LEAD by Carla Pallone (violin, piano, harmonium, vocals) and Julia Lanoë (vocals, guitar, piano, drums), Mansfield. TYA came out of Nantes in 2002. The band’s name, which refers to June Mansfield (Henry Miller’s wife, who was portrayed in the movie Henry & June), isn’t significant, but it manages to sound as mysterious as the music.
Mansfield. TYA translates in music the idea of ‘spleen’ – a kind of deep soul sadness as defined by the poet Baudelaire. Carla and Julia previously adapted the Frenchman’s poem The Murderer’s Wine’ (a.k.a. ‘Le Vin de L’Assassin’).
Mostly sung in French, but sometimes in English, the moody ballads of the duo contain a contagious, melancholic vibe, and deal with the end of the world. But listening to the universe of Mansfield. TYA is like taking action. Inspired by the late Jacques Cousteau, ‘Le monde du silence’ is a song taken from ‘Corpo Inferno’, their latest and (dare we say) best album to date.
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