THE APPROACH BEHIND PHASES, IN A FEW WORDS
THE LONG STORY BEHIND PHASES...
Over a year later, I was with my good friend and music producer Dominic Vanchesteing and we were having a similar conversation. He said: "get back to it, you really can't quit Montag, I can help you if you want". It was really the words "help you" that provoked a huge wave of motivation. Montag was always a really lonely project, for the most part. It's one of the reasons that I wanted to involve so many collaborators in Going Places back in 2007, and why I've enjoyed making music for theatre and dance where the work happens in a group of people. All of a sudden, the simple thought that I could work with someone else on some new music of my own made me feel much lighter and gave me the drive to get back to writing music again.
And I forget to mention that each PHASES single will come with a video. You can watch the videos here. They'll also be accompanied by a short audio documentary that will explain how the songs were written and recorded, available exclusively on SPOTIFY.
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NOT HIBERNATING AFTER ALL
Montag is back after what could seem like a long absence. But there hasn’t been one minute of silence from Antoine Bédard since his 2007 Carpark release, Going Places. There were in fact a few self-released mini-albums, including Hibernation (2008) coinciding with his return to Montréal and Des cassettes et un walkman jaune (2009),a covers EP, as well as a dozen remixes for the likes of M83, Au Revoir Simone and I'm From Barcelona and Stars. But it was his work as a sound designer that demanded most of his time: within the past five years, Bedard has written the scores to twenty theatre works presented throughout Canada, as well as original music for five contemporary dance pieces. In addition, he narrated and edited two audio guides and curated two soundwalks - installations exploring the relationship between music and architecture. In 2008, Bédard also co-founded, with two friends, a hugely successful bi-monthly electro-pop club night in Montréal called Mec Plus Ultra, hosting guest live bands like Miami Horror and Diamond Rings and exclusive DJ sets by The XX and Two Door Cinema Club. Not only the host, Montag was a resident DJ of the event, allowing him to share his favorite pop gems, including tunes by current labelmates Class Actress and Toro y Moi.
After four years of making music on a variety of different projects, it is time for Bédard to get back to his own creation. But making an album seems too restrictive, so Antoine comes up with Phases, opting for a singularly different approach: releasing one single a month over the course of the whole year, with each song creating its own sonic world, meant to be enjoyed one at a time. To add to the challenge, Montag will assign himself style restrictions to every month, keeping each single distinct and allowing him to explore new musical territory in the process.
Phases will have Montag following a few basic rules: each single must be created within a month and be accompanied by a b-side (either an original song, a cover or a remix) and a video. He will blog about the creative process in detail on his website, with extra information on how the tracks were recorded, their origins, the type of instruments used, etc. Each single will also have its own cover designed by Guadaljara-based graphic artist Curious Flux. As Going Places proved, Bédard enjoys collaborations and Phases should be no exception: most singles will be recorded with the help of special guests. Discover who each month on SPOTIFY and Montag's website. Each release will be accompanied by an audio documentary produced and narrated by Montag, explaining how the songs were written and produced.
Phases' first single, New Design, will be released on January 31st. The b-side is called Nova Heart, a cover of 80's Canadian band The Spoons, featuring actor Liane Balaban on vocals. The following singles will be released the last Tuesday of each month during 2012.
|graphic design and Phases artwork by Curiousflux|