Patti Smith‘s newest project sees her diving deep into spoken word poetry as she explores the work of influential French poets in collaboration with Soundwork Collective. For The Perfect Vision, a triptych of albums, Smith and Soundwork Collective, an experimental sound outfit led by Stephan Crasneanscki and Simone Merli, have teamed up to record their own interpretations of the poets’ work. Smith and Soundwork first worked together on the album Killer Road in 2016.
The Perfect Vision focuses on the work of 18th and 19th century French poets Antonin Artaud, Arthur Rimbaud and René Daumal and their lives of travel. Each poet’s travels informed their work with new perspectives, and by revisiting their works, Smith and Soundwork Collective are retracing their steps to experience what they would have seen, heard and felt. Continue reading →