Jacques Labouchere

 

Tuesday 9th November 2010
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They say great art reflects life and Jacques Labouchere's new album is no exception - the formerly homeless bi-polar new-father-of-one's collection of songs is firmly rooted in his own personal experience. Born in Sharon, Connecticut, Jacques began playing ukulele and guitar before hitting double digits. He was already playing bass in local bands at the age of 15 when he was kicked out of school after being ratted on by Donald Trump's son for boozing in the school yard. Abandoning the USA for London in his late teens, Jacques spent a few years squatting in Brixton, experimenting with "psychedelics and music" and busking on the streets. To quote Charles Dickens, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...", as a mental breakdown led him back to his family in the US – and revealed a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.

Whatever - Jacques' hunger for adventure saw him resume his journey despite his condition: Connecticut, Boston and Washington DC were all temporary homes until, chasing love across continents, the musician finally ended up in Gothenburg, Sweden.

When the relationship faded, Jacques found himself homeless - couch surfing on good days - but all the while busking for coins. Pretty much alone in a foreign country, it was his unique voice and way with a tune that proved to be his salvation: local Gothenberg musicians and artists welcomed his talent and, after making friends and making a living with his music, Jacques eventually settled down to make Sweden his home.

"Göteborg is the home I have always been looking for", says Jacques. "Everyone you meet here is so supportive of one another."

Spurred on by his new life in a new country, a new love and a new baby daughter, Jacques has woven the ups and downs of his life into the very fabric of Bi-polar Baby Strollers. "My songs are about love, loss, loneliness, togetherness, family (daughter, sisters, friends), and the bi-polar disorder, which I have suffered or prospered (depends how you look at it) from since the age of 20", he continues. The organic sound of Bi-polar Baby Strollers echoes the street performances that were ultimately the making of his talent – an acoustic guitar and a strong voice – but it's only when Jacques comes together with his band of collaborators that we clearly hear the influences behind the songs – Donovan, George Harrison, The Band, Dylan, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Wilco, The Magic Numbers and Ryan Adams are all in there somewhere. At times joyous, at times a passionate plea, Bi-polar Baby Strollers is an honest, vulnerable and emotional mirror to Jacques' personal, Wildean journey. Listen, engage, enjoy.

They say great art reflects life and Jacques Labouchere's new album is no exception - the formerly homeless bi-polar new-father-of-one's collection of songs is firmly rooted in his own personal experience. Born in Sharon, Connecticut, Jacques began playing ukulele and guitar before hitting double digits. He was already playing bass in local bands at the age of 15 when he was kicked out of school after being ratted on by Donald Trump's son for boozing in the school yard. Abandoning the USA for London in his late teens, Jacques spent a few years squatting in Brixton, experimenting with "psychedelics and music" and busking on the streets. To quote Charles Dickens, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...", as a mental breakdown led him back to his family in the US – and revealed a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.

Whatever - Jacques' hunger for adventure saw him resume his journey despite his condition: Connecticut, Boston and Washington DC were all temporary homes until, chasing love across continents, the musician finally ended up in Gothenburg, Sweden.

When the relationship faded, Jacques found himself homeless - couch surfing on good days - but all the while busking for coins. Pretty much alone in a foreign country, it was his unique voice and way with a tune that proved to be his salvation: local Gothenberg musicians and artists welcomed his talent and, after making friends and making a living with his music, Jacques eventually settled down to make Sweden his home.

"Göteborg is the home I have always been looking for", says Jacques. "Everyone you meet here is so supportive of one another."

Spurred on by his new life in a new country, a new love and a new baby daughter, Jacques has woven the ups and downs of his life into the very fabric of Bi-polar Baby Strollers. "My songs are about love, loss, loneliness, togetherness, family (daughter, sisters, friends), and the bi-polar disorder, which I have suffered or prospered (depends how you look at it) from since the age of 20", he continues. The organic sound of Bi-polar Baby Strollers echoes the street performances that were ultimately the making of his talent – an acoustic guitar and a strong voice – but it's only when Jacques comes together with his band of collaborators that we clearly hear the influences behind the songs – Donovan, George Harrison, The Band, Dylan, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Wilco, The Magic Numbers and Ryan Adams are all in there somewhere. At times joyous, at times a passionate plea, Bi-polar Baby Strollers is an honest, vulnerable and emotional mirror to Jacques' personal, Wildean journey. Listen, engage, enjoy.

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