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!
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.
With brilliant musicians that count numerous contributions and membership in other projects like Stereolab, Tame Impala, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Acid Mothers Temple, Aquaserge is a band you ought to know, if you don’t already. They create incredibly original music drawing influences from various genres, from psych pop, free jazz and noise to vintage French lm music and 60s/’70s rock. Julien Barbagallo, Julien Gasc and Benjamin Glibert, who formed the band in Toulouse in 2005, were “eager to explore the abyssal depths of the rock; kraut, noise, progressive, free … and explode the “song format” in the spirit of the late 60s in the manner of Wyatt, Gainsbourg, Coltrane, Zappa, Hendrix and the Beach Boys”, explains a press release. Their music, it adds, “tells of the strange mythology of Captain Serge wandering in the abyss aboard his submarine cigar…”.
Aquaserge’s ever evolving line-up has incorporated a number of different collaborators, with Audrey Ginestet and Manon Glibert now being a core part of the band.
The quintet are set to release a full-length album in early 2017 via Crammed Discs. Preceding the album’s release, Aquaserge will also be releasing an EP entitled Guerre EP which comes out September 16th. The EP features four songs, each a universe on its own. The wonderful and exotic opening track ‘Les Zouzes’ serves as a marvellous teaser for what is to come. And it comes with a video made by Olia Eichenbaum.