What Lies in the Sea
What Lies in the Sea is the fruit of a ten-year collaboration between singer Lynn Cassiers and keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin, and is the first release for their duo Lilly Joel. Both musicians are free spirits and lauded innovators in their respective fields. File under: a mix between Obscure Records and the Birmingham sound. Belgian singer Lynn Cassiers is as much a sound-sculptor as a singer, using her voice, microphone, and electronics to create soundscapes. Belgian pianist Jozef Dumoulin redefines the Fender Rhodes keyboard through a scope that is at once fully contemporary, eclectic, and highly personal. This recording marks a milestone on their path as a band and crystalizes a moment in a universe that was carefully shaped and daringly explored. The music is straightforward, fresh, and original, with the focus never on the attempt to be part of some distinct genre, but only to be honest toward one's own place in an ever-changing world. There are reminiscences of experimental music, jazz, rock, electro, pop, traditional music, and contemporary classical music; these influences serve as countless small bricks in a new structure that stands on its own. Jozef Dumoulin is known for his open and luminous approach to the piano and to music in general, always anchored in tradition without being burdened by it. In addition to his 2014 album A Fender Rhodes Solo, his projects include The Red Hill Orchestra (a trio with Ellery Eskelin and Dan Weiss) and a duo with Benoît Delbecq. Highly in-demand as a sideman, Dumoulin has recorded and toured with the finest of musicians in the domains of jazz, improvised music, rock, and traditional music. He currently lives in Paris. Called "one of the most remarkable voices of our improvisation scene" (Enola), Lynn Cassiers's universe is one that covers a wide diversity of styles. She is recognizable by her songlike approach in contexts that can range from noise through ambient to free jazz. She's part of improv-rock band Tape Cuts Tape along with guitarist Rudy Trouvé and drummer Eric Thielemans, and also performs as her solo project The Bird, the Fish and the Ball. In addition to writing music for theater and her various collaborations with artists and ensembles such as Marshall Allen, Octurn, and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, she is a steady member in several bands on the Western European music scene. Lynn Cassiers: voice, objects, effects; Jozef Dumoulin: Fender Rhodes, Casio SA-77, effects.