Country : Canada (Quebec) Label : Midira Genres and styles : Ambient / Drone / Minimalist Year : 2020

Rivière Rouge

· by William Paulhus

If ambient music is part of your daily life, maybe you’ve already stumbled upon one of the many productions of the Montrealer hiding behind the pseudonym Grandbruit. The man who claims nine albums and EPs since the creation of this project in 2019 already has a tenth coming in July on the American label Healing Sound Propagandist. However, it’s on his most recent, Rivière Rouge, that our attention will be focused for the moment. This release marks an important step in the life of the musician who finds himself on an international label, and not a small one, for the very first time. You might know Midira Records for its close collaboration with Canada’s Aidan Baker and thisquietarmy for many years. It will be interesting to see if the Berlin-based record company will succeed in propelling a new artist from here in such a significant way.

Despite his daunting, if not unbelievable, productivity, Grandbruit is not showing any signs of running out of breath. His immense devotion allows the autodidact to find the necessary balance between hard work, family life, and his burning need to create. His gentle and very imaginative approach to ambient was born from the discovery of projects such as Gas and loscil, one might deduce that the relationship to nature and travel is intrinsic to his music. Rivière Rouge is the umpteenth proof of this with its ravishing cover that transports us into the immensity and beauty of the Quebec landscape. His cyclical compositions and his use of photography are reminiscent of the sumptuous music of Benoît Pioulard and Chihei Hatakeyama, two musicians who’ve obviously had a great influence on him. If you have a penchant for the more hypnotic and meditative side of ambient music, and prefer to leave distortion and soaring flights aside, what Grandbruit produces is definitely for you. Whether it’s to accompany your reading, your creative impulses, or simply to relax, you’ve just made a discovery that could captivate you for hours.

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