Coded messages, anadiplosis and automatic writing, dance music grooves peppered with rhythmical & metrical twists, shades of Italian or French film music, a dense political & poetic subtext: such are the ingredients of Laisse ça être, the new album by brilliant experimental pop band AQUASERGE.
Aquaserge has been a subterranean driving force in the international music scene, inspiring and influencing countless musicians & fans. Originally based in a farmhouse-cum-recording studio in the countryside near Toulouse, France, they operated for several years like a kind of nebula, a shifting aggregate drawing over 60 musicians in its orbit, while knitting an extended web of connections by collaborating with the likes of Tame Impala, Stereolab, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Acid Mothers Temple and Aksak Maboul, the band has now distilled down to a strong 5-piece core, which is wildly creative in the studio, powerful and exciting on the stage.
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Since around the making of their previous album A l’amitié (released in 2014 on Chambre404/Arista), the Aquaserge whirlpool has become a steady 5-piece band comprising Benjamin Glibert (guitar & vocals), Julien Gasc (keys & vocals), Audrey Ginestet (bass & vocals), Manon Glibert (clarinets), and drummers Julien Chamla and/or Julien Barbagallo.
Augmented by horn players Sebastien Cirotteau (trumpet) and Olivier Kelchtermans (saxes), this core quintet locked themselves in a studio for three 10-day sessions, and proceeded to collectively write new music from scratch. This was collective composition at its most spectacular. Contrasting with some of their earlier abstract and more complex works, this time the band started from dance music grooves (afro beat, tango, funk, waltz, samba and beats with inflections ranging from Caribbean to krautrock-ish). They set out to create “as-yet-uncharted dances”....... więcej