Following her dazzling guest vocal turns on The Chemical Brothers recent album, French singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Halo Maud today announces news of her new album Celebrate, due out 22nd March.
To accompany the announcement Maud has shared a video for first single “Terres Infinies”. An almighty blast of baroque psych-pop that’s equal parts Imperial phase Stereolab-style avant pop and Lonerism-era Tame Impala, the track was produced by Maud with Greg Saunier (Deerhoof). Inspired by a Soviet sci-fi classic, it houses a madly catchy, wordless chorus that will loop around in your head from the very first time you hear it. The track comes accompanied by a suitably psychedelic video.
Commenting on the track Halo Maud says:
“A friend suggested that I see the film ‘Stalker’ by Tarkovski. The general ambience haunted me for some time. I began to have a recurring dream of a dried-up and deserted landscape that I had to traverse, without looking back, to find fertile lands. Then I realized this wasn’t too far from the actual state of affairs. I needed to cultivate a sense of humour about it. Simply put, turn this vision upside down. I imagined a place where we could drink directly from the clouds and read our futures in the trees, which is where this song came from. I produced it, along with a few others on the album, in collaboration with Greg Saunier. Discovering his group – Deerhoof – was one of the biggest musical shocks of my life. Working with him was a dream come true.”
Halo Maud’s new album Celebrate it more than lives up to its name. The opening title track like a lo-fi broadcast from a nearby radio before opening out into a glorious cacophony of bass and discordant guitar. By the time the track reaches its middle section, it’s as if curtains have been pulled back to reveal a psychedelic party kicking off in your back garden. It’s obvious that you’re invited, you just need to bring an open mind.
“The title song draws a curved line between a moment of introspection and a group of women dancing in the round. Many things happen while in a collective trance. We are cleansed, we commune, we are reborn. But this awakening can also be a bit violent for the body, which is why the song needed something explosive, something exciting and brutal to cut off “la saudade” (a deep longing for something that is absent). The main guitar riff I used to as a base to construct this song came to me out of the blue one day. My guitar (I only have one) is a ’60s Silvertone. It is my favorite instrument. I have been playing it for almost a decade without ever getting tired of it. With its constantly evolving effects pedal board, it never ceases to surprise and inspire me.”
For multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Halo Maud, the title of both song and album reflect from her natural reactions to the creation of the music itself.
“For me, music contains what words cannot. It is its power to shape these things, and it’s what I hope to find while taking random bits, here and there, from the pitch of each note, their texture, their timbres, massaging and mixing them together until the sound resembles what is inside me. When everything fits together well the words settle in with the music to spread their clues. That’s when the song is ready. I called the album ‘Celebrate’ because I danced a lot while creating it. I now feel that I can release it into the air. I hope that it will alight in your hands and ears, keep you company and resonate within you through multiple waves.”
Those multiple waves are Celebrate’s twelve tracks. Collectively, they offer a seamless mix of French and English; analogue electronics, scratchy guitars and tumbling drums; dream pop, woozy Yé-Yé and 1960s and 2020s psychedelia. Recorded between Paris and Los Angeles, it’s a glorious mix that has the ability to leave the listener blissfully disorientated.
Tour Dates to be announced soon!
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