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Lawrence Rothman: interview & Qobuz session

By David Servant |

We met up with this fascinating pop dandy for the release of "The Book Of Law", his first Qobuzissime album. And here's the cherry on top: he performs live "Wolves Still Cry", exclusively for Qobuz!

In the latest edition of the hipster series, Lawrence Rothman seems to be the world champion. An androgynous face (and voice) made for the glossy pages of fashion magazines, a passion for the noteworthy transformations in Cindy Sherman’s photography (Rothman changes his look with every clip!) and packed full with friends who came to lend a helping hand (Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, Angel Olsen, Marissa Nadler, Duff McKagan from Guns’N’Roses, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, Tom Krell a.k.a. How To Dress Well, the bassist Pino Palladino, Kristin Kontrol from Dum Dum Girls…the list goes on!). To our ears, Rothman sounds like the dandy soul/R&B from the 80s. Talk Talk often comes to mind, as well as David Bowie, Depeche Mode or sometimes Prince and, a little closer to home, Ariel Pink and How To Dress Well.

But under the glitzy varnish, The Book Of Law holds songs with staggering melodies. Some compositions bring a rather cathartic style of writing with which Rothman displays his personal quest for an identity that he defines as non-binary (gender queer). This Californian, who was born in Los Angeles 35 years ago and who claims to love Charles Bukowski just as much as R. Kelly and Tupac Shakur as much as Leonard Cohen, has assured that The Book Of Law is one of the most moving albums of 2017. A highly refined Qobuzissime.

In this interview Lawrence Rothman tells us about the genesis of his album, his career, his influences and his nine faces, (or his nine "alters", as he calls them). As a bonus, an exclusive live session from his single Wolves Still Cry for Qobuz!

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