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Optimist In Black Out Now

  1 Take Out What Didn’t Happen

  2 Fatal Flaw

  3 Make Up

  4 Hitch Hiking

  5 Marionettes

  6 Subtle Hand of Fate

  7 Optimist In Black

  8 Magic Tea

  9 Joke

10 The Long Now

11 Old School

12 Evening In Space

13 No Nirvana of Cooldom

14 No Armageddon

Daphne Guinness - Marionettes

Daphne Guinness has confirmed release details for her debut album, Optimist In Black, due out via Agent Anonyme/Absolute on May 27 2016. The album was produced by the great Tony Visconti, in sessions recorded at New York’s fêted Avatar Studios (formerly the Power Station), and is trailed by new track ‘The Long Now’. Daphne is also amongst the crop of cover artists selected by Lady Gaga for her guest edit of the current issue of V Magazine, alongside the likes of Alexander McQueen, Hedi Slimane, Karl Lagerfeld and Isabella Blow.

Optimist In Black- which shares its title with the album track referencing the bleak period following the suicides of her close friends McQueen and Blow- is a fascinating work, with Guinness, in elegantly commanding tones reminiscent of Nico, Grace Slick and Grace Jones, displaying a dark wit as she explores male vanity, the malleability of identity, and the effects of alienation and ennui. It's heavy with flavours of Sixties psychedelia and Seventies glam, reflecting Daphne's own lifelong loves. Her formative listening habits, as a teen, were anachronistic: “I've always been stuck in the Sixties. Jefferson Airplane, The Small Faces, as well as Robert Johnson and all the blues stuff, David Bowie, and on the top, The Doors.” The project began with a chance meeting with Irish producer Pat Donne, Daphne's main co-writer on the album, at the renowned Grouse Lodge studios near her County Westmeath home. The duo's original demos were then sent to Tony Visconti more in hope than expectation. “I was sick with nerves, emailing to him. He could have thought 'Oh, it's just this Guinness person.' But he heard me through, and he loved it.” Daphne and Pat decamped to join Visconti at Avatar Studios, where recording sessions took a deeply surreal turn when David Bowie appeared at the studio. His approval of the snippets he heard from Optimist In Black further mesmerised Daphne; “I feel so blessed that Tony believed in me,” Daphne says. “I thought I'd got an A* from the headmaster.”



Artist, Poet, Musician + Philanthropist

Daphne has worked across many mediums including music, photography, art and literature. Her support of new and undiscovered talent in fashion has been widely documented. She's been a fixture in the contemporary art world, an Oscar nominated film producer and a muse to so many creative people. There was always the music. The poetry that filled her notebooks throughout the years and the melodies she heard from within. Now, after working for many long hours with famed record producer Tony Visconti, Daphne has completed her first collection of songs, Optimist In Black.
"I began in music and I ended up there."

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