Friday, April 24, 2009
A few years ago I had heard Devendra Banhart was working on a project called Moon and Moon. It was a family affair, in addition to Devendra, the album boasts contributions from members of An Albatross, Lewis & Clarke, Barkus Born, Stephonik Youth with guest appearances by Gibby Haynes, and Bat For Lashes. The project was spearheaded by William Lemon, aka Natasha Kahn's boyfriend. Due to her rising success it should be noted that her Alchemical romance with William must have something to do with it! Not only is he a brilliant musician, he's also an amazing artist! He has his own clothing line and has brought his signature "body printing" to the couture fashion world. Below is the Moon and Moon album cover where you can see his fabulous body painting...and yes whenever you see Natasha all painted up, yep William did it! Moon and Moon is an epic tale of a King lost at sea...it's comprised of 7 Acts. The album is accompanied by a supplemental companion guide, where William has created a woodblock print for each act...you can see/hear it all on La Société Expéditionnaire!
"Reflections of timeless struggle, self-fulfilling prophecy, and age-old triumph, with flashes of modern affectation. A fluid and evolving seven-act performance; an epic tale of angst, hunger, tragedy, failure, and ultimately, hope. The dramatic opening of this musical/avant-theatre piece begins with the young voice of our seven year old narrator. She describes in 2 short lines what we are about to witness: seven perspectives of one king's war with himself. Moon & Moon provides the framework of a journey through an eternal human battle, borrowing from religious heritage and a colourful quilt of belief that draws upon the root myth of our collective humanity. Our story re-creates an archetypal battle that is not only historical fiction, but our own contemporary fact which exemplifies our self-destructive nature. Through the journey of witnessing a different character's perspective in each act, our king comes to the realisation that he is not only the walls which he has built, but the walls that have been destroyed by his own hand and command."
Clothing Line...fabulous...I know where to get my next hoodie!
His woodblock prints and collage works rock but I really dig his illustrations the best!
more body printing goodness...oh yes, sequins and bones!!!