Release Date: Jan 20, 2017
Record label: Constellation
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
In a press kit, Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche are defined as a Krautrock ensemble. The appellation might feel like an understatement at first, but the more their new album Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much unravels, the more it makes sense. Sure, this isn't your parents' Krautrock — meaning it's not a respectful homage to the genre bearing all the benchmarks of a revivalist act.
Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much, the second album from Montreal avant-funk super-group Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche, showcases the most innovative ideas from Quebec’s experimental rock scene, combining irresistible grooves with a smorgasbord of avant-garde ideas in a record that is astonishing in its inventiveness. Unfolding over ten minutes of shamanistic vocals, elastic bass and futuristic electronics, the two-part opener Trans-pop express starts Pas pire pop... in impressive fashion as the band interweave the first half with mechanical noises and racing angular guitars before the second movement eases us into a transcendental psych-rock trance.
Comprising three distinct pieces that weave and charm their way through swirling psychedelic rock, skittish afro-beat and the mesmeric narcosis of kraut-rock repetition, the second album from Montreal’s forward-thinking prog-pop purveyors Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche moves like the shifting of a kaleidoscope. Pas Pire Pop's deceptively pleasing, but these long-form jams unfurl their nuanced secrets and reveal themselves as highly composed and skilfully rendered cosmic freak-outs, as intellectually rewarding and loudly enjoyable as anything on the Constellation roster. The intricate, serpentine pieces represented here are commonly founded on sparse, reduced ground; tight grooves expressed with delectable bass funk and motorik, trance-inducing drum work reminiscent of Oneida’s Kid Millions providing a sunlit and dreamy, yet reassuringly mechanical infrastructure.