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
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
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