Friday, December 26, 2014

Recording: Bataille Solaire

Artist: Bataille Solaire

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Music Gallery, November 22, 2014.

Bataille Solaire - unknown

In its mandate to act as the city's centre for creative music, props to the Music Gallery for remembering that it's not just the "highbrow" scenes that have a let's-push-things-forward ethos, and that there are plenty of folks who are experimenting with musical sound and form in the let's-call-it-pop field. MG production manager Adam Bradley is known to folks in that latter realm for his work as part of the Wavelength crew, and it was quite pleasing to see him get a chance to bring his sensibility to this "pop avant" showcase. Being part of a curated Music Gallery program not only allows for a chance to interface with a new audience, but also an opportunity to put on a slightly more elaborate show than usual to an attentive crowd.

Montréal's Asaël Robitaille has put in time with some noteworthy groups in that city's weird underground (including Femminielli and Jef Barbara's band), but this solo project strips things back into an eclectic electronic bricolage that doesn't settle easily into something dancey or something ambient. This set-closer cuts the difference by hinting at vintage Aphex Twin sonics, but there were a variety of other approaches explored as well.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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