Devil I Know
- Format: CD
Mercymachine's fourth recording is quieter and more introspective than previous efforts, the instrumentation stripped down to a Telecaster, two cellos, double bass, piano, and vocals. 'The Devil I Know' is about sin and redemption, but mainly sin...the spirit of the project was inspired by a profligate priest, a man prone to fistfights and heavy drinking. May god have mercy on his beautiful soul. Jazno Francoeur mans the helm on vocals and guitar, Paul Fluery and Dan Cermeno once again lend their trademark strings, India Turner contributes additional guitar, and pianists John Wagner and Ed Krout round out the ensemble. 'The Devil I Know' was produced in Orlando by Jazno and John Wagner. John also engineered and mixed the project at Here Kitty Kitty Studios; additional songs were engineered and mixed by Mark Mason at Phat Planet Studios, then mastered by Grammy-award winner Bob Katz at Digital Domain. Mercymachine formed in 1994 then released their debut album in 1997. Their sophomore effort, 'In Your Bed,' was released in 2002, and then remixed by a handful of prominent electronica artists in 2003. They have had numerous record campaigns in CMJ, AAA, and club markets, from the East coast to the west, from the deep south to Canada, and have received airplay on NPR. Mercymachine is on the Magnatune label. 'Mercymachine's new album has a concept about a man lost to drink and despair, but despite this it's a seductive record. Jazno Francoeur who fronts the band sings compellingly and has penned his songs well. Opener '30 years' is reminiscent of Red House Painters in it's quiet intensity. 'I need a new Jesus' sees the protagonist struggling with his faith and Francoeur paints his pain in strong colors. The orchestration is deft. The title song is a moving soft hush. It's description of spiritual torment is both bleak and believable. Leonard Cohen's 'Winter Lady' appears in a lovely version. It's a good choice of a song. The album approaches it's themes in a Cohen-like fashion after all. And it succeeds in being a strong work of art.' --Copyright © 2006 Anna Maria Stjärnell, Lunakafe.com 'Darkly confessional and intimate, The Devil I Know delves into the issues of the no-longer-young years in which affectations have become habits, youthful skepticim has hardened into jaded cynicism, and the prospect of romantic love starts to seem so complicated as to be nearly impossible. Jazno Francoeur and India Turner's quietly poignant songs are structured as loose recitations with subtle harmonies and a plaintively beautiful cello backdrop. Recommended tracks include 'The Devil I Know' and 'Orlando.' --2006, Magnatune.