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Souvenir. Joel Lavoie

Lavoie’s approach has a unique feel, making Souvenir a compelling and understated release. Avant Music News

C’est l’un des plus beaux voyages ambient de 2020. Mes enceintes font défaut, Québec

These compositions are an ode to errance, drifting through indefinite landscapes where we can draw our own paths. It is a call to rediscover our inner and collective environment. The idea came from these moments of contemplations in a crowd where vertigos are beauty and comfort.

  • Mikroclimat
  • MKR 120 / 2020
  • UPC/EAN 771028302086
  • Total duration: 43:42

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  • 44,1 kHz, 24 bits

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Souvenir.

Joel Lavoie

Cédric Dind-Lavoie

In the press

Review

Mike Borella, Avant Music News, June 17, 2020

Joel Lavoie is a Montréal-based sound artist who’s output on Souvenir encompasses a mix of ambient, acousmatic, synth (Buchla 200), and minimalist influences. While these styles have been combined in various ways previously, Lavoie’s approach has a unique feel, making Souvenir a compelling and understated release.

Across three long tracks, Lavoie layers oscillations, gentle walls, pulses, and environmental sounds. On Souvenirs intermittents, these evolve and grow in intensity, adding cosmic synth lines. Addendum begins with a mid-range drone before moving into a theme reminiscent of Steve Roach or the Berlin School. Marche irréfléchie is a 25-minute coda that adds a double bass player as well as some light discordance. Melodies drift across deep soundscapes with distant crashing, voices, and other effects.

Despite their unconventional sources, there is a certain warmth and spaciousness to Lavoie’s compositions that give them a cinematic texture. With no shortage of ambient music readily available, it takes a strong release to turn heads these days. Souvenir fits the bill.

Lavoie’s approach has a unique feel, making Souvenir a compelling and understated release.

Critique

William Paulhus, Mes enceintes font défaut, June 7, 2020

Pour faire suite à son excellent album Cabines paru il y a près de deux ans sur Jeunesse Cosmique, Joel Lavoie est de retour avec un incroyable nouveau disque. Toujours plus dense et émouvante, la musique du Montréalais nous chavire encore une fois par sa grande pureté. C’est l’un des plus beaux voyages ambient de 2020.

C’est l’un des plus beaux voyages ambient de 2020.

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