When I was little I discovered that the only
people having fun in the world were the people on record covers" says Lida Husik.
"I wanted to run around with the Beatles but I thought I should change my name
to Linda Hughes or Penny Lane or something." The name has stuck, but the music
has taken many turns, from post-punk grunge to psychedelic pop to electronica
and back again. On the seven records that preceded "Faith in Space", her songs
overflow with pop-smarts and head-filling rhythms. Husik's songwriting craft
has been mastered over eight years of recording, beginning with the seminal
New York indie label, Shimmy Disc Records, home of Ann Magnuson's Bongwater.
There she completed three albums("Bozo", 1991, "Your Bag", 1992, and "Red Emma",
1993) with about four days allowed in the studio for each. The only instrument
she didn't play was drums, getting help from Bongwater's David Licht and Brit
pal Jamie Harley.
By 1994, Husik was signed to a joint deal
with both Caroline Records, and it's electronic imprint, Astralwerks, famous
for breaking such electronic acts as The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Gearwhore,
m -ziq and various AMP Dance Compilations. For Caroline, she teamed up with
Charles Steck and "the Rummager" (the original rhythm section behind Don Fleming's
Velvet Monkeys and Gumball) and released "Joyride", a critically acclaimed album
featuring eloquent, subtle lyrics sung in the somnolent tones that have become
her trademark. Then, just as the first wave of female singer- songwriters behind
her threatened to swallow her up into a funnel of estrogen, enter one Beaumont
"Up there with Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert, and
m -ziq, he has been one of the most influential technicians in the British electronic
underground" (Trance Europe Express). As half of the team known as Outcast Productions,
he remixed Bjork's "Hyperballad" and played live with her at the Phoenix festival
and on "Top of the Pops" in England. Aside from his remix work, Hannant has
released three full-length solo records on General Production Recordings, and
a full-length album with Outcast Productions on One Little Indian Records, U.K.
In an interview in "Select" magazine, Hannant was asked what vocalist he'd like
to work with, and he replied, "Lida Husik". Within the year the two had paired
up in York, England to record three tracks for his full-length, "Sculptured",
and a cooperatively released five-song E.P. entitled "An Evening at the Grange"
for Astralwerks in 1994. The collaboration was ideal. Husik had been using samples
and hip-hop beats as far back as "Bozo", and her smooth vocal harmonies and
lush guitar blended beautifully with Hannant's electronic soundscapes.
They teamed up once again for a full-length
album called "Green Blue Fire", releases on Astralwerks in 1996. Parts trip-hop,
ambient, and break-beat, "the result is a warm, accessible album, free of the
chilliness traditionally associated with electronica; shimmery layers of ethereal
sound laced with Husik's intimate vocals which dip and soar according to the
song's mood." (Rolling Stone)
In 1997, Lida moved from New York City to
Los Angeles, California. Signed to Alias Records in L.A., Lida decided to forego
another East Coast winter. She teamed up with Steck and the Rummager again for
1997's "Fly Stereophonic", a hook-laden album of "altered-consciousness pop"
(Entertainment Weekly), but decided not to tour the record in favor of getting
back to the studio. The latest incarnation, "Faith in Space" was recorded at
her home in Silverlake, CA. The album features Beaumont's deep, soulful beats
and samples and Lida's guitars, bass and vocals. Faster than their previous
work and encompassing trance, dance, and trip-hop, the album standouts in its
blend of songwriting and electronic production by two artists whose credibility
in both genres is unmatched.
1. Cactus Garden Days
4. Trash Out Tonight
5. Glo Stick
6. State Of The Empire
8. Choco Deluxe
9. We Saw
10. The Slide
11. Hidden Track Angel Beats