Absinthe: La Folie Verte is a sonic and poetic invocation combining mind-altering music and powerful recitations of Absinthe-inspired poems of the fin-de-siècle.
These elements unite with a brilliant graphic presentation to conjure an emerald realm of euphoric delirium.
It is also one of the most obsessive recordings ever made: the various melodies that float across these soundscapes derive from forgotten Absinthe songs of the past; actual elements of the latter, derived from old cylinder recordings and 78s, have also been carefully stirred and distilled into new formulations by Les Joyaux de la Princesse. Furthermore, all aspects of this album (instrumentation, spoken recitations, and even the final mixing) were executed under the influence of the drink.
The end result is an impressionistic tour-de-force and the ultimate aural hymn to la fée verte, the Green Fairy.
1 Folie Verte (I Am The Green Fairy) 3:40
2 Symphonie Verte (And Here I Am, An Absintheur...) 4:59
3 Minutes D'Absinthe (Let Me Be Mad, Mad With Absinthe) 1:59
4 Absintha Taetra (Opaline) 6:58
5 Poison Vert (D'Après Frédéric Barbier) 6:57
6 Avec Les Fleurs... Avec L'Absinthe (With Flowers And With Women) 1:58
7 Absinthine (D'Après Emile Duhem) 0:55
8 Variations Sur Le Thème De Corelli (By Venus And Cupid) 4:05
9 Variations Sur Le Thème De Corelli (That Night, I Drank Deeply) 13:20
10 Princesse Verte (D'Après Emile Spencer) 5:37
11 Fée Verte, Vous Êtes Jolie (Chanté Par Affre) 2:10
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