2 × LP / 5 tracks / 49:16
250 copies: 2 × black vinyl
Co-release with Anywave Records
His second album is witness to a more progressive direction. In opposition to the minimalist aesthetic of his first album, Fléau now imposes his will with a desire for the grandiose through five long narrative tracks, each one an acoustic short film projected directly on the listener’s imagination.
Reversing the ‘imaginary soundtracks’ process, he creates tracks that are like imaginary worlds without storylines. Their duration and the absence of any lyrics bringing to light both their narrative and abstract dimensions, aiming to evoke a cinematic experience through sonic textures evolving over long sequences.
Far from synthwave formulas—to which Fléau might have been previously related with—, he forbids himself from using loops and samples, instead he focusses on carefully wrought harmonic progressions. This new LP is indeed an album of progressive music, proudly inherited from a tradition of incorporating the canons of classical music into pop music, minus the virtuosity and demonstrative aspects.
Its complexity relies on the diversity of sounds and evocations: the use of crystalline arpeggios, close to glockenspiels, refers as much to Goblin’s scoring Argento’s films as to Carl Orff’s Schulwerk, with haunting echoes of forgotten nursery rhymes. In search of a form of innocence, Fléau’s approach is rooted in childhood’s contempt for good taste and permeability to emotions. Inspired by the synthetic orchestrations of Wendy Carlos, without denying their kitschy side, or popular music of the 1970s (Christophe, François de Roubaix, Ennio Morricone), he uses catchy melodies as a gateway to a more experimental aspect of his music: the chiseling and arrangement of increasingly complex sound matter, created with an ever more impressive range of synthesizers. Neither does he deny the influences of his adolescence, revealing the almost abstract dimension of black metal guitars and reactivating in his own way the leaden weight of riffing doom.
released March 29, 2018
Written, performed and produced by Mathieu Mégemont
Mastered by Cyrille Gachet