ORAL_CD60 : ET\OU, En Chute Libre
Companion CD of
ORAL_LP61 : ET\OU, En Orbite
CD and LP on the ORAL label, produced by MINUTE
ET\OU arose from the convergence of two giants of current Canadian music: Martin Tétreault, a dazzling turntablist of international renown; and Michel Langevin, the famed drummer of the legendary progressive metal band, VOIVOD.
For this promising duo’s first LP and CD, ORAL and MINUTE have teamed up to introduce this unique partnership to all lovers of thundering sounds and electrifying performances. The intensity of their studio compositions and wide-open dialogues are unique and unmatched.
Michel Langevin is a drummer who made his mark in both heavy metal (over 25 years with the Jonquière band VOIVOD) and alternative music (numerous collaborations); the sheer physicality of his performances has left no listener indifferent. Martin Tétreault, known worldwide for his use of turntables, diverse surfaces and stringed instruments, is an experienced improviser with countless collaborations to his credit.
This “super group” has been in the making for several years. The pair’s first encounter dates back to April 12, 2007, at the 100% Batterie! event based on Martin Tétreault’s concept of playing exclusively drum solos on vinyl, and bringing together nine drummers in the same hall (Michel Langevin among them). Since then, the duo has performed on several occasions in Quebec, each highly memorable.
The two musicians have developed a sound that combines their respective practices, with a heavy accent on rhythm, percussion and tangled masses of sound that emerge from their vibrant exchanges. Sharing a clear musical affinity, each is open to the world of the other in a collaborative dynamic.
Martin Tétreault is here powerfully and abrasively percussive, while Michel Langevin approaches the drums as a complete instrument, a source of rhythmic variations and unusual textures. The range of possibilities thus expands for each instrumentalist. From this collision of musical genres and cross-pollination of practices, new approaches emerge, new avenues of diversity and creativity.
The compositions on these two disks were recorded in May 2013 at Studio Resther in Montreal and mixed in December 2013. They reflect the work of two musicians who complement each other rather than engage in a duel. With their extraordinary musical dialogues, accelerations, dynamic contrasts and unbridled energy, the two disks will simply take your breath away.
Their shows are like balls of fire, penetrating our souls and irradiating us with their astounding high-voltage sound. For all those interested in the galvanizing power of musicians who give all they have, this is absolute must listening!
And it’s certainly no coincidence that musician Stephen O’Malley will appear in Montreal for the launch of this debut CD and LP entitled ET\OU ! (March 24, 2014, Sala Rossa, Montreal)
Martin Tétreault is a prolific composer with whom Les Productions MINUTE has collaborated on numerous occasions, including solo shows, concerts featuring drummers, two albums and an exhibition. A self-taught turntablist and sound designer, this Montreal musician is known internationally for his improvisational work not only with turntables, but with found objects and fabricated items. He performs solo and in collaboration, working in music, dance, poetry, installation and performance art. He has appeared at numerous festivals devoted to performance, sound and media art in Canada, Oceania, Europe and Asia. His compositions have been released on various labels, including Ambiances magnétiques, Audioview, Oral and Vand’œuvre. Martin Tétreault is also a respected visual artist: his most recent installation, Phonographes vinylisés, was presented at the Manif d’art in Quebec City in May 2012.
Michel Langevin is a founding member of the legendary Canadian band VOIVOD. He plays drums, percussion and electronic instruments. Not only does he possess an innate sense of rhythm, but he reads and performs scores with prodigious skill. Since 2008, after a few years of silence, VOIVOD has enjoyed a rebirth, performing on both the national and international stages. At the same time, Langevin has shown great curiosity regarding any innovative project that can help develop his art. He is also a renowned graphic artist. He designed all of VOIVOD’s album covers, and is credited with the creation of the mythology of the post-apocalyptic vampire Lord Voivod, around which the band originally coalesced.
Source: ORAL_records, Les Productions MINUTE www.oral.qc.ca