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Lys Guillorn

by Lys Guillorn

Like the Velvet Underground sung by the McGarrigle Sisters, or the songs of the Clean performed by Big Star from inside a darkened toybox. Interior space illuminated. Guests from Luna, Galaxie 500, Feelies, Richard Hell and the Voidoids.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Steel Pier
3:10 $0.99
2. Legendary Cowboys
2:12 $0.99
3. Counterproductive
3:31 $0.99
4. Who's Losing You?
3:36 $0.99
5. Little Wren
4:08 $0.99
6. Throne
4:05 $0.99
7. In Sleep
3:41 $0.99
8. Impossible
2:40 $0.99
9. Weightless
2:28 $0.99
10. You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory
3:17 $0.99
11. Old Serpent Blues (Fragment)
1:07 $0.99
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This self-titled CD introduces songwriter Lys Guillorn. In addition to singing and playing rhythm guitar, Guillorn sings vocal harmonies, plays lead and slide guitar, Hammond and Magnus Chord organs, bells, fuzz bass and melodica.

For this record, she worked on subtle arrangements with the assistance of producer/engineer Jeff Feuerzeig, best known as the director of the film Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King and producer of tracks by Kickstand, Codeine, The Mad Scene, Kicking Giant, and Flying Saucer.

Feuerzeig brought in a few guests who helped with the project including Stanley Demeski (Luna/Feelies), Robert Quine (Lou Reed/Richard Hell and the Voidoids/Tom Waits), Brenda Sauter (Feelies), Dean Wareham (Luna/Galaxie 500) and Glenn Mercer (Feelies/Wake Ooloo).

The result is a moody, interior rock record with a little twang. Among the CDs 10 original tracks are carnival ditties ("Steel Pier") and cowboy songs ("Legendary Cowboys") living side-by-side with dark tunes in ¾ time ("Little Wren"-like the Velvet Underground sung by the McGarrigle Sisters), hymns to desperate love ("Throne"-with a toy box arrangement), and unsettling lullabies ("In Sleep").

The voice of Lightnin' Hopkins weaves through "Counterproductive" (a harbinger of the record-ending fragment "Old Serpent Blues"), while "Weightless" is Big Star-floaty. Guillorn writes for the ghost of Nick Drake, the specter of Johnny Thunders (there's a cover of "You Can't Put Your Arms Round a Memory") and the phantom of Sterling Morrison.

Guillorn currently lives in western Connecticut.



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The dane

Great voice, great music!
Lys Guillorn's music and vocal is a bit gloomy and sad, but sertenly not depressing. I actually find the songs and music very beautiful composed. The instruments work really good with her voice. Keep it up Lys Guillorn, I would like to hear more!


Lys Guillorn's work simultaneously elates and depresses, how can one ask for more.

Gary Higgins

Vivid vignettes that become animate at will...
On this outing Lys Guillorn has produced a collection of superbly crafted songs that fuse vivid, cinematic lyrics with an uncommon melodic sensibility. Vocally, she shares a kinship to venerable predecessors like Sandy Denny and Suzanne Langille, with comparable emotional complexity and heft. However, unlike such stellar exemplars, she exhibits a poly-stylistic tendency in her songwriting that draws upon and re-shapes many facets of rock and roll, and of American traditional music as well. As with Tom Waits, she need not shoot music videos; like Waits at his best, her songs are videos, with little need of further adornment., with a smoldering intensity beneath; buy two.