Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche will release their second studio album Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much on January 20, 2017

November 20, 2016
 Minelly Kamemura)

Minelly Kamemura


  Over the past few years, Montreal quartet Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche has established itself as something of a local supergroup – its members have been active in this city’s experimental rock communities for well over a decade, including participation in Panopticon Eyelids, Pas Chic Chic, Red Mass, Set Fire to Flames, and, from the Constellation roster, Fly Pan Am.
  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.
1 Trans-pop express, 09:35
2 Alizé et Margaret D. Midi moins le quart. Sur la plage, un palmier ensanglanté., 12:49
3 Tourner incessamment dans l’éclatement euphorique de soi / Road Painting
Ahead, 20:23
(CD track listing is segmented)
13.02.17 – Hamburg – Hafenklang Germany
14.02.17 – Hannover – Café Glocksee Germany
15.02.17 – Leipzig – UT Connewitz Germany
16.02.17 – Berlin – Monarch Germany
17.02.17 – Dresden – Wettbüro Poland
18.02.17 – Poznan – LAS Poland
19.02.17 – Warszawa – Kulturalna Poland
21.02.17 – München – Import export Germany
24.02.17 – Düdingen – Bad Bonn Switzerland
25.02.17 – Luzern – JazzKantine Switzerland
27.02.17 – Strasbourg – La laiterie France
28.02.17 – Lyon – Le marché de la Gare France
01.03.17 – Paris – Le point Éphémère France
02.03.17 – Vannes – L’Echonova France
06.03.17 – Brussels – Chaff – Belgium
07.03.17 – Luxembourg – Rotondes Luxembourg
08.03.17 – Opwijk – Nosta – Belgium
09.03.17 – Groningen – Vera – Netherlands
10.03.17 – Amsterdam – Paradiso upstairs – Netherlands
“‘Zubberdust!’ is incredibly odd and bizarre in places, but there’s a wonderful indulgent element to the music itself if one allows themselves to just get completely absorbed in all the creative ideas being presented by the band. Even with all the crazy twists and turns ‘Zubberdust!’ presents, the whole album comes across as an incredible, well structured, well composed and very cohesive album experience.” – ECHOES AND DUST

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