Ensemble (CA)

Originaire de Toulouse, en France, mais habitant aujourd'hui à Montréal, Olivier Alary crée Ensemble, son alter ego musical, en 1998. Il désire alors explorer le pont entre bruit mélodique et pop déjantée. En 2000, il lance son premier album sur Rephlex records, Sketch Proposals, qui se retrouve entre les mains de Björk. Il travaillera avec elle entre autres pour la chanson Desired Constellation de l'album Medulla. Pour enregistrer son album suivant, Alary voyage de Montréal à Atlanta, puis de la Dordogne française à Berlin pour s'imprégner de différentes atmosphères. En 2006, son album éponyme voit le jour, enrichi entre autres par les collaborations de Chan Marshall (Cat Power) et Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr.). L'album Ensemble, paru sur Fatcat records, est la rencontre d'ambiances électroniques feutrées et lounge avec des orchestrations symphoniques et un folk-pop intimiste. En concert, Alary prend la guitare et son laptop, et il chante entouré d'un claviériste et d'un batteur.

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Hailing from Toulouse, France, and now living in his adopted city of Montreal, Olivier Alary created Ensemble, his musical alter ego, in 1998. Initially looking to mine ground between melodic noise and off-kilter pop, Ensemble released their first disc, Sketch Proposals, on Rephlex records. It soon found its way into the hands of one Björk Gudmundsdóttir. Alary eventually remixed several of the Icelandic diva’s tracks before co-writing and producing Desired Constellation, on her album Medúlla. For the follow-up to Sketch Proposals, Alary travelled from Montreal to Atlanta to Dordogne, by way of Berlin, soaking up a diversity of atmospheres. The self-titled second album from Ensemble was released on the Fatcat imprint in 2006. Enriched by guest spots from Chan Marshall (Cat Power) and Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr), it melds shimmering electronica and lounge with symphonic orchestrations and intimate folk-pop. Live, Alary plays guitar, manipulates his laptop and sings, accompanied by a keyboardist and drummer.

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Discogs

  • Volt-AA (02) La Grille / The Grid
  • Disown, Delete
  • Ensemble
  • Envies D'Avalanches
  • Excerpts
  • Panic Amigo: Piano Magic Remixed 12"
  • Cocoon
  • It's In Our Hands
  • Triumph Of A Heart
  • And She Would Darken The Memory
  • Heavy Ghost Appendices
  • Find The Others
  • Summertime (The Remixes)
  • Cocoon
  • Lunceford Special
  • Lunceford Special. Volume 1
  • At The Crescendo Vol. 2
  • Den Nye Danske Version Af Hair 1996
  • Selected Recordings
  • The Pajama Game
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