As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2015.
With a striking voice of gold and songwriting skills to match, experimental guitar virtuoso and songwriter Eric Chenaux conquered our ears and hearts a long time ago. His majestic songcraft, full of sincerity and simplicity, brims with rich enveloping beauty. Which is why we're over the moon to have him on this month's mixtape, hand-picking a few of his favourite artists and songs.
Eric Chenaux has unveiled a video for the utterly gorgeous ‘Poor Time’, directed by Eric Cazdyn. The track is taken from his divine album Skullsplitter, released recently via Constellation. Here it is.
In other related good news, the experimental guitar virtuoso and songwriter with a voice of gold is returning to the UK in late May, for a string of special intimate shows. Check all his stops below and don’t miss the chance to see Chenaux’s majestic and enveloping songcraft come to life.
23/05 – MacDevitts Studio, Reading
24/05 – Burning Bridges, Northampton
25/05 – The Eagle Inn, Salford w/ Irma Veo, Tekla & Dean McPhee
26/05 – Glad Cafe, Glasgow
27/05 – Fuse Art Space, Bradford (free entry)
28/05 – Cafe OTO, London w/ Oscilanz
29/05 – Raveningham Cafe, Norfolk w/ Laura Cannell
News of album releases due out in 2015 through Constellation keep on hitting us and we love it. The ever wonderful experimental guitar virtuoso and songwriter Eric Chenaux is the latest artist confirmed to be putting out a new record in the new year, entitled Skullsplitter. The follow-up to his majestic 2012’s Guitar & Voice, “confirms Chenaux’s singular aesthetic: genuine, natural, unaffected vocals gliding through slow, smoky melodies while electric and nylon-string guitars are deployed with adventurously experimental, dextrous, semi-improvisational technique and texture”, as the label puts it. Skullsplitter “unfolds like a weirdly bubbling but warmly welcoming bath.”
As with previous efforts, Chenaux shared once again production duties with his longtime recording engineer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart). Skullsplitter saw them employing techniques such as “physically swinging speakers and radical gating and panning to tease out further fluctuations in the barometer of the guitar sound.”
The title track is the first single to be unveiled and it serves as evidence that we are in for a treat in 2015. Listen to ‘Skullsplitter’ now and grab the album when it drops on February 17th.
Toronto’s experimental guitar virtuoso and songwriter Eric Chenaux is kicking off 2014 with two performances, both with British musician Richard Youngs. This Saturday January 11th, London’s Cafe Oto will house this avant-garde double bill, and they are set to play the following day in Paris at Gallery Treize.
With four magnificient solo albums and several other projects and collaborations under his belt, Chenaux’s utterly beautiful and enchanting songcraft in a live format is a must-not-miss if you’re near London or Paris this weekend. Read below Cafe Oto’s press release for the night.
“Two artists pushing at the parameters of avant-folk and traditional songcraft. With hundreds of solo and collaborative releases on countless labels (including his own “No Fans” label) Richard Youngs’ music has been heaped with accolades since the 1990’s. Whether through his collaborations with the likes of Simon Wickham-Smith, Jandek, Neil Campbell or Makoto Kawabata, or in his solo work encompassing the starkest minimalism, lush acapella and acoustic balladry, Richard adds a touch of humanity to any project he’s involved with. Tonight he forms one half of a double bill with one of Canada’s most respected and long-standing experimental guitar players and songwriters, Eric Chenaux, whose clear voice and erudite lyricism is guided by an utterly unique guitar technique and a deep immersion in pop and folk traditions from medieval to post-modern.”
To entice you further, here’s ‘Amazing Backgrounds’, the gorgeous opening track from Chenaux’s 2012 solo album Guitar & Voice.
We have never been shy about our love for Portland based outfit AU, whose album Both Lights was an absolute favourite of ours in 2012. So it's with a wide grin that we unwrap this month's mixtape, straight from AU's prodigious mastermind Luke Wyland, who takes us on a wild perusal of his music collection, from his latest findings to his old time favourites.