Recorded between Lausanne and Brussels during summer 2019, this new series of songs by Meril Wubslin dig deeper in this tribal, rustic and minimal tendency that they had in the two previous albums. It is the desire to search for sounds, to manipulate matter : sound matter, rhythmic matter, to knead it to its hottest point, that guided the work of composition. All vintage guitars were recorded without amps. Tambourines and other maracas were approached as a drum kit. But the harmonies and melodies are still present and sometimes event enhanced by the occasional participation of a choir of female voices or a minimal synth line. Always with this desire to use French, their mother tongue, while trying to avoid the trap of « variété française ».
« With this new album, we wanted to try something slightly different with the sound. Explore new ways to record our instruments and voices. Thus we decided to put away our amplifiers that we used for rockier moods. And we tried the acoustic option. We were surprised by the wide range of possibilities, much more direct and much more emotional actually. About the texts, we still insist with this open way of writing, a mixture between abstract and concrete which offers several understandings. With this liberty in the structure, we avoid the predominance of the message, to go towards a more sensitive and open meaning. »
Choir : Constance von Braun, Anne Ducret, Anne Hartmann, Valérie Liengme, Laure-Elia Sauthier, Leili Yahr,
Trombone : Jérome Bugnon
Recorded by Jérémie Conne et Christian Garcia-Gaucher entre Renens (Studio Silo) et Bruxelles (Studio Berkendael), summer 2019
Production : Christian Garcia-Gaucher
Mastering : Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic
Painting : Marius Huguenin
Design : Félix Vincent
Set in Lausanne & Brussels, MW is the musical project of Christian Garcia-Gaucher, guitarist-composer of Velma and Valérie
Niederoest (Toboggan/Wild Guys), with Jérémie Conne (Toboggan/Rosqo).
A trio, focusing on voice harmonies, guitar dialogues, repetition and heady rhythms, MW develops great organic strength live. The musicians get in direct contact with the audience and provoke a trance....more
Incredible album by this group that increase in size with each album. Their best yet, and some more variety in the vocals with the English vocals on So Many Things a surprise and a great commentary on modern life. Some really catchy riffs and as ever some amazing percussion work. PS -worth buying the CD to read the lyrics. Alan Terrill