Indie Songwriter Records EP from his Paris Apartment. - Corentin Ollivier: Wandering Star (Portishead cover)
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posted 22 Jan 2022 by Krister Axel
Mixes enigmatic imagery with a world-weary type of melancholy that will resonate deeply with anyone that has borne witness to the dark side of human nature.

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Corentin Ollivier's first album "Into Pieces" was recorded unexpectedly in his Parisian apartment on a four-track cassette recorder, with just a guitar and his warm, vibrant baritone vocal. This heartfelt and stripped-down musical approach is one that stuck with him, so much so that within a few months he found himself recording another EP—"Some More Pieces"—with the same system.

Portishead’s "Wandering Star" made its way onto the EP, as a powerful cover from one of Trip Hop's early pioneers, stripped of its electronic façade, illuminating both the subtle genius of the underlying songwriting as well as Ollivier's instinct for allowing the emotional core of a song to shine through. "Wandering Star" is a brooding and sorcerous masterpiece that borders on the occult, mixing enigmatic imagery with a world-weary type of melancholy that will resonate deeply with anyone that has borne witness to the dark side of human nature.

Those who have seen the needles eye, now tread
Like a husk, from which all that was, now has fled
And the masks, that the monsters wear
To feed, upon their prey

Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved
The blackness of darkness forever

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist