Playground I What's your game
As a composer, singer song-writer and as a music producer Firouz FarmanFarmaian's output has been constant since the founding of art-rock Paris duo PLAYGROUND with guitarist-composer-producer Dino Trifunovic in 2002. Catching on the 2000's Club Rock scene PLAYGROUND signed on reference French indie label Catalogue - Le Village Vert ( Telepopmusik, Sporto Kantes, Autour de Lucie ) in 2003. The label released a first promo 12' Hurt, followed by debut single 1994 in 2004. Both artworks are signed by the artist.
Critical acclaim for 1994 made way for release of debut album WHATS YOUR GAME recorded analog by Daniel Presley ( GoldFrapp, Faith No More, The Breeders ) at the Paris Gang studios. Album was completed and mixed at Depeche Mode's London Bedroom studios by Dimitri Tikovoï ( Placebo, Marianne Faithfull, Blondie ).
PLAYGROUND met with national success touring France with the Inrockuptibles magazine, opening for acts such as The Datsuns at Elysée Montmartre or Morphine at Nouveau Casino. In London they went to share stage with Interpol at the Notting Hill Arts Club crowning WHATS YOUR GAME tour in NYC playing the CMJ Festival.
1994 video directed by Christophe Navarre ( Mirweis ).
Playground I Livin' on a weak end
In 2007-2008 Village Vert Records gradually closed down due to the Meltdown. The Playground Project survived ramifying into various international collaborative experiments. Creating an in-house label in London - StarLabRex - developping collabs with NYC electroclash duo StreetLab, with electro-pop English musician-producer Session Leopard and with Milanese electronic musician Vincent Vargas. These explorations into electro-rock combinations gave birth to the LIVIN ON A WEAK END REMIX EP. The single was released on StarLabRex in 2008 followed by Paris Club shows and a Scandinavian mini-tour integrating Vincent Vargas on decks. The single did not take off, but the experiment paved the way for the next album.
Livin on a Weak End video directed by Italian photographer-painter Claudio Cassano.
Livin on a Weak End on NRJ TV Featuring Vincent Vargas
Playground I Lost Album
Livin on a Weak End was originally part of a set of dense raw and funky rocknroll tunes PLAYGROUND had been creating while touring. Material to become their second album on Le Village Vert. The upending of the label left most of these songs unreleased. Versions recorded in their Parisian studio ( 2006-2008 ) are here compiled under the Lost Album alongside some acoustic demos and bootlegs.