I met with Emmanuelle De Héricourt, aka EDH, and her band mates Elmapi (drums) and Karen “Renka” (keyboards) in the backyard of a Brooklyn pub for our chat about her new album, Yaviz, and her upcoming debut shows in New York. By the time we were on the last sip of a beer, we were all exchanging tips on music and where to go in our respective cities, Brooklyn and Paris.
Héricourt started creating music with her computer and a drum machine for her self at the time she was living in New York City, some twelve years ago, later self-releasing the tracks under the simple moniker “New York Tracks.” Since her stint in New York, music has been vital to her life.
Her latest darkly sensual electro/analog pop album, Yaviz, on the French label Lentonia Records (which Héricourt is also a part of), is a departure from her starker 2010 second solo album, Predature. To get into writing mode for Yaviz, she says, it took time “to have new ideas, new inspirations; you have to let time go between things to come up with them,” adding, “I wanted my electronic sound to be a bit more radical, more hard.” For her own projects, she does all her own mixing and production. Only the black art of mastering is worked on by an outside source.
Héricourt writes in English, “because I’m not born with it. I like the fact that I can’t speak so well so I can torture it. When you sing with your own language, it’s more personal. Also, with French singing,” she smiles, “it maybe goes in a direction I don’t want.”
Remaining North American EDH Tour Dates:
06/20 Montreal, PQ @ L’esco w/ Video Love
06/21 Toronto, ON @ The Embassy
06/23 New York, NY @ Pianos Lentonia Records Presents w/ Phoebe Jean, Video Love
06/25 New York, NY @ Standard Hotel w/ Phoebe Jean, Video Love