Aquaserge turned our heads with Laisse ça être, which came out earlier this year through Crammed Discs. The album track ‘Si loin, si proche’ has been paired with a fitting video directed by Amic Bedel and Benjamin Glibert. The song title, which translates to ‘so close, so far’, is central to the video. The effort is presented as a split screen with two takes, a close shot and a wide one, performed and shot live and at the same time. Here it is.
In other related good news, Aquaserge are back on the road this Autumn for a string of shows across Europe, including a show at Birthdays in London on September 21st, at Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia on September 22nd and at Utrecht’s dream of a festival Le Guess Who? on November 11th. Check the full list of dates and other info here.
Aquaserge‘s new album, Laisse ça être, came out earlier this year and we love it to bits. The band will hit the road this Thursday for a string of dates in mainland Europe and the UK. Our highlight will undoubtedly be a triple-header show at London’s Corsica Studios on June 27th, with the Toulouse quintet sharing the bill with Laetitia Sadier and Vanishing Twin.
Before they embark on this tour, Aquaserge have released a new video for the album’s song ‘Tour du Monde’, made by their friends Amanda Robles and Matthieu Salabura. Watch it below and check out all their stops straight after.
June 1st – Ubu, Rennes
June 2nd – La Péniche Excelsior, Allones
June 6th – Atelier 210, Brussels
June 8th – Emmetrop, Bourges
June 10th – Parcours Secret, Cholet
June 27th – Corsica Studios, London
June 28th – Prince Albert, Brighton
July 6th – Different Sounds Festival, Lublin
July 8th – Gagnef Festival, Stockholm
July 9th – Les Ardentes, Liege
July 22nd – Festival Le Grand Souk, La Jemaye
Toulouse’s Aquaserge are something very special and we simply can’t put down their recently released album Laisse ça être. On the back of it, the quintet have shared a video for the album’s track ‘L’ire est au rendez-vous’. The track takes its name “from one of the first coded messages used by the French Resistance”, explains the press release, “who broadcast them via the BBC as signals for triggering clandestine actions (most famously just prior to the Normandy landings)”. Engaged in a reckoning of the current state of things in France and also worldwide, the lyrics translate these “into obscure, poetical lines, as if they were bottled messages sent to whoever is intent on resisting”. Here’s the video.
Experimental pop band Aquaserge, who just released their new album Laisse Ça Être, is what you would call a supergroup. Founded in Toulouse over a decade ago by Julien Barbagallo, Julien Gasc and Benjamin Glibert and now also comprising Audrey Ginestet and Manon Glibert, each member is an accomplished and astounding musician in their own right, lending their talents to many other stellar bands. We instantly fell head over heels into Aquaserge's musical world which effortlessly transcends genres to create thrilling and bold compositions. And we're over the moon to present this month's mixtape lovingly assembled by the band!
Œ – La Fin Du Monde
Ivan Lins – Abre Alas [EMI]
Nucleus – Whapatiti [Vertigo]
The Merseys – Sorrow [Fontana / Mercury]
Slapp Happy – The Secret [Virgin]
Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free [Rough Trade]
Nara Leão – Opinião (versão em Francês) [Philips]
Bill Callahan – America! [Drag City]
Bridget St John – Long Long Time [Chrysalis]
Ivan Lins – Deixa O Trem Seguir [Forma]
Joe South – I Got To Be Somebody [Columbia]
Miles Davis – Nem Um Talvez [Columbia]
Virna Lindt – Underwater Boy [The Compact Organization]
Curtis Mayfield – The Makings of You (Live) [Polydor / Curtom]
Aquaserge had promised a new album this year and comes February 3rd, their long-awaited Laisse ça être will see the light of day through Almost Musique and Crammed Discs. Preceding the record, the Toulouse based quintet released last September their Guerre EP, a magnificent four-song EP, each song a universe on its own.
“Coded messages, anadiplosis and automatic writing, dance music grooves peppered with rhythmical and metrical twists, shades of Italian or French film music, a dense political and poetic subtext” are the ingredients behind Laisse ça être, describes the press release.
‘Virage Sud’ is the first single lifted from the album and it serves as a luscious taste of what they’ll be throwing at us. The track comes with a video, directed by the band’s bassist, Audrey Ginestet. Check it out below.
It has taken us a while to come across the music of Toulouse’s experimental pop band Aquaserge, but it’s no wonder we fell for it instantly. Last Friday saw them release Guerre EP, an EP featuring four tracks, each a universe on its own drawing from numerous and varied genres and influences.
The quintet had previously shared a video for the wonderful and exotic EP opener ‘Les Zouzes’. Now they have unveiled a new video for the closing track ‘Les Plus Beaux Jours’, a delightful love song, featuring longtime collaborator Eddy Crampes on vocals. The video was again directed by Olia Eichenbaum. Watch it below and make sure you grab Aquaserge’s Guerre EP.