is the solo project of Pierre Laplace, a French musician who also was the voice of cult band Vera Clouzot
for 10 years.
In 2001, while he was still working with Vera Clouzot, and singing in French for the band, Pierre started writing songs in English for himself; this gave him the opportunity to express himself in both languages, and was in some way a "back-to-where-I-belong" kind of thing : using his acoustic guitar as a basis for the songs and singing in English again, Pierre expressed his love of "songwriting" as it was, or is, practised by the likes of Nick Drake
, Tim Buckley
, Townes Van Zandt
, Mark Kozelek
, Will Oldham
or Mark Eitzel
, to name but a few.
In October 2001, Pierre started working on a first solo album, "Haunted". Basic tracks were recorded at Studio KA in Faches-Thumesnil; then additional instruments were recorded at Jean-Bernard Hoste‚??s home studio in Lille. Jean-Bernard (aka Jan St√©ho) produced and mixed the album.
"Haunted" contains 11 tracks of folk/pop/country songwriting, with the odd touch of jazz, rock and electro here and there. Various friends and musicians play on the record : Nicolas Fahy (member of Vera Clouzot) on the cello, Julien Biget on the banjo, Mr Pher on trumpet, and Norwegian friend Reidun Mork for a duet on "Drag On". Jean-Bernard Hoste played several instruments, did some programming, and helped out with the samples.
Since 2001, Kenyon has played in various French venues, doing support slots with Joseph Arthur
(Grand Mix, Tourcoing), Johan Asherton
(Biplan, Lille, and 4 Ecluses, Dunkerque), Zop Hopop
(Cave aux Po√®tes, Roubaix), and Minor Majority
+ Azure Ray
(Guinguette Pirate, Paris).