This guy’s from Quebec, that’s all I know about him so far. That’s a city in Canada. I do enjoy his use of those wreathes that people put on film posters which suggest that the film has won an award. I will admit that it’s a pet hate when someone uses them and says something like “Get a real job - My Mum”. That is a cliche joke right there.
Right onto the tracks, this is all going to be stream of consciousness.
So Far So Good
Holy shit, I don’t know what I expected from this random selection on Bandcamp, but that intro is winning me over immediately. Sinister. Absolutely love the fluid switching between French and English. Will admit that I don’t really understand what’s being said, but love that Vince Staples-esque dark flow. This is legit great.
An unexpected follow up. Not bad per se, but after that opener, it’s a bit lightweight, they don’t flow well together. The production on this is fantastic. I think if I’d heard this track I’d have still been impressed, but not quite to the level of So Far It’s Good. The lyrics are almost all in French for this one, with some strong auto-tune. Have to say, I do like the effect of switching language mid-sentence, though hard to judge it objectively without being able to understand it all. Do love the chorus on it, that chopped up horn is too good. Yeah, this guy’s good.
Il était moins une
Not knowing many examples of French rap, this keeps bringing to mind that Modeselektor track when he’s going all out. “I’m pretty high for a weiss guy” nice. The beat on this one reminds me a bit of Clipse, the Modeselektor comparison doesn’t just line up with the Frenchness either, there’s more to it. Unexpectedly catchy chorus all things considered, but it works in its brevity. The underlying dread reminds me a bit of early The Weeknd too. The ending just coming out of nowhere is damn good too.
Great song title, and the first song that’s sounded like it naturally flows on from the previous on the album. Not so keen on the vocal delivery so far, sounds a little like it’s been intentionally left ‘raw’ to try and make a point as though it’s about to lead into some 8-Mile shit. The chorus feels a little pompous on this one I’ll admit, easily my least favourite track so far. The production is still great, but feels like a rehash of other ideas rather than something new. Kind of glad I don’t understand the lyrics on this one, since I have a feeling they’re about overcoming some sort of adversity in a Hollywood-esque manner. Obviously I’ve got nothing to base this on, but language isn’t all in the words themselves. “These things, they take time” as a chorus hook is a bit flacid. If this had been the first track of his I’d heard, I probably wouldn’t listen to any more. Not radically different, but just a lot more generic.
Devenir immortel (et puis mourir)
Starting with an acoustic guitar hey? Well I’ll try not to judge too hard, but outside of Miguel that’s something which hasn’t done much for me. Ooooh, will admit, I did like that downward pitch shift on the loop once the bass kicked in. Yeah, quite like this one, no words in English yet so I can imagine what the lyrics are. Nice little excessively dramatic synthy breakdown there, nice touch. Actually, the slight variations on that acoustic guitar riff are pretty damn good. Whoever’s producing this appreciates subtlties, this is great. The singing on the chorus doesn’t do much for me, actually just noticed “love is in the little things” in English there, this guy’s gotta stop letting me understand him with his generic English phrases. Second breakdown goes for some full reverb dramatic music, more proof that this production is great. This track is amazing, just a shame the vocals didn’t meet the promise of the rest of it.
Toutes les femmes savent danser
Another ‘pop’ one, seems to be this guy’s weakest moments. Reminds me a bit of that Ed Sheeran song where he tried to be ‘urban’. Fuck off Ed. The guy just said “shorty got away”, interesting. One of my least favourite so far, the core riff reminds me too much of Ed Sheeran and that guy is such a prick, that’s not an association I need. Not badly produced or anything, just sounds like this is the “single” and it’s a bit boring. Wouldn’t turn it off if it came on the radio bad, but doesn’t meet the promise of some of the rest of it.
We’re back into Vince Staples territory. Starts pretty strongly, let’s see where this one goes. Oh man, that chorus was unexpected, just realised this whole thing hinges on some heavily processed 80s cheese, suddenly getting vibes of MJ. Yes, this is the best direction this song could have taken. This is definitely another one of the highlights. “We do anything in this world just to be sleeping with girls”, something endearing in the simplistic English grammar. Oooh, sounds like the first guest spot on the third verse with some guy who says “girls” a lot despite the rest being French. This guy likes using English a lot more, though everything he says is pretty cliche. Why does everyone like Gucci? It’s a shame they don’t have TK Maxx in Australia, but that’s not important now. Third verse was the weakest, that guest spot was a bit token. The breakdown feels very reminiscent of the last track, and the way it ends is reminiscent of the third. I liked them then, but this guy needs to know when not to labour an idea.
Hell What A View
Nice synth riff there, that gave me a big grin. Genuinely would love to hear this producer working with someone else. Not that this is bad, but he’s just too good. Auto-tune back for the singing on this one, and the vocals are about girls and stuff I think. Some guy is now shouting “What A View” over the chorus, that wasn’t necessary. Didn’t really add anything. Aside from that great lick, this one feels a little bit empty, not much to it. It’s not terrible, just a little dull. Starting to get the feeling that the interchange of language is a bit clunky than clever, splitting at the end of sentences rather than playing on different meanings of the same words. What the fuck, the “What A View” guy is back, he needs to leave right now. It’s like they’re trying to make more of a chorus out of a relatively subtle song. “HEY GUYS, THIS IS THE CHORUS, IT HAS THE NAME OF THE SONG IN IT!”. More Weeknd production notes and trap beats giving it that ominous atmosphere. It’s still going. This one doesn’t deserve to be one of the longest on the album. The brevity of these tracks has been one of their greatest strengths so far, knowing when to end it, but this one’s gone on so long that the main lick is now being played on a piano. Oh that was enough, it ended.
On my life
“My music was born in America”. Every time the lyrics switch to English it’s some ludicrously boring statement. This one’s 5:56 I noticed, the longest track on the album. Seems to be based around an out-of-tune music box which is alright. Not going to lie, the novelty of this is starting to wear thin at this point. It’s not bad at all, just that I think I got overexcited at the start expecting this to be a crock of shit. Whoever that guest is on the second verse is pretty decent, liking this guy and the “just might be feminist” and “home invasiooooons!” is a bit more interesting as far as sudden English goes. OK, just checked the timer and we’re half way through. There doesn’t feel enough to this one to warrant it to go on as long again as it has already. Another guest spot. I get the feeling that this is the one where they decided to let their friends have a go too. Maybe they had a fondue party and then laid down a verse each. Something about “Martin Lawrence”. Unexpected. Fondue’s not great for vocals though really is it. Maybe they all just had a mug of ‘hot beena’ each and then went for it. Yeah, this one drags a bit. Maybe I’d have a different opinion if I spoke French, but it didn’t deserve this length. Oh man, I thought it finished at 5:30 but then it came back again. Naughty. Fading out now, great.
Une année record
It’s the last track! Prettiest opening to any of the tracks so far, feels like it could become an Avalanches song or something. Ooh, now the beat is in, it’s different again. Yeah, I’m liking the jazzy sample this one’s based around, gives the album some variation it needs. Doesn’t feel like a last track though, this album hasn’t flowed well at all. This is definitely one of the better ones though, there’s a Thundercatness to it (nowhere near as jazzy though) which I like. “God damn, god bless America” said the frontman. Meh. Really like the bass sound and bass line on this one. Little bit of sax there, definitely feels like a song that’d have sax on it. Good to end the album on a high note and that’s what this one does. Ooh, even a little electric guitar in there too, the underlying samples are Destroyer Kaputt levels of cheese, but you’d almost not notice it. Stripped back to just a piano now, feels about right, neat little way to close things out.
No idea who this guy is, but this was a decent random album to listen to apropos of nothing. Will definitely listen again, particuarly the ones that I liked. Great job @1101010!