Allen Cote

lipstick detox

Lyric Advisory Board is pleased, proud, and slightly piqued to present lipstick detox - the second in a series of alternative therapy sessions by Allen Coté and John Shepley Frater, with even more inspired artwork by Karen Gorecki. Cobbled together from a handful of informal living room jams over the past few months, and recorded live with minimal overdubs, this catharsis represents a slightly more accessible but no less esoteric step forward from the previous release, while maintaining the same spirit of improvisation and pure expression.

An examination of love, loss, longing and learning to let go, these songs explore the edges of Americana, bordering on something the late, great Hunter S. Thompson might term "bat country." There are interpretations of classics by John Prine, Lyle Lovett and John Callahan; new labors of love by Allen; and some spontaneous outpourings composed on the spot. This time around we've even got some fiery fiddle by our old friend John Patek, and some lovely lilts by our young friend Kate Marnul. 

We've got a lot more in the can, but we can't promise it will ever see the light of day, so don't sleep on this one. I can't in good conscience say it's the best thing I've ever done, but it's definitely the most honest, and I don't know that I'll ever be able to be this vulnerable again. If you've ever wanted to hear someone literally choking back tears while attempting a vibrato at the bottom of their vocal range, well ... here's your chance.

lipstick detox was arranged, performed and produced by Allen Coté, John Shepley Frater, John Patek and Kate Marnul; mixed and mastered by Allen Coté; and released by Dézòd Rèkòd.