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"Nous désorienter pour mieux nous ré-orienter, voilà le projet de cette musique savante autant que festive, dans le meilleur sens que peuvent prendre ces deux termes souvent ingrats. Car malgré ses progressions empruntées au jazz, l’intelligence de Zubberdust! échappe à l’intellectualisation, et au passage rend caduque l’étiquette « post-rock » qu’on serait trop rapidement tenté de lui accoler. Le rock instrumental des québécois relèverait plutôt de l’ « avant ». Avant la définition des genres..."

"'Zubberdust!' blasts off with whimsical punk-rock exuberance into a patchwork quilt of insistent interlocking grooves, fluorescent panels of synthesizer, and various could’ve-been aural hallucinations. Both hypnotic and jagged, the music of Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche transfixes with tunnel-vision repetition only to hurl the listener, sometimes suddenly and beguilingly, into a different musical space."

"This is lively, spiky jamming, perfect for rooftop parties and desert caravans...Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche offers an alternating series of catchy riffs and trance-like repetitions that build and burst in equal measure. The electronics add texture and drama, especially on the second side, which culminates in static waves crashing against jetties of cymbals. In concert, one can imagine these tracks being stretched from 20 minutes to 40; such is their power to distort time. (And how often does one say that a 20-minute piece should be longer?)"
A Closer Listen

"Zubberdust! begins with an incendiary blast of all-out group riffing, but the band's fluid, unabashedly danceable rhythmic abilities quickly emerge, as the first of the album's two near-side-long showpieces gets underway. Throughout, lithe guitar lines twist and snake around the relentlessly funky rhythms, with a wealth of additional electronic, synthesized textures and interventions and J.S. Truchy's largely wordless vocal calls, chants and choral arrangements adding to the heady mix. Two shorter sound-collage interludes, featuring the noise and chatter of a busy venue amongst the other recorded snippets, are perhaps a nod to the band's on-stage evolution, giving the album the feel of a live gig, befitting such a vibrantly alive debut from this welcome new group."
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Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in Montréal in 2011, with bassist, singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to fuel his desired return to the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was a stock-in-trade of his previous group, the pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am (one of Constellation's earliest bands, active from 1998-2005).

Avec le soleil initially formed with Truchy joined by guitarist/engineer Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan; a rotating cast of additional players contributed to the group throughout 2012-2013, and the band gained a local reputation for irresistible and levitational live sets combining a contemporary/avant-garde sensibility with infectiously angular, rubbery grooves. Guitarist Eric Gingras (Pas Chic Chic, Fly Pan Am) emerged as a fourth core member during this period.

Avec le soleil has by now careened towards mastery of a highly original, deeply
satisfying, giddy and heady avant-funk. Anchored by the excellent bass and drum work of Truchy and Hasan, the group's music is woven with crisp stuttering guitar and keyboard lines and a dynamic palette of electronic interventions. The pair of exquisite and exhilarating 20-minute pieces featured on Zubberdust! is the culmination of the group's first two years of conceptual and somatic development. (The pieces are subdivided into sections for CD and digital track IDs.)

This is (mostly) instrumental rock that exuberantly succeeds in blending a primitivist, hypnotic energy with cerebral pleasures, seeding an addictive trail of sonic brain-candy throughout the mixes. The band wholly embodies and channels its inimitable square grooves, while teasing out the innumerable joys of repetition via micro-deployments of ever-shifting electronic overlays – along with the occasional full-stop and 180 degree turn. Truchy's wordless lead vocals (and the choral arrangement on “Face à l'instant”) add compelling textural and melodic counterpoints while lending the music an especially timeless, deterritorialised and emotive dimension.

Radwan Moumneh's recording and production skills are on fine display; the album's sonic bedrock conveys all the assertiveness of the rhythm section's punk/hardcore roots, upon which a miasma of detailed intertwining elements circulate with clarity and cohesion. Zubberdust! comes in waves and pushes some serious air, while maintaining a meticulously upfront soundstage as the music moves supplely back and forth between simplicity/minimalism and complexity/maximalism.

We're thrilled to be releasing the debut album by Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche, sure to be a treat for Fly Pan Am fans (we know you're out there!) and for aficionados of revitalizing work being done on the no wave/krautrock/avant-funk axis.

Thanks for listening.

Release date: 30 September 2014
Running time: 45:48
Packaging notes

CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on thick 24pt. paperboard with a printed CD dust sleeve. LP is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined audiophile dust sleeve, credit insert, pull-out art poster and download code for 320 kbps MP3 copy of the album.

1. Face à l'instant Part 1
2. Face à l'instant Part 2
3. Face à l'instant Part 3
4. Face à l'instant Part 4
5. Déja hier...
6. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 1
7. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 2
8. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 3
9. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 4
10. À partir de dorénavant

Sébastien Fournier: Guitar, vocals
Éric Gingras: Guitar, vocals
Nasir Hasan: Drums, vocals
Jean-Sébastien Truchy: Bass, synth, vocals, electronics

AJ: Vocals
YY: Vocals
JLK: Vocals
MS: Vocals
Cédric Lemay-Truchy: Vocals
Xavier Lemay-Truchy: Vocals
Bruno R. Julian: Electronics
Jesse Osborne-Lanthier: Electronics

Recorded at the Mighty Hotel2Tango by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh. Mixed by Le Soleil and Radwan, with the participation of Ian Ilavsky and Don Wilkie.

Mastered by Harris Newman.

Album artwork by Marie-Douce St-Jacques