Born Funky Born Free

by Lo Carmen

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about

Loene Carmen’s solo debut, the psychedelic bedroom recorded opus Born Funky Born Free, reflects her love of Funkadelic, Sly and Robbie style dub, old school country music and is in part a homage to legendary 70’s nasty gal Betty Davis.
Loene recorded the album, programmed the beats on her father’s ancient drum machine and played most of the instruments.
Also featuring Simon Day (RatCat), James Cruickshank (Cruel Sea), Cathy Green (X) and the mysterious Kristyna.


“... like a femme-fatale fronted Hendrix/Velvet Underground freaky reggae dub party!” (Revolver)

“...a sensual, lo-fi trance inducing record that tacks together everything from funk and soul, blues, rock and psychedelia to dub and beats.. .it is Carmen’s show and she creates a sweaty, slithering sound” (The Age)

“This solo album is witness to Loene's distinctive talent...like nuthin’ you’ve ever heard before” (Drum Media)

“Slow, sultry and mesmerising...Lee Perry would be proud” (Inpress)

credits

released January 3, 2002

All songs performed and recorded by Loene Carmen with additional recording by Cathy Green.
James Cruickshank - gtr on 'Born Funky', keys on 'Girl You Feel..'
Simon Day - gtr on 'My Friends Call Me Foxy'
Cathy Green - bass/bvs on 'Rock On', 'Half Girl Half Beast' and 'Drag The River'
Kristyna - gtr on 'White Wine & Cigarettes'
Mixed by Chris Townend with Loene Carmen at Big Jesus Burger Studios, Darlinghurst, Australia
Mastered by Chris Townend

Cover photo by Monica McMahon
Inside photo by Juliet John

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Lo Carmen Los Angeles, California

Australian songstress Lo Carmen inhabits ‘an intangible, magical, rarefied space, somewhere between Tom Waits and Dolly Parton’ ... "It’s always been about the voice...beauty and danger, knowing and innocence, sex and longing, and love... torch blues, gothic country, with occasional outbreaks of smoky nightclub... She sings it, you believe her. And that’s enough." (Drum Media) ... more

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