Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche
Over the past few years, Montreal kraut-funk 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 a>, Pas Chic Chic, Red Mass, Set Fire to Flames, and, from the Constellation roster, Fly Pan Am – and gained a local reputation for irresistible and levitational live sets combining a contemporary/avant-garde sensibility with infectiously angular, rubbery grooves.
Avec le soleil formed in Montreal in 2011 as a trio of bassist, singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy (of Fly Pan Am), guitarist/engineer Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan, with several lineup expansion and contractions over the following couple of years. Summer 2014 found the group solidified into a tight four-piece unit (Truchy, Fournier, Eric Gingras on guitar and, with the departure of Hasan, Samuel Bobony in the drummer's chair), careening towards mastery of a highly original, deeply satisfying, giddy and heady avant-funk.
The pair of exquisite and exhilarating 20-minute pieces featured on Zubberdust!, the band's debut LP, are the culmination of the group's first two years of conceptual and somatic development. (The pieces are subdivided into sections for CD and digital track IDs.) This is (mostly) instrumental rock that exuberantly succeeds in blending a primitivist, hypnotic energy with cerebral pleasures, seeding an addictive trail of sonic brain-candy throughout the mixes. The band wholly embodies and channels its inimitable square grooves, while teasing out the innumerable joys of repetition via micro-deployments of ever-shifting electronic overlays – along with the occasional full-stop and 180 degree turn. JS Truchy's wordless lead vocals (and the choral arrangement on “Face à l'instant”) add compelling textural and melodic counterpoints while lending the music an especially timeless, deterritorialised and emotive dimension.
In just a couple of weeks, Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche will head out for an early summer tour of western Canada. They'll bring their singular amalgam of avant-garde deconstructed space rock and danceable long-form grooves to audiences as far west as Vancouver, including appearances at Gimli, MB's Real Summer Love Fest and Sled Island. See below for dates, and to listen to an excerpt of "Face à l'instant," from their 2014 debut Zubberdust!:
|15.06.16||Thunder Bay, ON||The Apollo|
|17.06.16||Saskatoon, SK||SASC HQ|
|18.06.16||Edmonton, AB||The Needle Vinyl Tavern|
w/ The Besnard Lakes
|20.06.16||Vancouver, BC||Biltmore Cabaret|
w/ The Besnard Lakes
|22.06.16||Calgary, AB||The Palomino|
Sled Island Festival
|23.06.16||Regina, SK||Durty Nelly's|
|25.06.16||Gimli, MB||Real Love Summer Fest|
|27.06.16||Sault Ste. Marie, ON||Gore Street Cafe|
|28.06.16||Toronto, ON||The Monarch Tavern|
ALL FULL-LENGTH ALBUMS FROM 2013-2015 ON SALE AT PARTICIPATING INDIE STORES IN NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE IN MARCH
Our February Leap Year Sale at the Constellation webshop is over – huge thanks to everyone that placed orders! – but throughout the month of March, independent retailers in North America and several European countries (UK, FR, DE, NL, BE, IT) can get in on sale pricing for all our full-length albums released in 2013-2015. You will find links on every eligible release page on our site, but here’s a roundup of the situation:
Support your local record store by asking them to order Constellation LPs or CDs at sale pricing.
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USA • International
This is also a great opportunity for Europeans to order vinyl at sale prices and at local/domestic shipping rates from an indie mail-order shop in your region.
We fully support the shops listed below:
And here are the titles on sale:
CST116: Esmerine • Lost Voices
CST115: Ought • Sun Coming Down
CST114: Jerusalem In My Heart • If He Dies, If If If If If If
CST113: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld • Never were the way she was
CST112: Eric Chenaux • Skullsplitter
CST111: Godspeed You! Black Emperor • ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’
CST110: Matana Roberts • Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee
CST109: Siskiyou • Nervous
CST107: Last Ex • Last Ex
CST106: Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche • Zubberdust!
CST104: Hiss Tracts • Shortwave Nights
CST103: Ought • More Than Any Other Day
CST102: Carla Bozulich • Boy
CST099: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra • Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
CST098: Matana Roberts • Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
CST097: Land Of Kush • The Big Mango
CST096: Esmerine • Dalmak
CST095: Sarah Neufeld • Hero Brother
CST094: Saltland • I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us
CST093: Jerusalem In My Heart • Mo7it Al-Mo7it
CST092: Colin Stetson • New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Following our February Leap Year Sale, you'll continue to see opportunities to get all our full-length albums released over the past three years at sale pricing during the month of March.
Alongside CDs and LPs on sale at participating indie stores in North America and Europe, we've also got album downloads via iTunes at $6.99 / €5.99 / £4.99 on all these titles.
You can find links covering all these angles on each eligible release page on our site, or read on for a line listing of all sale titles with direct links to iTunes for your convenience...
ESMERINE • Lost Voices
OUGHT • Sun Coming Down
JERUSALEM IN MY HEART • If He Dies, If If If If If If
COLIN STETSON AND SARAH NEUFELD • Never were the way she was
ERIC CHENAUX • Skullsplitter
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR • 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
MATANA ROBERTS • Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee
SISKIYOU • Nervous
LAST EX • Last Ex
AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE • Zubberdust!
HISS TRACTS • Shortwave Nights
OUGHT • More Than Any Other Day
CARLA BOZULICH • Boy
THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA • Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
MATANA ROBERTS • Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
LAND OF KUSH • The Big Mango
ESMERINE • Dalmak
SARAH NEUFELD • Hero Brother
SALTLAND • I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us
JERUSALEM IN MY HEART • Mo7it Al-Mo7it
COLIN STETSON • New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
While of course you can purchase digital albums (MP3 or FLAC) directly from our own website, we also get that many people enjoy the convenience of the iTunes platform, and we also emphasise that purchasing digital album downloads – whether on our platform or via Apple – continues to be a strong way to support more obscure, challenging, long-attention-span-demanding and/or non-commercial indie artists/labels in an age of streaming.
In any case, thanks for listening!
The most excellent Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands is presenting a line-up of Constellation artists as part of its opening night concerts on Thursday November 19th. This should prove to be a lovely and diverse evening of music, including the first-ever European appearances by Saltland and Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche. Eric Chenaux, Last Ex and Ought round out the bill.
Check out the rest of the fantastic Le Guess Who? line-up here.
Le Guess Who? ticketing info here.
With their debut full-length LP, Zubberdust!, now unleashed, Montreal quartet Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche have offered us another dizzying and hallucinatory visual interpretation of music from the album, in collaboration with filmmaker Charles Barabé. The new clip, set to an abridged version of album track "Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun", was premiered on Monday via AdHoc. Head over there now to check it out:
WATCH: AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE -
"Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun" (edit) (via AdHoc)
Zubberdust! was released Septmeber 30. Click here for the full run-down, including ordering info. We'd also suggest you check out the solo electronic music work of onlinegamblinglobby.com Charles Barabé, the filmmaker behind the above clip, who has a new tape out now on Tranquility Tapes.
Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche's debut LP Zubberdust! hits stores a week from today. A Closer Listen have called it "lively, spiky jamming, perfect for rooftop parties and desert caravans," and praised "an alternating series of catchy riffs and trance-like repetitions that build and burst in equal measure," while Rock-A-Rolla hail the band's "fluid, unabashedly danceable rhythmic abilities." Starting today, the album will be streaming in full via Impose Magazine.
As they say, "From the first track, [Avec le soleil] take no time transporting us into a world of their own, with its own peculiar language and mystique. From a driving rhythm of distorted guitar, it careens into a thicket of intermingling sounds, ranging from heavy cymbals to what might be sounds from a radio antenna. A huge, impassioned choral performance in “Face A L’Instant” fades into moving synth strings. Throughout the record’s many shifts in pace and instrumentation, the group uses repetition to their advantage, building layers of instrumentation over a driving bassline and precisely articulated percussion. The result is a delirious amalgam of a weird range of noises that still grooves."
Head over there to listen now:
LISTEN: Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche - Zubberdust!
Zubberdust is out September 30. Click here for the full run-down on the album, including pre-order info, or see below to watch a brief video clip assembled by filmmaker Charlers Barabé to accompany Zubberdust! track "Face à l'instant" (premiered a few weeks ago by Secret Decoder).
Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche have teamed up with filmmaker Charles Barabé to create a dizzying and frenetic visual treatment for a short clip of their epic Zubberdust! track "Face à l'instant." The video was just premiered by the good people at Secret Decoder, who call it "a bizarre display of trippy effects and digitally-rendered psychosis to accompany the track’s locked-rhythm session." Watch it now:
WATCH: "FACE À L'INSTANT" (edit) (via Secret Decoder)
Zubberdust hits stores on September 30. Click here for the full run-down, including preorder info and a longer audio clip of "Face à l'instant".
FALL 2014 AT CONSTELLATION:
New Releases from Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche, Last Ex and Ought
New Releases from Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche, Last Ex and Ought
Today we unveil our three new releases for Fall 2014, all hitting stores in September and October.
First, we would like to extend a warm welcome to two new artists: Montreal kraut-funk quartet Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche, and Ottawa-Hull-Montreal duo Last Ex. Their debut LPs release on September 30 and October 14, respectively. On 28 October a vinyl- and digital-only EP from Montreal's Ought releases a follow-up to their magnificent LP More Than Any Other Day (released in April).
We've put together a 15-minute sampler/mixtape, drawing from each of these three records. Check that out here:
See below for more information about these artists and new records. All three are now available for pre-order in our webshop, with an added incentive for mailorder customers who might consider buying all three titles together; more info on that down at the bottom.
As always, sincere thanks for listening.
Out 30 September 2014:
AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE - Zubberdust!
CST106 • CD / 180gLP / DL • PRE-ORDER NOW
We think it's safe to call Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche a bit of a Montreal supergroup, its members having 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. Avec le soleil has solidified over the past year into a tight four-piece unit, and careened towards mastery of a highly original, deeply satisfying, giddy and heady avant-funk.
The pair of exquisite and exhilarating 20-minute pieces featured on Zubberdust! is the culmination of the group's first two years of conceptual and somatic development. (The pieces are subdivided into sections for CD and digital track IDs.) This is (mostly) instrumental rock that exuberantly succeeds in blending a primitivist, hypnotic energy with cerebral pleasures, seeding an addictive trail of sonic brain-candy throughout the mixes. The band wholly embodies and channels its inimitable square grooves, while teasing out the innumerable joys of repetition via micro-deployments of ever-shifting electronic overlays – along with the occasional full-stop and 180 degree turn. JS Truchy's wordless lead vocals (and the choral arrangement on “Face à l'instant”) add compelling textural and melodic counterpoints while lending the music an especially timeless, deterritorialised and emotive dimension.
For more info on Zubberdust, visit our release page. Our Fall 2014 sampler includes Avec le soleil's "Face à l'instant Part 2".
Out 14 October 2014:
LAST EX - Last Ex
CST107 • CD / 180gLP / DL • PRE-ORDER NOW
Last Ex is the new instrumental rock ensemble led by Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield, both longtime fixtures of experimental/punk scenes rooted in the cross-province hub of Hull/Ottawa (straddling the border of Quebec and Ontario, respectively). In addition to duties in various groups orbiting Fairfield's E-Tron Records (including H. de Heutz, Ferriswheel and many others), the two are perhaps best known as core members of haunted blues-folk ensemble Timber Timbre, which spawned the Last Ex project.
When Timber Timbre’s ambient music for a horror film went unused back in 2012, Trottier and Fairfield began revisiting the sound palette they had built up for the soundtrack at Fairfield's studio in Hull, expanding on their techniques and textures, adding drums, bass and various other instruments. The duo found that they had dug into some very fertile territory, writing additional songs throughout 2013 and bringing their obsessions with sound collage, tape-based music concrète and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to bear on the cinematic lyricism of the initial widescreen guitar- and string-based material. Derived from the title of the abandoned film, Simon and Olivier dubbed their new project Last Ex.
With its combination of assured lyricism, cinematic guitars, dusky analog atmospherics and taut percussion, this is a vivid, concise and expressive instrumental album that sits snugly between fellow label acts Do Make Say Think and Exhaust on the one hand, Hrsta, Tindersticks and Evangelista on the other.
The full run-down on Last Ex is available on our release page, and Last Ex's "Hotel Blues" is included on our Fall 2014 sampler.
Out 28 October 2014:
OUGHT - Once More With Feeling... EP
CST108 • 150gEP / DL • PRE-ORDER NOW
Montreal four-piece post-punk group Ought has been gathering momentum the old-fashioned way, with a humble and deceptively unassuming debut album that's been worming its way into many many ears thanks to its combination of intelligence, authenticity, directness, simplicity and energy; and with live performances in which the band's channeling of genuine passion, politics and charisma are consistently connecting with and exuberantly galvanizing audiences.
While they continue their relentless touring across North America and Europe this fall, we'll be letting out this vinyl- and digital-only EP which corrals a couple of selections from the band's older songbook, re-recorded this Spring at Hotel2Tango to reflect some of the ways they've grown and evolved over the past year or so. We think it's a very fine set of tunes that highlights and brings fans up to date with Ought's first two years of songwriting, revealing additional facets of the band, including its ability to play with nostalgia and balladry ("Pill"), feverish revival-tent testifying ("New Calm Pt. 2"), and improv/abstraction ("New Calm Pt. 3").
For more info on the EP check our release page, and for a full listing of towns they'll be hitting this fall (there are many!) check our tours page. The EP includes "Waiting", which we let out early in the Spring as an MP3, and new track "Pill" is included on our Fall 2014 sampler.
A SPECIAL OFFER FOR MAILORDER CUSTOMERS:
Given the increasingly prohibitive cost of postage these days, particularly when shipping overseas from Canada, we thought it'd be a good time to throw in a few extras for our direct mailorder customers who decide to take the plunge and order all three of these new releases.
So: for the rest of the year, if you buy all three of these new records on vinyl (that is, CST106LP, CST107LP and CST108EP), we've got a limited supply of Constellation tote bags and DVD copies of And We Made The Room Shine which we'll add to your package. Both were created in conjunction with our 15th anniversary European tour in 2012 – the 14" x 14" tote bags were hand-stitched and silkscreened by our friends at Belgrade's Dis-Patch collective (for sale during the tour), and the film was put together by the good people at Blogotheque during the shows in Vienna, and features special intimate performances from Elfin Saddle, Eric Chenaux, Hangedup, HRSTA, Matana Roberts and Do Make Say Think; it's seriously gorgeous work.
To get your hands on these things just place an order for the three albums in our webshop as normal and write FALL 2014 in the comments section and we'll do the rest.