The Quietus | Features | Baker’s Dozen


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All through her profession, Felicia Atkinson has peppered hints of her favorite music via a variety of interviews and DJ sets, the place music from this Baker’s Dozen routinely appear. Talking from Normandy, the place she’s settled with partner Bartolomé Sanson and her son, Ivanhoe, it’s now that they’re meditated on in detail for the initially time.

Significantly like herself, the albums she has picked are nomadic, wandering via different sections of the world and reflecting her own journey in the earth. Born in 1981, to a Polish mom and a French father with British ancestry from her grandfather, Atkinson’s mother worked as a librarian at the National Library. This exposed Atkinson to global audio and a globalist point of view from a younger age.

Though she dabbled in Nirvana, The Beatles, and Miles Davis as a teen, she only commenced seriously listening to audio in her twenties, all-around the time she started out seriously thinking about a career as a musician: “All the artists I chose, there is some thing about the way they live, or how they use songs to display strategies to are living your lifestyle in normal that interests me a great deal, due to the fact there is an ethic in it.”

That way of living is introspective and interdisciplinary, which permeates Atkinson’s operate within and outside of songs. Along with her husband, Atkinson runs Shelter Press, a publishing house and label that celebrates the intersection of art, poetry, and audio, frequently of an uncompromisingly experimental or avant-garde nature.

Atkinson herself is no exception she has carried the torch for experimental ambient new music given that her very first launch as Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier, 2012’s An Age Of Ponder. Her most the latest album, Impression Langage, combines spectral soundscapes with whispery spoken term. They reflect the stories of 20th century feminine artists anxious with the domestic: Georgia O’Keefe, Agnes Martin, Sylvia Plath.

Atkinson is also fascinated in the interactions shaped concerning fellow artists, reflected in the astounding range of collaborations she has coming up. She’s due to return to Semibreve Festival this yr with flautist Violeta Azevedo. She’s also obtained individual collaborations with multidisciplinary visible artist Florence To and famous industry recorder and previous Cabaret Voltaire member, Chris Watson, on top of actively playing a solo tour.

But over all, Atkinson places coronary heart and soul at the centre of her resourceful approach. It’s what centres lots of of the albums in this listing, also. “I tried out to continue to be emotional and sincere,” she tells me. “They’re information I have a shut partnership to – but at the similar time, I do not know so a lot about them. It’s additional that I listen to them and even when I don’t, they have an effects on myself.”

Felicia Atkinson (with Violeta Azevado) performs Semibreve pageant in Braga, Portugal in October. To start reading her Baker’s Dozen, click the portrait under

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