Mathias ‘Lena’ Delplanque’s adventure began in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), in 1973. Rocked by the sounds of disco, reggae, Zouk and Congolese rumba, he began his music studies (organ and piano) at a very young age. In an atypical way, his musical horizons open up radically: Tom Waits, Art of Noise, Public Enemy, Pierre Henry, Edgar Varèse, Stockhausen...His first compositions were born out of tape recorders, using makeshift overdubbing. His stumbling upon Fauklner’s writings, especially "Light in August" gave birth to Lena, an alias inspired by the wanderings of one character, Lena Grove. The debut album "Lane" (Quatermass QS132) came out in 2002 and featured a mix of deep digital dub, primitive art (Tom Waits), and something close to the German minimal techno-dub sound. Now, in 2004: "Floating Roots", Lena’s second opus. Strikes of melodies inherited from Scientist and Augustus Pablo spurt over more impressive rhythms (binary or wobbly). With the help of Black Sifichi and
Tablloyd, assuming the roles of MCs, Lena has transformed into a hi-fi sound system. At the crossroads of the various influences he has absorbed since his African childhood, Mathias Delplanque reinvents dub by crossing Lee Perry with Pole, giving life to a hybrid monster of sorts.
released October 19, 2004
Originally released on CD on Quatermass.
Written & Produced by Mathias Delplanque except track 10 produced by Daniel Meteo.
Vocals by MC Tablloyd (1, 2, 5, 6, 7) & Black Sifichi (3)
Mastered by John Sellekaers.
Artwork by Black Mountain.