Le Volume Courbe has shared a new video for her cover of Daniel Johnston’s ‘Mind Contorted’, featuring vocals from Terry Hall and guitar from Noel Gallagher. The song is taken from the Fourteen Years EP, which is released tomorrow (November 13) via Honest Jons Records.
“I chose to cover the song with Terry because we are both huge fans of Daniel Johnston,” explains Le Volume Courbe, aka French-born singer and producer Charlotte Courbe. “We first recorded it with Terry’s son Theodore and Kevin Shields in my flat in London in 2012. Earlier this year I decided to finally mix it and asked Kevin to re-do his guitar parts. He agreed, but Kevin being Kevin I didn’t want to wait a year, so I asked Noel if he didn’t mind stepping in. I asked him on Tuesday and he said, ‘OK. Friday, at 2 pm!’ Et voilà!”
Watch the video for ‘Mind Contorted’ – BELOW:
Fourteen Years is the first in a series of three EPs that will make up the third album by Le Volume Courbe, the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me.
The time since the last album has been full of highs and lows for Charlotte. In 2017 she joined Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, first contributing vocals to ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ and subsequently heading out on tour during which she famously played scissors. But last year she was diagnosed with cancer, and felt the urge to produce and release her own music because “it became like a vital thing”.
The originality of Charlotte’s music shares something with outsider art; naïve, primitive, primal, rather than following the standard rules. This new EP – self-produced and mixed by Charlotte with Brendan Lynch, with co-production by Shelley Parker – is no exception, it is a unique and compelling listen laced with surprises, subversions and a refreshing candour which sets it apart from anything else.
Charlotte was born and raised in France and moved to London in 1995. After 25 years in the capital, she escaped to Brighton just before lockdown. She was first signed to Alan McGee’s Poptones label in 2001 and her debut album I Killed My Best Friend was released in 2005. She has also worked with a number of other bands and musicians, including Kevin Shields, Grimm Grimm, The Television Personalities, Simon Raymonde and Piano Magic. Her song ‘Born To Lie’ was featured in Series 2 of Killing Eve, and Spotify recently selected her song ‘Rusty’ for their best of the ’00s compilation.