Winter Wedding Party - Lying On The Grass by chedda yo! published on 2013-08-08T09:04:13Z Winter Wedding Party is the combination of Hallie Pritts and Jules Etienne and 10 days spent in the Wedding neighborhood of Berlin. Electronic Folk Pop? Lo-fi Lite Rock? Italo-Disco? French Pop? Uh huh. An American girl. A French expat in Germany. Two musicians recording in Berlin, holed up in a third floor studio in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Wedding. Thoughts begun in English and slide into French. Songs begun in Pittsburgh are finished in Berlin. Winter Wedding Party begins with a furious period of creation - Hallie Pritts spends 30 days writing songs in her Pittsburgh apartment, flies to Berlin with, quite literally, only an address of a coffee shop scribbled in a notebook. Jules Etienne retrieves her and together they spend 10 days recording her songs and writing new ones. He says: What if we made an Italo-Disco track? She says: Why not? And they stay up all night, him laying rhythm tracks, her playing synths. She scribbles the lyrics out in twenty minutes. A friend of Jules drops by to play keys. Jules' wife Nathalie concocts delicious culinary creations. It is a beautiful time. And it's a beautiful album. But it's also got a sense of humor - irreverent synth bursts and boppy bits Cyndi Lauper would approve of populate each song. A dance track replete with hand claps goes straight for the jugular with surprisingly vicious (yet understated, always understated) lyrics. An inspired cover of the funny/sultry “Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas” made famous in the 1960s by Brigitte Bardot bypasses femme-fatale and gives us tongue-in-cheek sexy librarian. But like everything else in Hallie Pritts's repertoire, an undercurrent of fragile bitter-sweetness is in evidence. And Jules Etienne brings his untouchable sense of hipness and a certain French cool that sets this album apart from its all-American counterparts. Both parties share a fondness for the subtly weird which shows itself through in vocoder-style backing vocals, spectral falsetto, and analogue noise. So how did this pairing come about? This boy meets this girl in a picturesque German mountain town when they are just barely out of their teens. At this time, boy is a DJ. Girl plays quiet guitars. Boy and girl are not in love. They are friends listening to vinyl in small apartments overlooking medieval courtyards. Both foreigners in a foreign land. She returns to the US. He stays in Germany. Moves to Berlin. Jules Etienne produces a string of albums - everything from underground Italian disco to avant-garde projects with Japanese pop stars to achingly pretty folk pop. Hallie Pritts goes home to Pittsburgh and spends years making well-regarded eerie country records. They write sporadic emails. Have you heard this? Do you know this? What do you think of this new recording of mine? We should really make something together... And, finally, they do. Ten Days. Nine songs. The product of three countries. Two languages. One album. Winter Wedding Party.