Four years after the release of their much acclaimed last album – Nyx, the French duet Mansfield.TYA is about to release their audacious new album – Corpo Inferno.
Julia Lanoe and Carla Pallone formed the duo of Mansfield.TYA in the beginning of 2000. They chose their name as a tribute to Anais Nin and Henry Miller‘s muse: June Mansfield. After their first demo (Salope, 2003), then a maxi (May, 2004), they released their first album June in 2005, sung in both English and French. The media described it as; meticulous, uncluttered, moving and solidly etched on the verge of the new French scene. This was quickly followed-up by an EP (extended play), Fuck, a compilation of their White Session (Lenoir, France Inter) and live extracts from their international tour. Mansfield.TYA were back in 2009 with a second album, Seules au bout de 23 secondes, which reaffirms the characteristics developed in June; with Julia on vocals and Carla playing the violin and other instruments (guitar, piano, drums, bass, harmonium, etc.) that meld together willingly. The collaborators create a sonic formula that borders on an ephemeral fragility almost to the point of madness. Having gained critical acclaim in the media and great success at the venues, Mansfield.TYA set about writing the music for a contemporary dance spectacle, and went on tour to China. On their return, the group came out with a new 7” La petite troupe ne connait pas la peur IV, which was accompanied by a series of art works.
Soon after, in 2011, Mansfield.TYA released their third studio album Nyx; with all new songs centered along the theme of the night, in reference to Nyx, the Greek goddess (or personification) of the night. Heady, entrancing drums, multiplied and distorted litanies, vocals and violin; Nyx passes through all the states that the night inspires (dreams, fears, hallucinations, fantasies). This album that showcases a little bit more the notoriety of the group (double page in Les Inrocks, two tracks on France Inter play list, the topic of the Grand Journal of Canal +, a long tour concluding with a show at La Cigale and winner of the prize of the Charles Cros Academie) is made complete by a film directed by thomR and Mansfield.TYA: Nyx, Sommes nous les enfants de la nuit? (2012) then by ReNYX (2012), double vinyl record of remixes and cover versions by 21 artists from different backgrounds: PlanningtoRock, Scratch Massive, Shannon Wright, Francoiz Breut, Laetitia Sheriff, La chatte, Mesparrow, Tender Forever, etc. This sequence finishes with the release of La jungle nous appelle, dit-elle (Disquaire Day 2012), a 7” which includes a surprising but rather beautiful adaptation of “Les Rebelles” by Bérurier Noir.
We pick up with Mansfield.TYA this year, more sure of their art than ever, with a new album Corpo Inferno, written by the four hands of Julia and Carla, almost exclusively in French. If the identity of Mansfield.TYA is already in place – omnipresence of cords, vocals, repetitions of short melodic, harmonic and rhythmic motifs; Corpo Inferno impresses with its force, its sophistication, its audacity and its beautiful bedazzlement. Assisted for the first time by the studio Shelter (Scratch Massive, The Aikiu, Acid Arab, Jarvis Cocker, etc.) for the mixing and mastering of the album, Julia Lanoe and Carla Pallone managed, with great aplomb and a good sense of equilibrium, to build a bridge between the different facets for which they have become renowned, whilst cultivating their will to evolve and their need to experiment. Between moments of playfulness and discordance (“Bleu Lagon”, “Le monde du silence”), of tension (“Jamais jamais”, ‘BB”), of somberness and cinematography (“la fin des temps”), of cultivation and literature (“Sodome et Gomorrhe”, “Les Contemplations”), of magnitude and tempest (“La nuit tombe”), the listener receives from Corpo Inferno a long and sensory epic. Normally solitary, the American artist Shannon Wright lends her words and voice to the overwhelming “Loup Noir”.
With Corpo Inferno, an unusual and skillful mix of modern French chanson, baroque music and electronic dressing, the duet Mansfield.TYA proves, as if it was still necessary, that they are at the front of the queue of fascinating and brilliant bands of the moment. Turning the tables, shuffling the deck, breaking the codes, refusing the simple path, lacking pretense but with heaps of soul, creativity and a touch of provocation; Nothing and no one is like Mansfield.TYA. Nothing scares them. Nothing and nobody can stop them.
Today is the release of the vinyl Christophe "Les Vestiges du Chaos - Remixes" (Capitol) with a remix by Mansfield.TYA ! Listen on Soundcloud
• SIDE A :
TU TE MOQUES
TANGERINE – duo Alan Vega
LES MOTS FOUS
• SIDE B :
TU TE MOQUES – Mansfield.TYA Remix
STELLA BOTOX – CLARA 3000 Remix
TANGERINE – Maud Geffray Remix
LES MOTS FOUS – Louisahhh Remix
One of the best summer music festival, happening in Switzerland. Mansfield.TYA, their whole show filmed by Arte. Check it!
With the release of their new album Corpo Inferno in Québec, Mansfield.TYA will be playing there this week!
• Saturday July 16th: Festival d'été de Québec
(District Saint-Joseph - 6PM)
• Sunday July 17th: Festival d'été de Québec
(Scène Fibe - 5PM)
• Thursday July 21th: Festival MEG Montréal
(La Sala Rossa - 10PM)
Already one year ago, Mansfield.TYA published 'Bleu Lagon'. The track was the beginning of the Corpo Inferno era! Today 'Bleu Lagon' has got a second life with the sharing of its official video. The best summer video, said Les Inrocks.
Video by Philippe Roger & Julien Grosvalet.
Mansfield.TYA, new remix vinyl, La main gauche.
Release date : April 29th, 2016
Corpo Inferno, last Mansfield.TYA's album, has been remixed/covered by 5 brillant artists.
"Dormi/Réveillé" is an unreleased track by Mansfield.TYA.
Side A :
1. Le monde du silence - Rone remix
2. Gilbert de Clerc - Camilla Sparksss flip
3. Le dictionnaire Larousse - Birds on a Wire cover
Side B :
4. Dormi/Réveillé - Mansfield.TYA (unreleased)
5. Les Contremplations - Flavien Berger
6. BB - Madben remix
'Corpo Inferno', last Mansfield.TYA's album, has been remixed/covered by 5 brillant artists (Rone, Flavien Berger, etc.). "Dormi/Réveillé" is an unreleased track by Mansfield.TYA.
|1.||Le monde du silence - Rone remix||Mansfield.TYA||3:49|
|2.||Gilbert de Clerc - Camilla Sparksss flip||Mansfield.TYA||2:36|
|3.||Le dictionnaire Larousse - Birds on a Wire cover||Mansfield.TYA||3:58|
|4.||Dormi/Réveillé - Mansfield.TYA||Mansfield.TYA||3:03|
|5.||Les Contremplations - Flavien Berger||Mansfield.TYA||7:05|
|6.||BB - Madben remix||Mansfield.TYA||7:16|