinkered with during four years, and at the start of 2010, JC decided to give it form through a three step process: musical composition, writing the story and casting the album.
For the composition, the key step was to go back to sampling. Having worked extensively with studio musicians for his last two albums, and touring with a symphonic orchestra for part of 2011, Wax Tailor made the decision to go back to his roots and work exclusively with samples to craft the music on this album. However, the method of sampling involved on Dusty Rainbows From The Dark is unique in that the goal was not to replicate loops, but rather to gather textures and rework them to create new instruments. Each texture found wandering the grooves of countless phonograms was then reworked to become an individual note. These notes where then programmed to give him a palette of various instruments, which are then used to compose melodies. Both vintage in it’s feel and very modern in it’s creative process, this first step took nine months.
During the fall of 2011, Wax Tailor developed the musical score of his new album. He then relocated to New York to work with singer-songwriter Sara Genn, to pen the plot of the album. Using the music as inspiration, they would draft the story that runs throughout Dusty Rainbow From the Dark.
At the start of 2012, the final production stage of the album began. The first order was to find a narrator, a role which was taken by the legendary voice of Don McCorkindale, best known for his work on the serialized radio version of The Avengers, on the BBC. Simultaneously, Wax Tailor casted the guests that would appear on the album, drawing from familiar collaborators such as Charlotte Savary or Mattic as well as new voices like Aloe Blacc or Jennifer Charles. Finally, reknowned Children Book Illustator Rebecca Dautremer came on board to create the art that would accompany the story and offer her vision of the main protagonist.
Wax Tailor will be at KoKo club in Camden on December 4th, 2012 (1A Camden High StreetNW1 7JELondon, UK) nearest underground: Mornington Crescent on the Northern Line.
Tickets ar £15, reservation advised.