Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Aquaserge

There’s just over two weeks to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Aquaserge

Official Website

Performing Saturday 11th November at EKKO

The wonderful and thrilling musical universe of Toulouse’s experimental pop band Aquaserge sprawls across a number of influences and genres, from pop and 60s/70s rock to free jazz and noise. A supergroup of sorts, with an ever evolving cast of incredible musicians, they’ve released Laisse ça être earlier this year and we love the album to bits. Have a look at their recommendations for the festival, with a few words from the band.

“First of all, it’s very rare, and we are very happy to be invited to play at a festival with such a quality line up. Picking acts was no easy task…”

 

Sun Ra Arkestra

Official Website

Performing Sunday 12th November at TivoliVredenburg

“for the power of the orchestra, which goes in all directions”

 

Lili Boulanger – ‘Du fond de l’abîme’ performed by Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Performing Friday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“it’s very rare to be able to listen to her music”

 

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

Official Website

Performing Thursday 9th November at Domkerk, curated by Perfume Genius

 

Film: Incident at Restigouche

 

Showing Sunday 12th November at Louis Hartlooper Complex, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart

 

Juana Molina

Official Website

Performing Sunday 12th November at TivoliVredenburg

“simply an exceptional artist”

 

Richard Youngs

Facebook Page

Performing Friday 10th November at LE:EN, curated by Grouper

“a collaborator of our friend Makoto Kawabata, a unique guitar sound”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Aquaserge premiere video for ‘Si loin, si proche’

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 share new video for ‘Tour du Monde’ ahead of European tour

AquasergeAquaserge‘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

Laisse ça être is out now via Crammed Discs and Almost Musique.

Watch Aquaserge’s new video for ‘L’ire est au rendez-vous’

AQUASERGE - L ire est au rendez-vousToulouse’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.

Laisse ça être is out now via Crammed Discs and Almost Musique.

Mixtape #82 by Aquaserge

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!

  1. ΠРLa Fin Du Monde
  2. Ivan Lins – Abre Alas [EMI]
  3. Nucleus – Whapatiti [Vertigo]
  4. The Merseys – Sorrow [Fontana / Mercury]
  5. Slapp Happy – The Secret [Virgin]
  6. Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free [Rough Trade]
  7. Nara Leão – Opinião (versão em Francês) [Philips]
  8. Bill Callahan – America! [Drag City]
  9. Bridget St John – Long Long Time [Chrysalis]
  10. Ivan Lins – Deixa O Trem Seguir [Forma]
  11. Joe South – I Got To Be Somebody [Columbia]
  12. Miles Davis – Nem Um Talvez [Columbia]
  13. Virna Lindt – Underwater Boy [The Compact Organization]
  14. Curtis Mayfield – The Makings of You (Live) [Polydor / Curtom]
  15. Aquaserge & Aksak Maboul – Endormons-nous [Crammed]
  16. Willem Breuker Kollektief –  Marie Galante / Le Grand Lustucru [BV Haast Records]
  17. Meredith Monk- Last Song [ECM Records]
  18. The Mothers of Invention – Oh No/The Orange County Lumber Truck [Reprise]
  19. Black Panthers Party – Revolution Has Come Time To Pick Up The Gun

Aquaserge unveil video for ‘Virage Sud’ off upcoming fourth album

AquasergeAquaserge 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.