privatePaz Lenchantin : Songs for Luci (US,2006)***'
Argentine born Paz Lenchantin (from Armenian/French parents, both pianists) as a groovy electric bass player had joined A Perfect Circle, Zwan (with Matt Sweeney and Billy Corgan -from Smashing Pumpkins-) and then the bluespsychrockers The Entrance Band, and had some commissions on bass or violin or arrangements (Queens Of The Stone Age, the Japanese film ‘Hen’, Michael Mann’s Miami Vice).
A few years ago she recorded a solo release which is more acoustic and which features songs and instrumental ideas of string arrangements and vocal harmonies with guitar pickings. The package is officially printed, but the cds seems to be cdr copies sold privately or on occasions.
The mini album is dedicated to her elder brother Luciano who is a singer-songwriter for the band Big Milk. It very much sounds like a present of love with instrumental miniatures and songs which sound most often like lullabies, in a classical minimal/minimalistic way of folk, or a bit folk-Americana, presented like gifts, feather light ideas like feathers of wishes, carried by a slight breeze of strings.
Just the first violin on “Montana Train” sounds a bit like a straw violin. This track is a humming minimal dance of a melody. “Kentucky Hymn” is arranged with fingerpicking beautiful violin compact harmony-melodic strings (Penguin Cafe Orchestra-like), and ethereal vocal harmonies, is a vague miniature like only a memory of a song. “Violins” is another small filmic violin arrangement. The first more real song “365” sounds like an Americana lullaby, accompanied by a smaller sized strummed guitar and with a small vocal arrangement. “California” is another small minimalist mood-provoking lullaby arranged by violins/fiddle with guitar pickings. “Bloom Like Roses” arranged with string arrangements and country folk guitar, sounds a bit more like a country lullaby. Last track with country violin and with bit of percussion improvises pompompom her love & caring lullabies to its destiny to be given as a present…
PS. Also Paz sister, Ana, has a musical career, as a cello player, and she joined similar bands.