Announce New Album ‘Mimi’ Out on April 26th via Sub Pop
Watch “Mourir Demain” official video
On Friday, April 26th, 2024, Corridor will release ‘Mimi’, the Montreal-based band’s new album, worldwide on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop.
Corridor’s ‘Mimi’—which, fun fact, is also named after guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Robert’s cat—is a record about “getting older” and “figuring out new parts of life”—but despite any claims of transitional growing pains from the band, ‘Mimi’ is also a record bursting with new energy and life. The band expand on the sounds of their 2019 Sub Pop debut, ‘Junior,’ and deliver an album with a distinct rhythmic pulse reminiscent of post-punk’s own classic era of melding dance and rock textures.
This is evident on first single, “Mourir Demain,” where over bright, chiming guitars and ascending synths, Robert addresses his looming mortality: “I wrote it when my girlfriend and I were shopping for life insurance,” he laughs. “With our little daughter growing up, we also considered making our will. I said to myself, ‘Oh shit, from now on, I’m slowly starting to plan my death.” The track comes with an animated, directed by Paul Jacobs.
Corridor has created this ambitious creation that shifts through such immersive passages, striking intensity and a range of standout tones and delicate harmonies. The track starts immediately, hurling the listener into this mammoth landscape and embracing the power that starts so high. “Mourir Demain” crashes into action with this vast impression, a flurry of instruments and this erratic push before this dazzling guitar tone embellishes the intensity and sweeps into play. the guitar tone giving a nod to a mid-western influence, then the track dynamically alters and adds further layers to the vision and a gentle acoustic guitar touch. Rhythmically moving the journey until Corridor bolts more sustained notes and harsher tones into the exploration, constantly adding to this unpredictable voyage.
Whilst this dramatic journey hooks you, the delicate vocal harmonies provide constant comfort through the fluctuating power. As the ensemble moves, this impressive and compelling drum shuffle and breakdown prepares you for the next shift in the adventure. Corridor is prepared to take and direct its audience through this almighty journey, offering an abundance of alluring textures and showcasing the outfit’s infectious energy. In all, this composition offers up one rapturous experience.
‘Mimi’ is an eight-track offering, produced by Corridor and Joojoo Ashworth (Dummy, Automatic) at Studio Gamma in Montreal and mastered by Heba Kadry Mastering in Brooklyn. All songs on ‘Mimi’ were composed by Corridor, with lyrics written by guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Robert. It’s their first new music since ‘Junior’, the band’s prismatic Sub Pop debut, released in 2019.
It is now available to preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders of the album from megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the Loser Edition on Baby Pink vinyl. LP orders from Mega Mart 2 (the new, UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart) and select independent retailers in the UK and Europe, will receive the Loser Edition on Blue vinyl. All whilst stock lasts.
‘Mimi’ track list:
1. Phase IV
2. Mon Argent
3. Jump Cut
6. Porte Ouverte
7. Mourir Demain
You get older, you have a family, and you start to slow down—that’s how things are supposed to go, right? Not for Montreal band Corridor, who have returned on their fourth album, ‘Mimi’, with a sound and style that’s more widescreen and expansive than anything that’s preceded it. The follow-up to 2019’s ‘Junior’ is a huge step forward for the band, as the members themselves have undergone the type of personal changes that accompany the passage of time; even as these eight songs reflect a newfound and contemplative maturity, however, Corridor are branching out more than ever with richly detailed music, resulting in a record that feels like a fresh break for a band that’s already established themselves as forward-thinkers.
‘Mimi’ immediately recalls the best of the best when it comes to indie rock—Deerhunter’s silvery atmospherics immediately come to mind, as well as the spiky effervescence of classic post-punk—but despite these easy comparisons, Corridor remain impossible to pin down from song to song, which makes Mimi all the more thrilling as a listen. The road to this point, as roads to greatness often are, was not without challenge; if the elastic guitar rock of Junior came together quickly—or, as guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Robert describes the process, “in a rush”—then the steady-as-they-go creative pace of Mimi marked a desire to break from the “exhausting” work ethic that previously birthed ‘Junior’.
“The goal was to work differently, which is the goal we have every time we work on a new album—to build something in a new way,” Robert explains. “This time, we took our time.” And so in the summer of 2020, Corridor’s members—Robert, vocalist/bassist Dominic Berthiaume, drummer Julien Bakvis, and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Gougoux—holed away in a cottage to engage in the sort of creative experimentation that would lead to Mimi’s ultimate creation. “We went there to write, and a lot of ideas came from that retreat,” Berthiaume explains. “We didn’t end up with songs as much as we did ideas, so the result is a collage of the ideas.”
After that productive session together, Corridor continued to tinker with the songs’ raw parts digitally and remotely over the next few years, with co-producer Joojoo Ashworth (Dummy, Automatic) lending their own specific talents in the theoretical booth. The process was a byproduct of not having access to their previous rehearsal space as the COVID-19 pandemic faded from public view, but also a result of the four-piece leaning harder into incorporating electronic textures than on previous records.
“For a long time, we identified as a guitar-oriented band, and the goal of making this whole record was trying to get away from that,” Berthiaume states while admitting that the band encountered their own challenges as a result: “We had to figure out how to make new songs without having the chance to play together. It was complicated sometimes.” Berthiaume also describes ‘Mimi’ as a record about “getting older” and “figuring out new parts of life”—but despite any claims of transitional growing pains from the band, ‘Mimi’ is a record bursting with new energy and life, a vibrance that’s owed in no small part to Gougoux joining the band full-time after pitching in on live performances in the past.
‘Mimi’ embraces and champions unfettered creativity while paving a way for Corridor’s own bright future. “We just focused on making a record that sounded the way we wanted,” Gougoux exclaims while discussing the band’s aims. “There were no limitations when it came to what was possible.”
Corridor live dates:
Sat. Mar. 09 – Mexico City, MX – Pitchfork Music Festival Mexico City
Tue. Mar. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Ghengis Cohen
Wed. Mar. 13 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Thu. Mar. 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Fri. Mar. 15 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Thu. May 30 – McGill, NV – Schellraiser Festival
Fri. Oct. 4 – Montreal, QC Le National