Redboy's new project is an ambitious concept album, a musical drama telling the tragic tale of a young musician, talented but tortured, lost between dreams and reality (based on the life of Brian Wilson). This modern Pop Opera is the culmination of more than two years of relentless writing by the four multi-instrumentalists.
The musical universe includes fairy tale heroic pop, with orchestral arrangements (more than 30 instruments on some songs) evoking Mercury Rev and Bernard Herrmann (Hitchcock's soundtracks), the haunted melodies of Arcade Fire and Nick Cave set amongst a “surreal, haunted cabaret” not far from Tom Waits or Flaming Lips, similar to Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. Several guest musicians took part in the project, including Jonathan Donahue of MERCURY REV, Ralph Mulder of ALAMO RACE TRACK and Pall Jenkins of BLACK HEART PROCESSION and 3 MILE PILOT.
At the same time, MLCD is working with a film director (Bubble Duchesse) and a scenograph (Catherine Cosme) on a live performance of a kind of cool Opera Pop, with imitation of an American city of the 50's and projections on phosphorescent skycrapers, a production that is neither too big nor too intimate, fit to clubs and festivals of the international rock scene. The idea is to focus on a strong visual identity, including major concepts into every aspect of the album and shows, from the CD box and booklet to posters, T-shirts, and, this time... to the sets, costumes and live performances.
After 2 years of writing and recording in several studios, the 13-song album was recorded during one year in Amsterdam with famous producer Frans Hagenaars (Bettie Serveert, Alamo Race Track,...) and mixed between Dallas, Texas and Europe by John Congleton (Grammy nominated producer of Modest Mouse, St Vincent Polyphonic Spree, The Roots, Black Moutain,...) Raphael Wyndands and John Roo, and mastered by Simon Davey at The Exchange London. ,