We think it’s safe to call Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche a bit of a Montreal supergroup, its members having been active in this city’s experimental rock communities for well over a decade, including participation in Panopticon Eyelids, Pas Chic Chic, Red Mass, Set Fire to Flames, and, from the Constellation roster, Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil has solidified over the past year into a tight four-piece unit, and careened towards mastery of a highly original, deeply satisfying, giddy and heady avant-funk.
The pair of exquisite and exhilarating 20-minute pieces featured on Zubberdust! is the culmination of the group’s first two years of conceptual and somatic development. (The pieces are subdivided into sections for CD and digital track IDs.) This is (mostly) instrumental rock that exuberantly succeeds in blending a primitivist, hypnotic energy with cerebral pleasures, seeding an addictive trail of sonic brain-candy throughout the mixes. The band wholly embodies and channels its inimitable square grooves, while teasing out the innumerable joys of repetition via micro-deployments of ever-shifting electronic overlays – along with the occasional full-stop and 180 degree turn. JS Truchy’s wordless lead vocals (and his choral arrangement on “Face à l’instant”) add compelling textural and melodic counterpoints while lending the music an especially timeless, deterritorialised and emotive dimension.
Watch the mesmerising video for “Face à l’instant” by filmmaker Charlers Barabé here: