New York City outfit American Anymen have announced a new release with Lise, a Parisian singer and pianist. The 'OUI EP' is the second collaborative release for American Anymen and LISE. In 2014, they released a demo called the '+EP'. In the two years that have since passed, they have jointly played shows in NYC and Paris.
American Anymen is a music collective, whose view on art is that what you have to say is more important than the equipment you own and that passion is more important than technical expertise. It was formed in 1999 by video artist Brett Sullivan, who sings and wrote the songs on this album. Scott Fragalla is a New York native who has played bass with the band since 2004. Tracy Brooks plays drums and Flugel horn on this EP. Sullivan met French artist Lise in Bushwick, Brooklyn a few years ago at an open mic, where they admired each other’s performance. They decided that very night that they would co-create in a new music adventure. Hailing from Paris, Lise’s eponymous debut album was released in 2011 on French label Cinq7. Versed in piano since she was five, her music path took her on a detour from her classical music education at the Conservatory of Narbonne, having discovered America for herself, as well as pop and rock music, her luggage now filled with new sounds, including Björk, The Pixies, Joni Mitchell, and The Smiths. Lise has toured the world and has undergone a transition to synth pop in recent years. This album was recorded partially in Montrueuil, Paris and finally completed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the fall of 2016.
If you're in NYC this weekend, catch them live at Little Skips (941 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221) from 8-11pm.