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13.50€

Artist : Automelodi 

Label : Wierd Records 

untitled / LP

Self-titled debut lp from Montreal's Automelodi (aka Xavier Paradis) who has long garnered a cult underground following with his solo minimal synth project Arnaud Lazlaud active in Canada since the late 90's. Automelodi (formed in 2006) combines guitars with synthesizers and drum machines to create a truly idiosyncratic, cerebrally sophisticated, and elegantly composed album of modern minimal electronic music.. Highly unique for a North American band in 2010, Automelodi proudly embraces the infinitely rich ground of French pop musical influences, classic French cold-wave & minimal synth, and early UK new-wave. The album carefully weaves together a series of hook-laden uptempo pop trax with a set of stylishly confident, yet vulnerably melancholic downtempo songs that allow the listener to catch his misty breath in the mix, with nearly all vocals smoothly delivered in French. As is often the case within French literature, poetry, and pop musical history the freely associative, intuitive and often dreamlike play of language and the voice is of prime importance to the band. And indeed for the English-speaking listener in particular, the vocals function as an additional flowing and soaring instrument in the mix as well as a mysteriously mediating force that provocatively obscure the lyrical narratives at work, while carefully playing off of both the icily detached guitars and the warmly, organic electronics. An amazing balancing act it is, and negociating this plethora of conflicting forces within the record is quite an exciting sonic event to experience... welcome to the world of Automelodi ;)

surlendemains acides

16.99€

Artist : Automelodi 

Label : Electric Voice Records 

surlendemains acides / LP

'Surlendemains Acides' is the 2nd full length from Xavier Paradis' project Automelodi. As with Automelodi's past efforts, this sophomore LP does offer a nod to obscure 80/90's European electronic music—artists such as Trisomie 21 and Grauzone among others—but the main focus of the arrangements, melodies and production on 'Surlendemains Acides' is to frame and carry the album's very dense and personal lyrical universe: a bittersweet, angular path, haunted by shades of anxiety and disenchantment. These themes translate especially well through Paradis' cold, yet shimmering French vocals, to create a listening experience with both unusual depth and levity. As Paradis clearly moves towards straightforward songcraft on this latest effort, the Automelodi project is elevated beyond a brilliant work of post modern electronic music to become a true stand-out within the broader context of popular music.

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