These sweet melodies are not what they seem to be : like fairy tales, they only exist to give room to demons and monsters haunting a man’s own world…
Haunted Days is a story of passion, which started when the young musician met his destiny on a rainy sunday afternoon, as he was watching “Young Guns 2”.
Ahead of his time, the “playlister” and autodidact quickly phased out listening to Bon Jovi. And it’s armed with a couple of Christmas’ presents – a Walkman and a double tape deck – that he spent his teenage years compiling quirky recordings. He also developed a taste for sampling and field recording, enabling him to mature a very unique and personal way of producing a musical style, matching his very own sensitivity.
The beauty lies in the realism transcending the music : aesthetic and wrapped in an elegant melancholy.
Far away in a forest where memories wander, you can hear a ghostly orchestra sprinkling obsolete notes, confronting what one would imagine a beat box programmed by an IA could sound like.
The kind of music taking you to a place where Mark Z. Danielewski would be seen going side by side with Tristan Egolf, and where Patrick Bateman would argue with Arturo Bandini (“Midnight, the stars and you” by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble playing in the background).
A discrete influence on this first solo album, the jazz of the 30s crosses the soundscapes of James Reindeer’s post-rock rap, to then rub shoulders with the composer James Leyland Kirby (aka The Caretaker) and finally dices with the label Anticon, leaving traces of nostalgic, but never endured fantasy in its path, mistaken memories confined in these eleven titles of a cold beauty.
You will find no castles or horse-drawn vehicles in this tale, but travel at a launchpad’s thrust speed, through the days, Haunted Days that is…tormented ones.
The Ballroom Tape
Photo credit : Claire Quiroule
Biography : Bigg Shooker