Lately I've been thinking a lot about the musician Lizzy Mercier Descloux. Maybe it's the spring weather that's putting me in a good mood. Or maybe it's the cool womens short haircuts I see here at Seagull all the time that remind me of Lizzy's hair. Whatever the case, I've been playing her album "Press Color" the past few days and fell in love with her, the music, and her style all over again.
Though Lizzy started out in the no wave scene, I like to think of her as transcending the bunch. There's a softness to her music I don't usually associate with no wave. Her approach to guitar is intuitive and minimal---and often noisy and funky. It's an approach that's way more interesting to me than a guitar solo. And it's something that obviously influenced future musicians. (If Erase Errata were a baby, they'd have Lizzy's eyes.) But you can hear in Lizzy's voice a youthfulness and excitement that's a refreshing sound in no wave music.
It also doesn't hurt her that she had good style:
With Lydia Lunch:
With Patti Smith:
She comes from another time and perhaps another realm, and I feel like I can't learn enough about her. There's not a ton of information online at least... (Lizzy passed away in the early 2000s.) But the mystery is probably part of the appeal of her music. And she's definitely one of my style icons.