Simple

by Sylvain Chauveau on 130701

Almost all the material here is taken from Sylvain's film scores, expanded with one written for a dance performance ('Au Nombre des chose's by Compagnie Mi-Octobre / Serge Ricci), and one (track 4), which is a remix (of Pulseprogramming) . Seven of the tracks are from a 2003 soundtrack Chauveau created for Thomas de Thier's feature film, 'Des Plumes Dans La Tete', originally released on the DSA label, now long out of print. Two short guitar pieces (tracks 11 and 14) were made for Sarah Bouyain's feature 'Notre Etrangere' in 2009. Two tracks (12, 13) are from Danish director HR Boe's film, 'Beast' (2010), and four tracks (8, 10, 17, 18) are from the same director's 'Alting Bliver Godt Igen' (2009), performed by a 40-piece string orchestra with a conductor. Sylvain describes these final two tracks on the album as his favourites, with "surely the best melodies I've ever composed". Both were left out of the film's final cut, remaining unheard until now.

Most of the material was recorded at CDM studio in Toulouse, with local classical musicians and a contemporary jazz clarinet player. Two tracks were made in Sylvain's Paris apartment. The soundtrack for 'Notre Etrangere' was composed, recorded and mixed at Sumo studios in Brussels. And the orchestral pieces were recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra in Skopje (F.A.M.E.'S studio).

At varying points recalling Erik Satie, Arvo Part, Labradford, and Mogwai, Sylvain also traces the roots of his music back to Kentucky chamber outfit Rachel's and an earlier grounding in rock bands. He began composing his take on chamber music in the late 'nineties, escaping the weight and compromises of the rock band format. "I see it more as post-rock: either an evolution of my rock music without guitars, drums and vocals, or a way to say goodbye to this genre." Whilst the post-classical scene is now well established, when Sylvain's debut came out in 2000, he recalls the feeling of isolation: "we were then very few playing this kind of chamber music in the rock scene. Rachel's were the model, in my opinion. Nyman, Mertens and Bryars had built bridges between the genres before, but they remained associated with the 'contemporary' field. Rachel's really brought it to the indie-rock crowd. In a sense, they gave permission to us, rock and young electronic musicians, to explore this direction."

Following Set Fire To Flames, Sylvain was the second artist to sign to FatCat's post-classical imprint, 130701. 'Simple' is his second album for the label - following up 2003's 'Une Autre Decembre'. In the interim he has released mainly on the excellent Type label.

Almost all the material here is taken from Sylvain's film scores, expanded with one written for a dance performance ('Au Nombre des chose's by Compagnie Mi-Octobre / Serge Ricci), and one (track 4), which is a remix (of Pulseprogramming) . Seven of the tracks are from a 2003 soundtrack Chauveau created for Thomas de Thier's feature film, 'Des Plumes Dans La Tete', originally released on the DSA label, now long out of print. Two short guitar pieces (tracks 11 and 14) were made for Sarah Bouyain's feature 'Notre Etrangere' in 2009. Two tracks (12, 13) are from Danish director HR Boe's film, 'Beast' (2010), and four tracks (8, 10, 17, 18) are from the same director's 'Alting Bliver Godt Igen' (2009), performed by a 40-piece string orchestra with a conductor. Sylvain describes these final two tracks on the album as his favourites, with "surely the best melodies I've ever composed". Both were left out of the film's final cut, remaining unheard until now.

Most of the material was recorded at CDM studio in Toulouse, with local classical musicians and a contemporary jazz clarinet player. Two tracks were made in Sylvain's Paris apartment. The soundtrack for 'Notre Etrangere' was composed, recorded and mixed at Sumo studios in Brussels. And the orchestral pieces were recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra in Skopje (F.A.M.E.'S studio).

At varying points recalling Erik Satie, Arvo Part, Labradford, and Mogwai, Sylvain also traces the roots of his music back to Kentucky chamber outfit Rachel's and an earlier grounding in rock bands. He began composing his take on chamber music in the late 'nineties, escaping the weight and compromises of the rock band format. "I see it more as post-rock: either an evolution of my rock music without guitars, drums and vocals, or a way to say goodbye to this genre." Whilst the post-classical scene is now well established, when Sylvain's debut came out in 2000, he recalls the feeling of isolation: "we were then very few playing this kind of chamber music in the rock scene. Rachel's were the model, in my opinion. Nyman, Mertens and Bryars had built bridges between the genres before, but they remained associated with the 'contemporary' field. Rachel's really brought it to the indie-rock crowd. In a sense, they gave permission to us, rock and young electronic musicians, to explore this direction."

Following Set Fire To Flames, Sylvain was the second artist to sign to FatCat's post-classical imprint, 130701. 'Simple' is his second album for the label - following up 2003's 'Une Autre Decembre'. In the interim he has released mainly on the excellent Type label.

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Tracklist

  1. Noir
  2. Des Plumes Dans La T
  3. Au Nombre Des Choses
  4. With The Orderly Life
  5. Le Brasier De Tristesse
  6. Anthracite
  7. Pour Les Oiseaux
  8. The Plot
  9. Blanche Comme L'infini
  10. Everything Will Be Fine
  11. Notre
  12. Beast
  13. Strangers Forever
  14. Murmure
  15. Situation Finale
  16. Blanc
  17. For C.
  18. Derni

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