The beauty of standing still
Montreal-based musician and producer Joss Tellier returns with a new ambient and experimental record, "a record I though I'd never make; finding the right headspace for making such relaxed pieces just never seemed to happen... Well; here it is finally..." says Tellier. He adds: "crafting a record where almost nothing happens is an old dream of mine, and it's been harder to do than I imagined." Like in real life : isn't SILENCE harder to keep than talking all the time ?
With interesting guests all over the record (fellow montrealers Carl Bastien, François Plante, Martin W. Roy, Alexandre Doucet and close associate F.C. de Legault) it is a perfect setting for the more delicate side of Tellier's guitar playing and 'lazy composing', some of which he describes as "somewhat automatic, kinda like the old surrealist writers, the association of words/tones is more important to me than the actual musical language being used. Both ways, one "gets the point", if you you know what I mean." Lazy might seem a bit negative a term for describing his writing approach; but Tellier finds it comforting: "we are so self-absorbed with performance, as jazz musicians... I don't mind taking it easy every now and then...". Sounds like a good plan. Buddhism-in-sound ?
Anyway, I like it. I think this is a special record; a good record to listen to while you stare at the horizon.
Or facing a forest.
Or a lake.
Or a fire.
- Eugène Dübisch, february 2013
1- Début De Rhume
Alexandre Doucet - electric guitar
F.C. de Legault - Nord Lead
Joss Tellier - drums, bass, acoustic guitars, editing
Recorded + mixed @ Doctor's Sound Clinic
2- Au Chalet De Monsieur Plante
Frank Plante - upright bass
Joss Tellier - acoustic guitars, high-strung tenor guitar, Casio CT-648, Bontempi organ, Wurlitzer, glockenspiel, drums
Recorded @ Doctor's Sound Clinic, 2011 (+ additional drums / Wurlitzer @ Le Studio B, 2013)
Mixed @ Studio Victor by F.C. de Legault and Joss Tellier
3- Plaine Arctique
Carl Bastien - Korg MS-20, electric guitar (left channel)
Martin W. Roy - bass
Joss Tellier - Drums, main electric guitar, acoustic guitars
Recorded @ La Maison Brune (2006) and @ Doctor's Sound Clinic (2013)
Mixed @ Doctor's Sound Clinic (2013)
4- Au Dégel
Joss Tellier - Drums, percussion, bass, Hammond organ, electric guitar
Recorded and mixed @ Doctor's Sound Clinic (2013)
Mastered @ Studio Victor, february 2013 by F.C. de Legault
All mixing and recording done by Joss Tellier except where noted
Cover photo by Cat Choquette
Graphics by La Douce
Thanks to all non-violent love-makers on Earth.
Thanks to M. d'Oubichoux, the savior of 2012.