Posted in music | tour dates on July 20, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Automelodi - Buanderie Jazz (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martial Canterel - Windscreen (MP3)


Synthy Montreal Automelodi trio are visiting NYC this week, playing two shows: Wednesday, July 21 at Home Sweet Home, and then Friday, July 23 at Glasslands.

I'm not sure I understand the differences between darkwave, coldwave, minimal wave, minimal synth and what have you, but am a fan of the bands and scene to whom they owe a debt. (Think early Mute Records, OMD, Dalek I Love You, French New Wave, etc) The problem with a some of it for me -- and it's a problem with many sonically-specific genres -- is that aesthetics can come before songcraft.

Not so with Montreal's Automelodi who most definitely are channeling 1981 but have songs as well-crafted as their haircuts. I heard them for the first time last November while attending M for Montreal and have been listening to their self-released EP ever since. A couple of those EP tracks have resurfaced on Automelodi's debut which was released last week on Wierd Records, which is kind of the label for this scene. Main man Xavier Paradis knows his way around a hook, and fleshes the production out just enough to keep things interesting. That most of the songs are in French adds to the sophisticated, enigmatic vibe. It's a solid album start-to-finish. Have a listen to "Buanderie Jazz" at the top of this post and there's a video for "Schéma Corporel" below.

Martial Canterel

The Home Sweet Home show is part of the long-running Wierd night; The Glasslands show is a record release party that also features Martial Canterel (Sean McBride of Xeno and Oaklander) whose new album will be out on Wierd in November. Until then you can check out "Windscreen" which is from Wierd Compilation Volume II: Analogue Electronic Music 2008.

Dates, flyer and a video below...

Automelodi - Schéma Corporel


Automelodi - 2010 Tour Dates
Jul 21 Home Sweet Home New York, NY
Jul 23 Glasslands Gallery Brookyln, NY
Aug 3 Glasslands Gallery (DJ SET) Brooklyn, New York



Comments (5)

fantastic band, and one of the best of the year so far! can't wait to see them!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 3:50 PM

Automelodi are incredible- one of the best modern synth artists to date. These shows will definitely be a treat.

For nerds only:
Coldwave refers to French post-punk bands that followed in the wake of bands like The Chameleons and Joy Division. Examples include Asylum Party, Opera De Nuit, Humour Malade, End of Data, Martin Dupont, Norma Loy, Clair Obscur, Baroque Bordello, Babel 17, Anechoic Chamber, Charles de Goal, Trisomie 21, Little Nemo etc.

Minimal Synth is primarily driven by drum machines, minimal song structures, and copious synths. Influenced heavily by OMD and early Human League material. Examples include Oppenheimer Analysis, Psychic Youth, Absolute Body Control, Linear Movement, Jeff and Jane Hudson, Nine Circles, Short Wave Mystery, Oviforma Sci, Guyer's Connection, etc.

Minimal Wave is a catch-all genre created in the wake of Minimal Wave Records, which collects and reissues several lost classics. It basically comrpises both coldwave and minimal synth, as well as expanding to obscure EBM and italo disco releases.

Darkwave, to me, always meant dark Synth Pop- stuff like Clan of Xymox, Moev, Psyche, Litfiba, Wolfsheim, etc.

Automelodi pretty much tosses all these genres into one killer record, with nods to both Italo Disco and the New Romantics (Visage, Duran Duran, Japan etc.) Lots of styles covered in one slim little volume.

For those into checking out the classics, I highly recommend Angular's new Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics Vol. I. comp. Lots of obscure goodies, not a single track of filler!

Posted by Frankie Teardrop | July 20, 2010 4:01 PM

i'd like these bands better, if they had better hair.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 10:54 PM

Sean Mcbride is a big Intellectual.

No really acts like a responsive person but kind of a know it all when thats not the case. Too bad I guess. Some of Martial Canterel is Ok if whole the scene wasn't so formulaic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 6:54 AM

too obvious....when are we going to have something " new"

Posted by PAULO | December 24, 2010 7:42 PM

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