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Mains de Givre is a guitar/violin-centered ambient project involving self-taught experimentalist Eric Quach and classically trained musician Émilie Livernois-Desroches, from Montreal.
Quach is widely known for the experimental drone/shoegaze work he’s produced under his thisquietarmy alias and also is the founder of the post-rock band Destroyalldreamers.
Livernois-Desroches has played violin since she was seven years old and has been a part of various chamber music and symphonic orchestras. She also performs/performed with a wide variety of bands in styles ranging from pop to post-rock to medieval folk-black metal such as Le Diable aux Corsets, Sugarshack, Les Bâtards du Nord, Marie-Mai and Profugus Mortis.
So far, they’ve released one album called ‘Esther Marie’ in 2010 on Textura (Canada) which was nicely received, as well as an EP “Insomnie à l’Ail” on TQA Records (Canada) & several tracks on various compilations.
‘Mort” regroups works from the last recording sessions in 2010 & 2011.
It might be the final release for this project.
As a sort of pantheist, or at least an artist who finds great stories hiding in the vast visual subtleties of nature – Subtle Trees is a classical music collage as much as it is an homage to classical music. It’s core is created through sounds gathered in the owl hours by sampling ancient instruments whose cores were derived from the trees of nature. These sounds were layered like lichen on an ancient pantheistic sculpture.
Jonathan Canupp is a name you should know but probably don’t, but then again might. He records under Ten and Tracer and I’ve been into his records for ages and ages now. Back when I was checking out early net label releases, Jonathan came up as one of two people whose work in their entirety I just fell in love with. And funny how he actually works with the other artist now and lives in the same damn city – the person being a certain Jason Corder (offthesky, Juxta Phona) no less. He makes wonderful IDM music and in fact I may have asked him years ago now to make us a ‘meaty beaty’ record. And along he comes with the very cheek of making some sublimely evolved, subtly woven record using violin, tape machines, guitars, maybe some keyboards and other stuff too. Friendless Now is a beautifully realised work, and one of my favourite Ten and Tracer releases to date.
Bridge Carols is the meeting of two artists with unique timeless approaches to music. Neo-Americana folk singer Laura Gibson is gifted with a soft and singular voice (not unlike the voices of Josephine Foster and Joanna Newsom) and writes songs that could date back a century or foretell a future rural life. Electronician Ethan Rose is vested in antiquated instruments and technologies – a sonic recycler who, out of the old, has been creating a new form of ambient music.