“Beehan, if you don’t pick yourself and your grief up and write an album to honor the passing of your father, the one family member who truly understood and loved you, you probably won’t make music again.” This artistic pursuit of catharsis from grief was the initial drive behind Alazon In The Quiet Room, the new LP from Carrie Beehan set for release on October 21st, 2016 via BNS Sessions. Listen here.
The internationally acclaimed performance artist and musician recently detailed the album in an interview piece with Groundsounds where she also shared the premiere of single, “Ass In The Middle.”
As Beehan further details, “I had written down the words Alazon and Malfeasant in an old note book sometime in the early 2000’s on arrival in New York. I had this notebook containing some old lyrics with me when I arrived at my Artist’s residency in the historic and very liberal town Bisbee, nestled in the mountains of Arizona, a few miles north of the Mexican border.
Presented with this enormous old schoolroom and wall-length chalkboards as a studio, I draped the boards in old paper and felt compelled to write those two words from the notebook onto the paper. Alazon and Malfeasant.
From there I created a “Songline” akin to how the anthropologist and writer Bruce Chatwin explained the Aboriginal song story-line that each person’s animal spirit had. I drew the stations of each song that came to mind as a crossing or turning point in my music travels, and in turn emotionally comprehended how foolish and naive I had been till this point in my life – very much the Greek Stock Character -Alazon, not understanding the every irony of the situations I had placed myself in and that mostly the last laugh was on me.
At every turn there are machinations and vagaries that can alter one’s course and you just can’t stand around singing in the midst of it thinking the band, the studio, the record company, the visa to stay in a country, the partners, family members and friends one makes will always be there! It just ain’t so.”
The latest sonic vision from Beehan will also come paired with a performance piece, Alazon In The Quiet Room – Part One : Displaced, with dates TBA.
Be on the lookout for more in advance of the release of Carrie Beehan’s Alazon In The Quiet Room LP on October 21st, 2016.