Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday

Fragrance of the Moment: Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque--what else?? It's all I've worn all week (and I also went through a couple of no scent days...weird). I'm practically addicted! Why isn't this perfume available for purchase in the US? I need to book a gig in Paris just so I could buy a bottle.

I'm not without new curiosities, though. I'm suddenly craving Michael Kors and I'd love to finally try Demeter Thunderstorm after so many people told me this is the scent that smells like how I describe my music.

Our superhuman bassist came over yesterday for rehearsal and we are very pleased with the way we're sounding. Next week, I'll unveil the lineup--stay tuned.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Dreamboy Rocks: John Paul Roney

I'm listening to Indie Acoustic Pop Rock artist John Paul Roney "Morning Eyes" and "Atlantic", two new favorite songs by a stunningly talented singer-songwriter hailing from Madison, Wisconsin. These tender, moving, intimate songs are beautifully performed by the young rising star with the voice of an angel and the soul of a troubadour. Listen to him rock out on "Sex at Six" and "London Rain", and be prepared to feel your heart flutter.

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Slightly Dropped Midrange

Baklava! The person on the perfume forum who compared Fumerie Turque to the taste of Baklava was absolutely right on. I happen to love Baklava; it's one of the few desserts I appreciate even though it's not straight up vanilla, custard or pound cake. I'm weird that way, yes--I usually don't care for busy flavors like fruits, syrups and nuts with my cakes and custards (even chocolate can ruin an otherwise perfect custard or cake for me sometimes) but Baklava with its intensely sweet, syrupy, nutty, flaky yet dense quality is irresistible.

I think most of my favorite perfumes are right there in the same olfactive range which I would call slightly dropped midrange with high-pitched notes and low-pitched (and dry) base notes boosted up. I like rich sweetness in the heart notes for sure: think white florals and mellow fruits such as peach and you're in my taste. I also love vanilla, of course, and I like it sweet. All of my top faves such as Fumerie Turque, Songes and even my own Pink Manhattan PURRFUME are in that range, a revelation I find fascinating (because I like to overanalyze my own taste as you may have noticed).

Here's another thought: maybe my taste in music is very closely related to my olfactive taste. I can honestly say that I like timbres that are both rich and bright, a sound that "cuts", and music that feels like I'm being carried on an undulating, powerful body of water. It also has to have softness, warmth and underlying depth for me to really love it, and a sultry heart of beautiful chord changes would win me over forever. That depth I crave could come from many sources such as the voice or the chordal instrument's timbre; the guitar (which I can't play) is my favorite followed by piano (which I pretend to play) or the chord changes themselves (good ones make me swoon)--these are probably the most important aspects of what I tend to love in music. The rhythms are important to me, too, and particularly the upbeat breathes life and moves me (intellectually and physically as I feel syncopation and polyrhythm in my body's center), therefore I love it.

Back to Baklava: Why do I like it so much? I do like caramel and there's a caramelly, honeylike syrupiness in a typical Baklava, so maybe this is what lures me. How would I descrbe the taste of caramel? It's sticky sweet, rich, warm, sultry and creamy. One of my favorite candies happens to be Werther's if anyone's familiar with that. Is it my imagination or would I describe white florals in a similar way? You bet I would, except I'd switch the word "sticky" with "fleshy". What is it about Fumerie Turque that fits into this pitch range? Ah...the honey. See? I can be consistent. It's funny how the richness of the low-pitched bottom is tactile to me in so many forms. It's also funny how I seek what only seems tactile in nonphysical form.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Fumerie Turque

Fragrance of the Moment: Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque. Oh, how I love it. Hands down, this is my favorite perfume right now (right up there with Songes) and my favorite Serge Lutens to date. Someone called its scent "sweet gun powder" and sure enough, it smells a little wicked like that. I can smell the tobacco in it now. I also realized today that it smells similar to Versace White Jeans only Fumerie Turque is softer and less heady. It even vaguely reminds me of Caron Tabac Blond because it's a dry, leathery, powdery and unflowery scent like that, except Fumerie Turque is even lighter on the florals (to my nose) and much airier though it is sweeter overall. I'd say it's borderline syrupy but it really isn't at all--it's too dry to be syrupy although I will say it has a Gourmand feel. I don't know why this powdery scent works for me but it has something to do with how sweet it is.

I've been told that this perfume smells like Chanel No.5 on me, which I find interesting because No.5 is lovely but way too powdery for me, yet Fumerie Turque which is probably just as powdery doesn't register as such. Like No.5, Fumerie Turque has a refined type of powderiness, except something about it still smells oddly cold to me. How could something contradict itself so much by being heavy, airy, sweet, spicy, smoky, dry, hot and cold, reserved yet have so much presence at once? It endlessly fascinates me. (Image: Tokyoartbeat.com)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Hunt For the Holy Grail


I'm in love with Annick Goutal Songes (French for "dreams"). This one might be it, folks. It's all I've been wearing ever since I bought a small decant on eBay and I'm getting ready to willingly forsake all others. When I first tested the EDP and EDT versions, I thought the EDP was too soft and musky-animalic and opted for the crisper EDT; however, now that I'm getting deeper into this relationship (and getting more used to it), I'm not as sensitive to the animalic aspect. In fact, now I want more from it than it gives (especially in terms of staying power), so I'm contemplating the EDP. I think the EDP starts out smelling fruitier in a low-pitched way, like pineapple or pikake which unfortunately reminds me of bananas, whereas the EDT sans fruit (to my nose) is greener and more floral than fruity-powdery-vanillic warm. I almost smell coconut in the EDP, which I don't mind as long as it's very subtle. The EDT just doesn't last on me, and I love it so much, I need it to last longer than a couple of hours.

The EDP has much better staying power and the drydown stage smells less fruity-sweet and more like the EDT in all its tropical floral sultriness. I hope I'm not just rationalizing an EDP purchase because I don't want to buy it and then discover that I couldn't live with the banana-like mushy-syrupy factor. Either way, Songes is wonderfully musky-sweet, a romantic, elegant fragrance that has all the beachiness I crave and even though the incense-vanilla-vetiver base is warm and soft, it has none of the musty forest earthiness that vetiver turns me off with. The quality of this perfume is top notch and now, after a couple of weeks of wearing it pretty much exclusively, I can finally smell the frangipani (plumeria) in it under all of the musky jasmine. Songes is the holy grail plumeria that I have sought for all of my life. Songes makes me deliriously happy in an inexplicable way, like I've simultaneously come home and gone off on a fantastic journey, as if all time stopped when I fell in love.

So...to EDP or not. Does it ever work out in the end if you grew into love instead of it being love at first smell? Maybe I should stick to the EDT and reapply it every hour or so. You don't think anyone around me would mind if I bathed in it, do you? Maybe I should sell every perfume I have and buy both EDT and EDP--now there's a temptation!

Now Smell This blog said..."Songes is the latest fragrance release from the house of Annick Goutal. It was created by Camille Goutal in collaboration with perfumer Isabelle Doyen, and was said to have been inspired by the scent of frangipani flowers at sunset on the island of Mauritius. The notes are frangipani, tiare, jasmine notes, incense, vanilla, copahu balm, pepper, ylang-ylang absolute, vetiver, sandalwood, amber and styrax."

(Images from Annick Goutal (www.annickgoutal.nl))

Sali Oguri #1 On Modern Rock Chart

This was totally unexpected: Fred Kimmel "Namida No View Finder" (Sumio Sone/ Fred Kimmel/ Sali Oguri) has reached #1 on Broadjam's Modern Rock Top 10 chart!! Click here to listen (Chart moves in real time and standings are bound to change).

God bless Broadjam. I had no idea there could be so many nationwide/ worldwide supporters of this song in Japanese! Thank you so much for putting us up there this week.