Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much
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"Brian Eno once pontificated that there were 'three great beats in the 70s: Fela Kuti's Afrobeat, James Brown's funk, and Klaus Dinger's Neu!-beat'. Well this Montréal quartet have developed the uncanny ability to play all three at once… Avec Le Soleil's longform grooves produce some of the most trancelike music every to grace the Constellation roster…The group also interject a few flummoxing snippets of concrète near-silence to keep listeners on their feet – which would otherwise be very happily tapping throughout this glorious record."
The Wire

"Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche are in production of a great transcendence. The record is profoundly enjoyable, crucially – it never loses sight of the unpretentious gravity inherent to a daftly enjoyable melodic expression nor the dynamic, richly-affirming potential of dance as a literal compulsion, a necessity. Yet also fundamentally aware that the journey is as (if not more) important than the destination, Pas Pire Pop is an exercise in deconstruction and subsequent reincarnation…This band achieve so much from their willingness to follow the promise of each melody to fulfilment, wringing every last sweet drop of euphony from this music. In doing so, Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche have produced a record which is at once ambitiously progressive, admirably methodical and unassumingly joyous."
The Quietus

"Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche are back and as brilliant as ever. Following up on their last record (one of our favourites of 2014) will be tough but this track ['Alizé et Margaret D...'] which sounds like David Byrne fronting Magma in Bamako, suggests they might just do it. Très bien!"
The Monitors

"A great collection of psychedelia. Staying happily in the freak-out zone, textures meld and minds melt from the outset. Floating pop textures and harmonies accompany chiming guitar and hypnotic looped rhythm. Bits sound like a French film soundtrack from the late sixties, other times like a furiously yelping wig-out. It’s all tight yet far-out. This is the band's second album and it is wonderfully free-thinking and uninhibited. This needs a place in your heart."
Vanguard Online

"Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much, the second album from the Montreal avant-funk super-group, showcases the most innovative ideas from Quebec's experimental rock scene, combining irresistible grooves with a smorgasbord of avant-garde ideas in a record that is astonishing in its inventiveness. Unfolding over ten minutes of shamanistic vocals, elastic bass and futuristic electronics, the two-part opener ‘Trans-pop express’ starts Pas pire pop... in impressive fashion as the band interweave the first half with mechanical noises and racing angular guitars before the second movement eases us into a transcendental psych-rock trance. It’s imaginative stuff, even more so when 'Alizé et Margaret D. Midi moins le quart. Sur la plage, un palmier ensanglanté.' transports us somewhere else entirely, moving from its roots in a sunny, staccato afropop melody through Swans-esque doom before winding up in technological mayhem while never feeling like the quartet have lost the map along the way. Pas pire pop... saves its best ideas for last on the 20-minute masterpiece of 'Tourner incessamment dans l'éclatement euphorique de soi / Road Painting Ahead', which takes up the whole second side of the record as monstrous noise rock riffs help the band blow a tunnel to an ending that is beguilingly spiritual."
The Skinny ★★★★

"This isn't your parents' Krautrock — meaning it's not a respectful homage to the genre bearing all the benchmarks of a revivalist act. It's an irreverent reinvention…the album is hermetic at first, but highly rewarding after a few listens. Avec le soleil's music could compare to a tropical forest: There's a lot of stuff there, and when the ecosystem works as well as it does on Pas pire pop, it's worth taking the time to get lost in its dense flora of sounds.
Exclaim • 8/10

"Intense grooves of Afro-prog psych: 10 tracks, three 'movements', a rump-shaking whole."
Mojo ★★★★

"The sound of their second album is as raucous as their first. The album begins with a boom and never lets up; it's a non-stop jam that we're eager to experience live. All of Zubberdust!'s elements remain in place: head-nodding percussion, onomatopoeic David Byrne-esque vocals, tomahawk chop chants and a sense of gleeful abandon.  One can imagine people dancing non-stop to this recording, which unfolds as a continuous session: three songs in ten parts that save for a single fade and pause may as well be one 43-minute track. In fact, one can connect this album to the last album like splices on a reel-to-reel, the last song connecting to the first, and we suspect the last song on this album connecting to the first on the next as well, an exquisite corpse with no apparent ending.  But that's okay; we want this ride to continue like an expanding train line, laying tracks to undiscovered territories."
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Psychedelic rock, krautrock, desert rock, punk rock, noise rock, afrobeat, experimental pop, post-rock, electronic; all are touchstones for Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche. Their multi-movement durational music arguably combines trance rock and audio collage above all — a diced and spliced approach to longform multi-movement groove music played by a stripped down quartet of two guitars, bass and drums, synched to pre-recorded electronics and musique concrète. The band’s unique restlessness and inventiveness seduces with shifts, turns and dovetails, bubbling forth with ideas and consistently destabilizing its own inexorable musical logic in highly satisfying fashion. Above all, their sound always seems to be escaping overt homage or retro tendencies; neither freighted with reverence nor weightless with irreverence, the music of Avec le soleil routes and uproots itself along its own refreshingly untrodden path.
Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much picks up where the band’s 2014 debut Zubberdust! left off. Quite literally: the needle drops on "Trans-pop express" with Avec le soleil in full swing, playing a musical theme that had been submerged at the end of Zubberdust's closing track, now developed in the full kaleidoscopic light of day. Unfurling over 10 minutes of sinuous bass, chiming guitars and wordless vocals, "Trans-pop express" becomes increasingly interwoven with fizzing and squelching electronics, breaks into an extended and more insistent motorik/post-punk 'chorus' of sorts, then returns full-circle to a resplendently buzzing and whirring reprise of the initial groove. "Alizé et Margaret D…" opens with naive melody lines played on dry staccato guitars, peppered with ragged vocal calls, before transitioning through some unison riffing into one of the band’s signatures: clean, methodical, exuberantly layered grooves perhaps most reminiscent of Remain In Light (and The Name Of This Band Is)-era Talking Heads. Nothing the band has recorded to date quite drives home the fascinating sonic identity they’ve forged from their overflowing toolbox of techniques and influences more than "Tourner incessamment dans l’éclatement euphorique…", the 20-minute tour de force that comprises Side Two of Pas pire pop.
Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche deploys a panoply of buoyant musical ideas, subtly sumptuous sonic treatments, and joyous stylistic nods — while remaining fundamentally devoted to working the groove, from however many angles. This is post-modern psychedelic trance-pop the likes of which we can honestly say we’ve not heard before.
Thanks for listening.
Release date: 20 January 2017
Running time: 42:47
Packaging notes
CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on the uncoated side of thick 24pt. 100% Orford recycled paperboard. LP is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a heavyweight jacket printed on same stock as above, with black poly-lined audiophile dust sleeve, full colour 12"x24" pull-out art poster, full colour 12"x12" insert, and download code for 320 kbps MP3 copy of the album.
Side One:
01-02 Trans-pop express
03-05 Alizé et Margaret D. Midi moins le quart. Sur la plage, un palmier ensanglanté
Side Two:
06-10 Tourner incessamment dans l’éclatement euphorique de soi – Road Painting Ahead
Sébastien Fournier: guitare, voix
Éric Gingras: guitare, voix
Samuel Bobony: drums
Jean-Sébastien Truchy: bass, electronics, synths, vocals
À également participé à cet album; Bruno R. Julian: electronics / noise
Recorded and mixed at The Mighty Hotel2Tango by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market.
Artwork by Marie-Douce St-Jacques