Release Date: Sep 8, 2017
Record label: LuckyMe
Though Lunice Fermin Pierre II, or Lunice, is best known as a producer, he's always explored several creative disciplines. The French Canadian artist got into music through breakdancing—several YouTube clips, all from 2008, show him dancing to tracks by Lazer Sword, Mike Slott and Nosaj Thing. He'd started DJing the year before that. ("...in general I was just a creative guy," he once told The Quietus.
Lunice has long been one of those artists lurking in the background, showing up with occasional production and instrumental work but never stealing the spotlight from whatever artist he might be working with. The first time most of us saw him was when he strutted across the screen in the video for Azealia Banks’ “212”. Back then, he was just some guy.
CCCLX, the debut album from Montreal producer Lunice Fermin Pierre II, comes with a dramatic conceit: It is meant to be the score for a speculative theater piece. Reportedly inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly, Lunice.
In the five years since electronic duo TNGHT – Hudson Mohawke and Canadian producer Lunice – released their self-titled EP before announcing an indefinite hiatus, Mohawke has worked with artists such as Kanye West; Lunice has taken a more low-key route. Unfortunately, his debut solo album is largely underwhelming, especially for what’s described as a “theatrical showcase”. It’s industrial, but somehow not abrasive enough; ominous, but in an almost cheesy rather than menacing way.
Have you ever woken up from a bad dream that you kind of want to return to? Something dark and claustrophobic, urgent and comforting, the cathartic satisfaction that comes from contending with a never-ending horde of zombies on a Resident Evil machine in the lobby of your local Mega Bowl. .