Track Listing: 1. Always Late to The Party 2. The Crow’s Nest 3. Monsoon 4.
Amp on Fire
5. Summer of 100 Pills 6. Mess of
Love 7. The Last Song of the Caretaker 8. No Medicine 9.Slow Late 10. The
Ocean is Broken
Words & Music by Lianne
Musicians:Sebastian Vogel - frame drum, snare
drum, shaker, xylophone
Nolan Churn: shaker,
snare drum, bass drum Felix Müller: electric guitars, piano, kalimba Alex Paulick: electric guitars, bass
guitar, treatments, piano, organ Lianne Hall: acoustic
and electric guitars, electric piano, vocals
Produced byAlexander Paulick, Guy Sternberg
and Lianne Hall Studio:Lowswing Studio,
Recorded & mixed
on analogue tape by Guy Sternberg Tape Op:Oli Bergkvist at Lowswing Studio
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and songwriter Lianne Hall releases her fourth solo studio album on Market
Square Records (UK) via Lowswing Records (Berlin).
Lianne is “one of the great English voices” according to the late great John
Peel and 'The Caretaker' proves this again with another astonishing twist in an
experimental and adventurous career. While her sound may be largely
country-esque and folk-inspired, her soul is built on a punk rock foundation.
'The Caretaker' was recorded live and direct to tape over a
period of five days at the Lowswing Studio in Berlin during the summer of 2015. Lianne
teamed up with Alexander Paulick of Kreidler who helped arrange the songs and
recruited a host of great musicians who were game to record live.
The sessions were based on gut feeling and very few takes.
Behind the desk and playing sometimes too was Guy Sternberg, another Berlin legend and owner
of one of the best studios in town. His passion for recording to tape and for
this project in particular has resulted in a new record label
called Lowswing Records, devoted to analogue recordings
The album itself speaks of broken lives and a broken world
but without getting dragged into the mess. There's too much light in Lianne's
voice and space in the music to feel lost in the darkness. 'The Caretaker' is a
tonic for our times.
In the summer of 2015 UK singer-songwriter Lianne Hall
teamed up with Alexander Paulick, of the band Kreidler, to shape a collection
of demos into a new album. In a short space of time Alex recruited a stellar
cast of Berlin
musicians for the sessions and enlisted Guy Sternberg of Lowswing studio to
record and co-produce. In three days the entire album was recorded directly to
analogue tape. Each song was played live, without unnecessary clutter and with
plenty of atmosphere. The result is a spine-tinglingly intimate record with
unfussy yet sophisticated production values. Lianne's voice and affecting
lyrics have great presence which, along with outstanding musicianship, gives
'The Caretaker' a timeless and deeply personal feel.
Lianne Hall is a singer-songwriter from Peterborough, with a voice and style which
sounds immediately familiar in its gentle warmth, yet conveys a unique
emotional depth and integrity in its range and beauty. While her sound may be
largely country-esque and folk-inspired, her soul is definitely built on a punk
rock foundation. Lianne started writing songs as a teenager, and joined her
first band, Witchknot, when she became involved with the 'Riot grrrl' movement
She lived in a bus for five years, making acoustic folk pop
with Bela Emerson under the name Hiphuggers and electronica as Pico with
bedroom producer Andy Wills. Whilst living there she met her hero John Peel
when he was filming his Channel 4 programme Sounds of the Suburbs, and since
that memorable meeting she went on to record five Peel sessions with a variety
of line-ups. In 2000 she left her bus and moved Pico to Brighton,
where she formed The Broken Heart Club with Matt Eaton, Alice
Eldridge and Susanne Lambert. Lianne has also collaborated with lots of
different artists including d_rradio (deathrowradio), Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), FITH
and DJ Marcelle. In John Peel’s own words, Lianne is ‘one of the great English
Lianne has toured extensively in the UK, mainland Europe and Canada and the U.S. Her discography includes four
solo studio albums and two collaboration albums. The latest collaboration with
Paul Hartnoll as Haunted House is a beautifully produced collection of dark,
electronic pop songs entitled ‘Brave the Woods’ released on Woodland
2017 sees Lianne
release her fourth solo studio album " The Caretaker" which was
recorded live and direct to analogue tape in Berlin at Lowswing
studios during the summer of 2015. Featuring Alexander Paulick from the band Kreidler and members of the
legendary Kante from Hamburg,
the album is an exciting new departure and sees Lianne’s voice and songwriting
maturing yet further.
Discography: Lianne Hall (Solo Only)
Caretaker (Recorded 2015 Released 2017)
Wires (2010) Malinki Records
Ship (2006) Local Kid Records
(2001) Beat Bedsit Records.
‘Peel Session No 2 for BBC Radio 1 .
7 inch of
Chard by Pico released, 50 in festive fifty. Moved to Brighton.
‘Peel Session No 3 in April plus ‘Peel Acres Xmas Special’. Solo CDR
'Trouble' release on Brighton's Beat Bedsit
released Pico CDR
John Peel session No 4, the one with THE QUOTE:
text of what John Peel said on his Radio 1 Show,.
“That is one of the great English
voices, it really is! I say English specifically because you know that if Lianne (that’s Pico by the
way which is spelt P-I-C-O and ‘Abandon Ship’) you know that if Lianne was
American and she was on a label with a bit of advertising muscle she’d be
getting ecstatic reviews in the smart papers. As it is, alas, not very much at all!
But we’ll keep plugging away and I’m
sure she will as well. And Pico is Lianne Hall who is joined by Bela Emerson on
cello, Justin Wood on bass and Suzanne Lambert on drums.)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MhPWk_p1x8
Peel session with Caroline Martin (one of the last sessions he ever broadcast
Bravas' released, a semi Pico mini album. Also Broken Heart Club 7 inch
released, both on Lianne's label Malinki Records. Broken Heart club was a short
lived band based around my songs. Featured Matt Eaton (Actress Hands/ The Pure
Conjecture/ American Mustard) and Alice Eldridge (Collectress)
a solo tour for myself of Canada/
U.S.A. Travelling by train.
UK shows, inc Homocrime in London http://www.everardrecords.com/homocrime/events.html
this was the year when I recorded a Maida Vale session for Rob Da Bank and
Chris Coco for a show called the Blue Room on Radio 1.
Abandon Ship released on legendary Local Kid records of Bristol. They went on to run
and lots of amazing gigs http://localkid.co.uk/
Session on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 show. Became the cleaner/ caretaker of West
Hill Hall in Brighton, which I helped turn
into a thriving venue. Also became the cleaner for Paul Hartnoll..
on the Irrk 10” compilation (undergorund punk/queer label).
'The Ideal Condition' by Paul Hartnoll (Orbital). 'For Silence' and duet with
Robert Smith. Headlined the Big Chill festival, Electric Picnic (Dublin), Bridgwater Hall (Manchester),
Roundhouse (London), Gigs in Amsterdam
Europe by Interrail with Bela Emerson. Visited
14 countries in 26 days.
on the Bucky compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUvOiJpRaKM
Moved to Berlin.
on Haunted House
House 'Brave the Woods' released on Woodland Recordings. & 7 inch released
on Lianne's label. Long in the pipeline collaboration with Paul Hartnoll,
realised/ remixed in Berlin
with Alexandre Decoupigny. Also collaboration with DJ Marcelle, vocal improv
and decks mixed by Lianne. By the name of Murmuration. http://www.anothernicemess.com/pages/murmuration.html
2016 – 2017
Hatching plans and playing gigs plus collaborating with Mwstard http://mwstard.com/ punk friends from Witchknot
days. Coming in 2017 'Lavender Hex' a post punk concept album featuring
different voices from the queer/ underground punk scene..
Some Additional Information Witchknot
played gigs with Dog Faced Hermans, Dawson, Red Monkey, Submission Hold and
lots of other punk legends. Labels: Flat Earth and Slampt.
opened for: The Handsome Family, The Be Good Tanyas, Sun Kil Moon,
Salena Godden, Massicot, Whitehouse, Calvin Johnson, Penny Arcade,
Brosseau, Bucky, Ill
Ease, Orchestre Tout Pouissant Marcel Duchamp, James Yorkston,
with: Rae Spoon, Bela Emerson, Rattle, Zea, Caroline Martin, Robotnicka