Big Sir, the Los Angeles-based project of vocalist Lisa Papineau (M83, Air) and The Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete, will release their third album, Before Gardens After Gardens, in February. The two composers articulate, electronic-tinged blend of R&B, jazz, and hip-hop falls somewhere between Papineaus acoustic solo work and Alderetes forays into prog-rock as part of The Mars Volta.
Before Gardens After Gardens first single Ready on the Line spikes Papineaus exquisitely harmonized Bjorkian voice with whistles, chimes, and mechanical claps. The subtle background heartbeats, reminiscent of Timbaland’s early work with Aaliyah, anchor the buoyant track, which otherwise threatens to float away on Papineaus upper range, especially when she screams, Get so high! Stream it below.
Before Gardens After Gardens is out February 7th on Rodriguez Lopez Productions. The album also features contributions by The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Le Butcherettes bassist Jonathan Hischke, and Beastie Boys producer “Money” Mark Ramos-Nishita.