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In the heart of Montreal, the year 2010 marked the inception of a minimal synth phenomenon known as Police Des Mœurs. This duo, composed of Francis Dugas and Manuelle Gauthier, is now introducing their fifth LP, COMMENCEMENT, a collection of ten tracks that intricately interlace themes of existential quandary, the inexorable march of time, and the perennial human quest for meaning and solace amidst life’s tumults.
COMMENCEMENT adeptly delves into life’s nuances, evoking a range of emotions from despair to a longing for deeper connections with nature’s tranquility. Through intricate musical compositions that include introductions, suspension bridges, and extended finales reminiscent of Kraftwerk and NEU!, the duo of Dugas and Gauthier skillfully combines catchy melodies, delivered through synths and vocals, with their distinctive rhythmic energy on multiple tracks.
Aptly introducing the LP, the track Commencement conveys a sense of powerlessness in the face of life’s challenges, suggesting that living itself can be a burden or affliction. Sablier reflects on the passage of time and the search for meaning in life. Serment evokes the passage of time, where days come and go while someone remains present. A message of hope and the importance of holding onto a helping hand is conveyed in Cantique. Conversely, Soif describes a scene of turmoil and struggle, with tears, soot, and flames at a palace where even the masters are brought to their knees.The feeling of pain, loss, and the enduring pursuit of something beyond is expressed in Reprende, Hirondelle speaks of a yearning for a bygone era and a desire for reconnection with nature and peace.
Sung in French, their minimalistic lyrics serve as poetic fragments intricately woven into wildly imaginative compositions and meticulous arrangements. Within this artistic framework, they transform their words into powerful incantations. These recurring motifs, originating from deep contemplation, encapsulate the essence of renewed promises, rallying cries for rebellion, and the tantalizing allure of a distant and enigmatic joy.
Listen below and report back from your next coven gathering – we think this beautiful collection will really summon something special.
Having graced labels such as Visage Musique, Atelier Ciseaux, Mannequin Records, and Electronic Emergencies with their creations, Police Des Mœurs continues to carve their niche in the annals of synth music.
Their latest album, COMMENCEMENT, is an atmospheric synth odyssey. Order your passage here.
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