September 25th 2015
Minority Records releases two new album for Autumn 2015, both are released and available starting today. The first one is Sylvain Chauveau's third album Un Autre Décembre, originally released in 2003 on FatCat Records imprint 130701 on CD, now making it available for the very first time on vinyl. This first edition comes on transparent 180 gram vinyl and is limited to 250 hand-numbered copies. The latter album is Post Office's The Marylebone Greenwave 2LP/CD/DOWNLOAD. Post Office features ex Moloko, Zero 7 and Freakpower member Eddie Stevens.
[MIN35] SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU - Un Autre Décembre LP
The Un Autre Décembre album is quiet, modest, and reflects every recorded idea. The coexistence of sound and simple melodies is uniquely lucid and fits into a peaceful night. Inspiration for the recording of this album and the title itself came from the lyrics of the Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, entitled 'Jaurés', that opens his thirteenth and last album 'Les Marquises' (1977). It looks at and discusses our grandparent's generation, who worked hard in the mines and Jacques's lyrics go as follows: 'Les Douze mois s'appelaient décembre - we've called the last twelve months December' and Sylvain himself adds: 'Un autre décembre - Another December - this is my response, which means that comfort and health will not prevent our generation from sadness and discontent, and that we also experience the winter period, although a little warmer due to the current climate.'
LP [180 gram LP on transparent vinyl] can be purchased in the online store now.
Furthermore on Sylvain Chauveau's release schedule this year:
How To Live In Small Spaces Sylvain Chauveau's new instrumental album, out on Brocoli Records on October 2nd 2015.
Down To The Bone Sylvain Chauveau's acoustic tribute album to Depeche Mode reissue on vinyl for the first time,
was reissued on Ici, D'Ailleurs on August 28th 2015.
[MIN32] POST OFFICE - The Marylebone Greenwave 2LP/CD/DOWNLOAD
Post Office named their debut album after the Marylebone Greenwave myth in London, where taxi drivers try to drive through King's Cross to the Marylebone flyover in one attempt, without stopping at any red traffic lights. Although possible and actually confirmed by the police, no one has yet managed to accomplish this feat and various attempts are usually the result of frequent bets. The album is a concept album dedicated to the life cycle and includes important moments from birth through to the final episode in the form of death. The story begins with the fascinating birth of new human life, through youthful indiscretion, crazed puberty and the breaking point, where adulthood is entered. The subsequent phase is about wandering through the monotony of everyday life, the feeling of helplessness, unfulfilled dreams and ambitions or failed relationships abruptly stopped by that red light. "Mr Trebus" is inspired by the true story of a man who fought for the right to horde rubbish and old junk in his house, an eccentricity that contrasts with the approach of old age. This composition is a precursor to the last chapter, symbolically delivered with death.
Some fairly unexpected guests appear on the album. For example, guitarist and vocalist Dedi Madden appears on the song "Rest", where he is also the co-author. The composition "Pin Out My Eyes" by Sia Furler will most likely grab the most attention. This is because of Sia's highly successful 2014 album "1000 Forms of Fear" and the accompanying singles, "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart", which were also released as videos that are still hugely popular. Her novel self-promotion is also a bonus; last year the name Sia Furler was most searched for name on the world's search engines. Further collaborators on "The Marylebone Greenwave" recording were Dave de Rose (drums), Rob Mullarkey (bass), Tom Chant (saxophone), Barnaby Dickenson (trombone), Trevor Mires (trombone), Neil Yates (trumpet, flugelhorn), Martin Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn), Guy Barker (trumpet, flugelhorn), Graeme Flowers (trumpet, flugelhorn), Clare Moss (French horn) a Dave Lee (French horn).
Eddie Stevens is well-known keyboard player here and an experimenter, composer and arranger. His collaborations include not only live performances with bands such as Freakpower (a project by Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim), Moloko and Zero 7, but he has also contributed to material by Róisín Murphy in the early days of her solo career, produced her latest "Hairless Toys" album and he put his signature to the sound of the album "Some People Have Real Problems" by Sia.
2LP [180 gram LP on transparent vinyl] can be purchased in the online store now.
2LP [180 gram LP on black vinyl] can be purchased in the online store now.
CD can be purchased in the online store now.
DOWNLOAD [FLAC, ALAC, MP3] can be purchased in the online store now.
November 16th 2014
Minority Records is happy to announce reissue of Sylvain Chauveau's second album Nocturne Impalpable while making it available for the very first time on vinyl. The first edition comes on transparent 180 gram vinyl and is limited to 250 hand-numbered copies.
"Nocturne Impalpable" represents a world of minimalism, abstraction and a contemporary approach to classical music. Sylvain Chauveau’s piano variations have often been likened to the creations of composers such as Harold Budd and Claude Debussy. At the same time, his multi-talent is evident when he combines with distinctive ease, the electronic elements, noise and ambient levels with monumental strings and piano preludes. The composer of the micro symphonies on the "Nocturne Impalpable" album is Sylvain himself, the only exception being the "Arachnéenne Encore" piece, composed by the pianist Olivier Lageyre. "Nocturne Impalpable" fully reveals Sylvain's compositional versatility. Other contributors to the recording of the album, in addition to Sylvain and Olivier, include Olivier Cavaillé (cello), Benoît Génot (viola), Eugen Fabris (cello), Vincent Pouplard (accordion), Matthias Meier (clarinet) and Xavier Carriere (trumpet). The experienced audio engineers, Joan Cambon and Frédéric Luneau, oversaw the recording and the final mix.
Vinyl album [180 gram LP] can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped to you on its release date on November 28th.
Sylvain Chauveau was born in 1971 in the French town of Bayonne, but now lives in Brussels. His extensive discography is enriched by various collaborations on projects such as 0, Arca and On. In addition, he has composed many film soundtracks and music for theatre productions. Sylvain collaborated with Stephan Mathieu and recorded a set of songs with lyrics by Bill Callahan, that were featured on the Palimpsest album and arranged the version of the song Vltava on the compilation Worx & Reworx by the Czech group Clarinet Factory. Depeche Mode fans will appreciate his acoustic versions of the hits by the synthpop legends, that are featured on the album Down To The Bone, which also includes the Ensemble Nocturne. To date, the latest release in his discography is the one year old Kogetsudai (the second part of the planned trilogy).