"Guerre EP"
vinyl, digital
2. Les vacances
3. Les oiseaux
4. Les plus beaux jours

New EP & new album on Crammed Discs

Experimental pop band Aquaserge has been a subterranean driving force in the international music scene for the last few years, inspiring and influencing countless musicians. Originally formed by three friends (Julien Barbagallo, Julien Gasc & Benjamin Glibert) in the south-western French city of Toulouse, Aquaserge soon became a shifting collective involving many collaborators (including mainstays Audrey Ginestet and Manon Glibert), while the band’s three founders went on to also become (respectively) part of Tame Impala, Stereolab and Melody’s Echo Chamber. Aquaserge also have a long-time association with Japanese band Acid Mothers Temple.

Aquaserge
’s resolutely polymorphous music draws from sources as diverse as original psych pop, free jazz, noise, vintage French film music, pataphysics, and the most adventurous side of ‘60s/’70s rock (say, from kraut to Canterbury to cult Gallic bands such as ZNR). All absorbed and playfully transmuted to create their own unique, cinematic & contemporary sound, imbued with a particular poetic and humourous approach which informs both their lyrics and music. Their tracks include instrumental excursions, intriguing harmonies, and pristine pop songs, always ready to joyfully burst at the seams.

The word “Aquaserge” has been whispered like a secret password between artists and music fans, they’re epitomes of musicians’ musicians (at a recent show in Brussels, the audience contained members of practically all the exciting young local bands… and the same would certainly be true in London, Berlin or L.A.). Aquaserge have cultivated and enjoyed their low-key, behind-the-scenes profile, but are now ready to present their attractive music to a wider audience.

We at Crammed Discs are delighted and honored to welcome such an awe-inspiring band to our roster. In September, we will be releasing* Aquaserge’s new Guerre EP (“War EP”, which also reads phonetically as “War and Peace” in French), while their new album will come out in early 2017.

Guerre EP
contains 4 songs: a make-believe cumbia, a rock track with strong political subtext, an astonishing cover version of an astonishing piece (Chassol’s Les Oiseaux, in which he harmonized field recordings of bird songs) and a summery love song.

Aquaserge
are an impressive live band. With a steady line-up now including Manon Glibert on clarinets, Audrey Ginestet on bass, drummers Julien Chamla and/or Julien Barbagallo, Julien Gasc on keys and vocals & Benjamin Glibert on guitar, they’ve performed at events as wildy diverse as the Liverpool Psych Fest, R.I.O. Festival, Faust’s Klangbad or select Paris club Le Silencio.

The band will be touring from November onwards to support their new releases.


* In association with French indie label Almost Musique


Releases

AQUASERGE - Laisse ca etre
AQUASERGE
Laisse ca etre
cram278
AQUASERGE - Guerre EP
AQUASERGE
Guerre EP
cram274
AKSAK MABOUL - 'REVUE'
AKSAK MABOUL
'REVUE'
cram271