We are very excited and proud to release 'La bride'. It's available on LP, CD and digital. You can order it on our bandcamp page: wearethreefour.bandcamp.com
Here what the media wrote about 'La Bride'
"Back to reinterpretations and revisions of traditional material, and the duo of Eloïse Decazes (Arlt, Delphine Dora) and Canadian experimental singer songwriter Eric Chenaux return for more unconventional takes on centuries-old ballads. Ripe as the words are with thwarted passion, untimely death and, er, horses, there's zero need to ramp up the drama further and Decazes and Chenaux treat the songs as smeared and sun-bleached tableaux, mostly letting the strange or disturbing details speak for themselves - Chenaux sounds an only ever-so-slightly discordant note in 'Le Deuil D'Amour' at the point where Decazes sings “ta mignonne s'en va mourir” – “you're sweetheart is dying”. Decazes's tone encompasses sympathy, poise and dreamy detachment, while Chenaux combines folky filigree and wah-pedal squelch and squall to provide a fertile bed." - David McKenna, The Quietus
"La bride résulte d’une collaboration suivie, affinée au fil de concerts minimalistes et envoûtants. Là où le charme du précédent tenait en partie à son côté disparate et imprévisible, celui-ci obéit à une ligne directrice plus précise. La voix et l’instrumentation, là encore, cherchent la distance adéquate et s’arrêtent à mi-chemin, là où chacune occupe précisément le même espace que l’autre, et s’y tiennent pratiquement tout du long. Ce sont deux voix, avant toute chose ; jamais le jeu d’Eric Chenaux ne se contente de souligner le chant comme un simple accompagnement." - Mélanie Fazi, Le Cargo
We are extremely happy to announce the upcoming release of "Paon perdu" on May 12, the debut album by Le fruit vert aka Marie-Douce St-Jacques and Andrea Jane Cornell. You can discover now the LP's first single, "Faire corps". The video was directed by Caroline Blais.
Released on three:four and silent water label.
Originally Oba Loba is a project of Norberto Lobo and João Lobo in order to satisfy their desire to compose music for a band. Their debut album, Oba Loba, released in 2015 and critically acclaimed, has been described as ‘hybrid instrumentals that cannibalise popular song’ (Clive Bell in The Wire, july 2015). Comparisons with Tom Zé or Jim O'Rourke were made to try to qualify a music hard to categorize.
Recorded in May 2015, Sir Robert Williams is the second album of the sextet. While most of the songs are composed by Norberto and João Lobo, the influence of the other members, especially pianist Giovanni Di Domenico, is more perceptible. Mixing composed and improvised parts, the increased complicity allows the band to develop clearer atmospheres, oscillating between minimalism and dense orchestrations, gaining in dynamics without losing fluidity and nuances. More accomplished but less immediate than his predecessor, Sir Robert Williams remains faithful to what this project represents for the original duo: an area of freedom where the pleasure of playing and the desire to share are claimed.
Available on LP and digital
When I recall the five days of Norberto Lobo and Eric Chenaux's September 2015 residency at Le Bourg in Lausanne, Switzerland, the first thing that comes to mind is Eric's enthusiasm for my partner Anne’s salad dressing. We knew we were receiving two gourmets, inexhaustible on the subject.
This residency, which I had invited my friend Laurent Bichara to record, was particularly close to my heart. Here were three people who are very dear to me in a place that is equally so. And yet, when Eric, Norberto and Laurent left, I was troubled.
After these few days of recording, I had no idea what the finished record would sound like. For four days I watched as two players interacted, with disconcerting composure, for varying lengths of time, at sound levels near the limits of the audible, without repetition. They seemed to drift with the mood of the moment, without trying to force anything. Only to play - together.
Eric and Norberto returned from a first editing and mixing session with 90 minutes of music. Later, while Norberto confided to us that these few days had enabled him to unlearn the guitar, Eric had already immersed himself in the mix with enthusiasm.
It is honestly difficult for me to connect the end result with what I heard during the residency. And yet, everything was already there. Eric, with help from Laurent and Cyril Harrison (who finalized the mix and the sound of the record), was able to rework the raw material to make perceptible what I had at first not been able to hear. It is discovered again with each new listen - more beautiful, more fluid, and always more complex. Without trying to comprehend this secret transformation, I prefer to continue to listen to The Byre simply for what it is.
And it's out today!
Available on LP and digital