It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2016 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a crazy year of highs and lows it’s the releases that have pulled a lot of people through the year. Now in it’s 6th year, Circuit Sweet will be hosting takeovers from the featured artists/musicians/labels and promoters of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
Our annual end of year tradition is where we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next Rad Releases take over comes from a band who themselves have released one of the best records of 2016. Brussels’ MONT-DORÉ is a project exploring various musical territories between post rock, post-hardcore and screamo. Back in April the band released their incredible album ‘Fractures’ via the equally incredible Black Bassett Records. We hand over to Pierre the guitarist and Jérôme the bassist to find out more about their year in music.
Mont-Doré (answers by Pierre (guitar) and Jérôme (bass)
Top 5 releases of the year
Fall Of Messiah “Empty Colors”
Dirty pipous from St-Jans Cappel ! Their last release marks a step forward into the band’s progression. They just sound so massive right now but they managed to keep this little sensitiveness that characterises them. We have known each other for a while now and I really enjoy what they are doing. I’m speechless.
PUP “The Dream is Over”
A colleague of mine sent me the “DVP” song and I was directly into them. They have a really cool sound somewhere between Fang Island, Fidlar and the Pixies. It’s kind of sunny. It’s raw and filled with a lot of sing along parts. The perfect soundtrack to party at winter barbecues.
Dälek “Asphalt for Eden”
As a huge fan of “Absence”, I was waiting for this release. I am not disappointed at all. There are a lot of discussed themes in this album. They really came back to the sound that made “Absence” so fantastic. It’s way darker than their two previous releases.
Black Mountain “IV”
I was really impressed by their latest album. It’s by far their best record at the moment. It’s full of sludgy riffs, moogs and seventies influences.
The best Belgian release this year, full stop. Also their best release to date. The production is just perfect.
Mont Doré “Fractures”
A friend asked me a few months after this album was released: « In which Belgian band would like to play ?».
I told him: « Mont-Doré ». A few weeks later, I was joining the band!
I loved this album before they asked me to be a part of the adventure
Highlight : What you gave me is not a gift… masterpiece!
Thee Oh Sees “A Weird Exits”
Fresh, violent, dancing, pop, catchy, 2 drummers… Yummy !
Swans “The Glowing Man”
The soundtrack of a strange and yet to be created religion. Always a strange journey.
Melvins “Bass Loaded”
Still innovative and so relevant in their musical choices.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds “Skeleton Tree”
So powerful, words fail me.
The best gig you have attended and why/ or hosted
Pierre: Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas: I really enjoyed the “Mariner” show. They just played the album and everything was said. They sound massive. Julie has the best voice for this kind of music. That’s all.
Jérôme: Klub des Loosers in Roubaix (La Cave Aux Poètes). Seeing Fuzati with a bunch of great musicians in front of 100 people was just unbelievable! The quality of the orchestrations was really powerful. A concert tinged with very strong memories.
Band Highlights of your year
Pierre: Our mini-tour with our buddies from Fall of Messiah was rad! It was also the last tour with Manu, our now former bass player. We partied a lot in Switzerland and we finished the tour in Paris in a lovely tiny club. We had to leave Manu in Paris (as it was his last show with us). But the show was intense. A good way to say goodbye.
Jérôme: My first gig with the lads (in Namur, for the Beautés soniques festival), it was like a first day in school!
Artist/Band to watch for 2017
Pierre: Pettersson: These Austrians released a record (Rift And Seam) that clearly deserves to be in my top for this year. But I rather prefer to write a few lines about them here. It’s Intense, it’s emotional. They sound like a magical mix between Mono and We Came Out Like Tigers. “White Birch”” is definitively my favourite track on this album.
They are really to follow next year. https://pettersson.bandcamp.com/track/white-birch
Jérôme: A maximum!
Plans for the New Year
Pierre: We are going to defend “Fractures” a bit more this summer. In the meantime, we’re already writing the next episode and i can’t wait to record some new stuff.
Jérôme: (re)Find love
A huge thank you guys and thank you for such a brilliant release which made our year in music. Looking forward to what comes from you guys in the future.