And the year is off to a fantastic start. Event page here!
I’ve been out of the country and not listening to much music for the past few weeks, but I’m back and catching up by combing the internet for new music. Tonight I’m really enjoying this mixtape by Xavier Paradis of Automelodi, so I thought I’d share it – perfect mix of italo disco/minimal synth tunes to listen to during a rainy evening. The mix has some songs from great Canadian projects (Essaie Pas, Violence, Xarah Dion) and a bunch of artists that are new to me and sound terrific!
One last quick post before heading out of the country for a few weeks. Cinéma Vengeance is a minimal-synth band that I can’t dig up much info about, but my friends in Montréal tell me that Xavier Paradis of Automelodi was drumming live with them last month and they said it was a fantastic live show! Apparently Xavier indicated that this project will have a more industrial feel than Automelodi. So I’m guessing it’s a Canadian project, looks like it’s been active for about a year and a half, and it’s fun. (Edit: The other band members are Nick Coldhands from Effet Werther and Fred from Police des moeurs) That’s all I got…check out their demos here.
Some seriously interesting stuff on the new Electric Voice Records compilation – feel like some new Soft Metals? A new (rare instrumental) track from Vancouver’s own Cosmetics? If I were to neglect to mention that the compilation also contains a really fun new song from Automelodi, you would know this blog has been hijacked. But most interestingly of all, a track by Martial Canterel that features ONLY GUITARS. My mind is blown – true to form, it’s a great and atmospheric track. The whole release is fantastic mood music, listen to/buy it here.
“The vinyl is sealed with medical gauze and includes two small inserts. Recorded and mixed by Paradis in 1998 and 1999 at Linus Van Pelt Hospital somewhere under the snow in Canada.”
Arnaud Lazlaud’s Le Malade Roi/Elan vinyl release – sounds perfect.
Automelodi is one of those bands that stand out as being ‘love at first hear’ in my world. From my introductory listen to the self-titled album I was hooked and dancing in my living room. The synthy beep boops-! My ears were really, really happy. By the middle of the album (I can pinpoint the moment to hearing ‘Buanderie Jazz’ for the first time) I was starting to lose it. It was music that included all of the song elements I love all at once, so I was really excited. I read up on the band and learned that Xavier Paradis (vocalist and driving force behind Automelodi) had some other great side projects such as Arnaud Lazlaud, Echo Kitty, and Liz & László. I’ve heavily listened to these side projects since hearing about them, but Automelodi seems to be a culmination of what he brought to all of those bands with an extra touch of magic. Yes. Magic. His vocals are particularly awesome because for the most part he sings in French, and utilizes plays on words a lot – the lyrics to ‘Schéma Corporel’ in particular are really clever (there’s a link to lyrics at the end of the post).
I listened to the self-titled album so much that I was actually concerned about whether I’d like his second full-length album, Surlendemains Acides, when it was released last October.
‘La Cigale’ was the first single I heard before the album’s release, and it assured me I had nothing to worry about. The song has an elegant progression that is calm, yet powerful. And the rest of the album was not a disappointment – lots of club hits amongst intriguing and beautiful instrumentals. The album was released shortly before I left for a trip to Iceland, so I have fond memories of driving around a snowy land while listening to amazing music.
Like what you hear? Check out Automelodi’s official site here. Not only can you buy the music there, but he’s uploaded all of his lyrics so you can sing along, or if you’re a student of French like me you can have the words available to translate. Thanks for the music, Xavier 🙂
P.S. I’m especially happy right now because I’ll be heading to Montréal this month and will finally get to see Automelodi perform live – expect a post about that in the future!
P.P.S. I just noticed that on the Surlendemains Acides album, someone is credited as being a ‘synthesizer ghost’ on one track. Can someone please tell me how I can grow up to be a synthesizer ghost? …I’m serious. That sounds like my dream job.