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Chevalier Avant Garde contributed this OST-style mix to the excellent 20 Jazz Funk Greats for their Saturday mixtape series. In it, you’ll find some of the sounds and snippets that inspired their new album, Resurrection Machine.
The first 50 orders for their LP will include a home-dubbed cassette tape with a reworked version of this mix and a new bonus track.
Joining us for our infrequent Saturday mixtape club this week is Chevalier Avant Garde who eschew the bouncing temple pop of Heterotopias for a woozy desert shore. If Peckinpah had made Cowboys Vs Aliens* and if the Aliens had killed almost everyone and fucked off before the film even started, this would sound track it quite well. Strung out and desolate, echoing end of the pier fatalism and that unnerving, distorted optimism that you know is just about to be contrasted with a wide shot of the apocalypse. All the good stuff basically.
Going into this project, we had no idea that we were going to end up with such a monster post. But hey, it’s incredibly exciting to see so many of our favourite labels, artists (and recent discoveries) kicking out new tunes!
If you need something to look forward to after the summer, check out this list that Weird Canada put together of upcoming Canadian small-press releases.
fuck yes, my homeshake tape came in the mail today! I can’t say enough good things about this tape and it’s great to finally be able to listen to it without having to stream it off bandcamp. If you dig Mac DeMarco (and co.) and haven’t heard this yet, you’ve been missing out.
The memory of pain when the pain has long since faded, “Nowhere” is a gorgeous piece that, in the title at least, hints at a yearning directionlessness. The first track on Resurrection Machine at once announces that Montreal-based Chevalier Avant Garde have set sights above and below their streamlined electronic club-bound emissions of yore. Here Dimitri and Filip step into the half-light of nostalgia, obscured by lush electronics that tug at memories of lost midnight rambles and a melodicism that reminds one of Maurice Deebank-era Felt. Being masters of light and shade, the duo deploy cinematic touches and echoes of past phases of their shared history throughout their 2nd full length. A perfectly executed suite of dark pop songs that pull everywhere at once, Chevalier Avant Garde steadily reveal a seam of melancholic loss that draws us in to their soundworld with no road map to speak of.
This is it folks, it don’t get much better: the long-awaited debut recording from cherished guitar-poppers Mavo. Led by Osaka-born Mitz Takahashi, Mavo have been active in one way or another for over 5 years, and have only just now made their music available for those living outside the 514.
Mavo’s sound is essentially a college-rock crash course: tenderizing feedback and über-infectious/repetitive bass lines à la Yo La Tengo, cheeky, accented vocals à la Television Personalities and explicit lyrical references to The Velvets and The Fall.
All of this could easily add up to less-than-zero in the hands of hack-amateurs. However, Mavo have an impeccable knack for amateurism, their charms tumble to your ear with great ease and amenity. Nothing here feels poured over and yet each scraggly piece fits perfectly with the next, making Mavo’s maiden voyage an endlessly listenable, thumb-twiddling blend of humble humour and Horatian observation.
(Plus, ten extra masterclass points to Mavo for fitting so many funny, intertwining reference points into eight minutes of music. I can’t even think of how to explain one of them in print without going into a stupid amount of detail and thus destroying any humour therein.)