From 2006 to 2010 Flip Grater released three albums from Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2013, the mid-thirties had the idea to go to Paris at random in order to search for comrades-in-arms to record her fourth record. Via crowdfunding, she collected a few thousand dollars. The result is now available and named after the studio where the recordings took place. "Pigalle" has become a melancholic album. Together with her warm, mysterious voice, this mood is the stuff that holds the eleven new pieces together. While the opener "The Quit" is still regarded as a sparsely instrumented country song, the two richly arranged, darkly indulging "Teufels" songs "Diggin' For The Devil" and "To The Devil" remind us of Black Heart Procession or Sixteen Horsepower. They are joined by chansoneske ("The Smell Of Strangers") and more experimental songs like "Exit Sign", Tom Waits inspired "Hide And Seek" as well as the bizarre "My Only Doll" and some introverted folk songs. Worth hearing.
Top track: To The Devil