Leo88man appeared in January 2007 with a very singular and intriguing lo-fi record : « Million Silly Answers ». It was ranked among the best albums of the year by Les Inrockuptibles and pleased most of Folk Music addicts in the « Frog’s Land ».
Once the nickname solved (88man means pianist in old american slang) Leo worked closely with his guitar player Dudy Ruby and wiped off the scantiest meanings of Folk Music in France. They started to use a greater variety of instruments for the second LP. Resulting soft arrangements and lyrical focus, influenced by Bill Callahan’s latest work. Also featuring some special guests from free-jazz to pop-folk (Laetitia Sheriff, Tall Paul Grundy, Philippe Tessier). « Drownin’ By Waiting » sounds more like urban music in an « U.S East Cost way », but still bringing warmth, and cool sweetness of Lambchop or Giant Sand in the same time.
Unsigned until 2009, they joined Kythibong Records to bring out their third LP called « From Speaking Parts To Blazing Rows ». Leo(88man) specifies the artistic direction that he was always keen to defend. Melodically and lyrically he tends to eschew the verse-chorus approach favoured by many contemporary songwriters, preferring instead a more free-form approach relying less on melodic and lyrical repetition. Recorded after one year of tour, Leo invited some very special guests, featuring Chiara Locardi (L’Enfance Rouge), Pierre Marolleau (Fordamage) and The Abdou Sisters String Duet. Available on LP only, with acoustic tracks on the A side and electric tracks on the B side. Ten songs ranging from pure poetry to very natural pop music.
released February 14, 2010
LEO(88MAN) is Leo Prudhomme & André Rubeillon.
Guests : Pierre Marolleau, Jean-Michel Blecon, Tall Paul Grundy, Guillaume Donio, Tony Verloc, Sureya Abdou, Nahisa Abdou, Fabien Rocq, Chiara Locardi, Christian Pruvost
Recorded and mixed by Leo and Dudy at Palace Kitchen, Torce, France - July 2009
Pics by Catherine Duverger and Paul Barbissou
Artwork by Emmo Durp
Kythibong - 2010