WORLD ON MY PLATES
ANOTHER MUSIC from a
different kitsching. This six track mini
LP on Belgiums Crammed Discs (I
hereby express my disgust at the lack of
vision and general dullness of the UK
labels who refused her) contains songs
penned by Roy Orbison, Nick Lowe, lan
Kane and others. Musical backings are
kept to a minimum: mistily-tinkled piano
keys, occasional snaking columns of cello
and a bit of fake jazzy sax.
is French and continues to exercise her
almost petulant, devil-may-care abuse of
bland English vowel sounds. It is this
foreign larynx wrapping itself around,
and warbling through, these songs that
gives rise to the common 'torch singer'
Hermine's beam is a Woolworths
orange plastic job running on penlight
batteries and not designed to illuminate
a schmaltzy stroll down lovers lane.
quietly dazzling ability is to tread
excruciatingly close to cabaret novelty
yet shed light on the
within these songs (chosen for weirdly
mangled reasons of liking and loathing),
juggle with accepted listener
expectations and subtly dislodge the
familiar into the realms of the quite
vinyl succeeds in capturing the humorous
but strangely unsettling talent of
Hermine which she displays live where her
two singles, 'Torture' and 'TV Lovers',
despite being likeable oddities, failed.
songs allow time to savour and soak in
the Hermine experience. In place of her
intriguing, revealing, peel-off costumes
she dresses this waxing's sleeve notes in
the polka dot folds of her dress.
cover pic finds her loading records into
a dish washer; the cardboard itself has a
tangible lumpy texture, like running your
fingers over little congealed blobs of
is having a laugh and a say and offering
you her world... on a plate.
digest it is up to you.