McKisko

McKisko

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
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Praised for her abstract lyricism, curious song structures, and entrancing live shows, McKisko’s first album ‘Glorio’ was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. She was invited to provide live accompaniment to the German Expressionist Film ‘Hintertreppe’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, and was awarded the Grant McLennan Fellowship for song writing, sending her to Berlin in 2010. She has shared the bill with Tiny Vipers, Juana Molina, Jose Gonzales and Bon Iver, among others.The last two years have

Biography

Fleeing the stillness of a rural Queensland Macadamia farm for Europe, a young Helen Franzmann spent four years in the UK and Spain. It was while on her overseas sojourn that her love for bands like Smog and Low came to the forefront, and she started messing around with a guitar and keyboard. Returning to London in 2007 (following a brief stint back home), Franzmann developed her McKisko persona and set out writing sparse and beautiful songs - one acoustic note at a time. Praised for her abstract lyricism, curious song structures, and entrancing live shows, her first album ‘Glorio’ was released in 2009 to national acclaim. She was invited to provide live accompaniment to the German Expressionist Film 'Hintertrippe' at the Gallery of Modern Art and was recognised for excellence in songwriting when awarded the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, sending her to Berlin in 2010. She has supported Tiny Vipers, Juana Molina, Jose Gonzales, Grand Salvo and Bon Iver, among others.
The last two years have seen her performing through Australia and Europe, most recently with drummer, Kurt Read.
Her second album is scheduled for release in October 2011.

"..her voice is so full of raw intensity that it packs a heart-rending punch. Even on the more uptempo songs there is a warped broodiness lurking just under the surface. This is a totally engaging and thoroughly exhilirating listen."
**** Sydney Morning Herald

"..gorgeous, minimalist tunes with fiery blood... there is a folk-ish temper to her music, but McKisko is more glorious and wilful than the word allows. Amazing."
Beat

"Glorio feels like the memory of distant childhood scars and cold Berlin winters. With her understanding of the weight of a measured delivery, it's no wonder this lass was chosen to support Bon Iver."
Yen Magazine

"Helen Franzmann has a tremendous voice, but it’s her musicality (she plays pretty much everything within her capabilities on this album) that really makes it a delight to listen to...I fall short of calling this a ‘classic’ because those observations are usually better made with the benefit of hindsight, but it comes pretty damn close."
Fasterlouder

Lyrics

A Difficult Crossing

Written By: Helen Franzmann

Oh the quiet
Swell I’m brimming
Prize me open
Pour me out
Dirty windows
Break the morning
On our bodies
On our bodies
Fifty certain
Whips are cracking
In the school yard
As you pass
And a stone sighs
“Why you got to
Why you got to
Move so fast?”

Oh the bird is
Held by hands large
But there are no arms
And there are no words
And the crossing
It’s not easy
The sea’s alive
The sky’s closed in
But I choose ocean
From a table
Under a hand
Safe on land
There the window
Stands between us
Too small for these
Clumsy hands

Three little steps
And we’re there now
Glory at the edge of dreams
Glory at the edge of dreams
Glory at the edge of dreams
Glory at the edge of dreams

The Hollow Boat

Written By: Helen Franzmann

There you sink into the floor
Take us with you red and raw
Holding on as feathers float
Morning light has locked us out

Lost you as the feathers float
Lost you as the walls they spoke
Lost you in the morning light
Lost and lured by fearful flight

You don’t want to cry
That’s when you do
Your salted secrets fall upon the ground

Weighted whispers warm my face
Soak me silly in your grace
And we as one we hold you close
Sorrow has us by the throat

You don’t want to run
That’s when you do
Your frenzied feet they fall upon the ground
Your frenzied feet they fall upon the ground
Oh.

Marcel

Written By: Helen Franzmann

Move for me Marcel, dance your fear away
We'll make sordid music let hesitation sway
For just this hour
For just this hour
No talk of sadness, in fluid we'll forget
No talk of sadness
I will drown in you
You in me
For just this hour
Pretend to be
All that we could want
We could need

Lie with me Marcel, let our lips collide
We'll make sordid music then in your arms I'll hide
For just this hour
For just this our
I will drown in you
You in me
For just this hour
Pretend to be
All that we could want
We could need

Run from me Marcel

How We Are

Written By: Helen Franzmann

Love do you ever wish to fly away
Holding all you cared to say
Is it any wonder
Is it anything
That your many wishes turn to nothing

And how we are beyond these walls
Many go to fight, many go to war
Is it any wonder
Is it anything
That their many wishes turn to nothing

Love do you ever wish to fly away

Discography

Glorio 2009 - Australian release of the week FBI, Feature Album - 2SER, Featured Artist RRR FM, Feature Album - Radio Adelaide.
Single - Baibaba Bimba - Soundcrane 2011