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Sans Chemin

by l'ocelle mare

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Ryan A beautiful and organic drift of memories born from harmony and dissonance, texture and gesture. These rich, shapeshifting topographies may not offer us any pathways to understand the collective, but instead encourages us to contemplate the fragmentary and the momentary. A body of work made more powerful by its many parts.
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Murailles Music and Shelter Press are thrilled to announce ‘Sans Chemin’, the new album of L’Ocelle Mare (MM028/SP136), out on october 8th, 2021 on LP/CD/Digital downloads.

A ritornello that awakens, unfolds, disappears, resurfaces, transforms, forgets itself, awakens again.
A ritornello in folds and hollows, which gives us something to see as well as to listen, a theatre of acoustic shadows where each timbre, each rhythm, each modulation, is born from a meticulously refined gesture. “I don’t write music, it’s an assemblage of gestural memories”, says Thomas Bonvalet. Gestures found, accidentally or not, through long practice: such keyboard rubs on such guitar while preparing a concert, such tambourine vibrates in a singular way when placed on such amp, the duration and intensity of breath given to the flute so that the strings of the open piano decline and reverberate the harmonics...
Gestures that are both very skilful and very simple, that sovereignly refuse the categories of modern and archaic, natural and cultural. Instead, they summon an entire genealogy, both intimate and collective, musical and technical, the memory of a thousand different pieces from a thousand different eras. There is no path, in fact, no path at all in this dismantled world.
There are, however, these gestures that allow us to search for the human measure, that allow for a new attention to be given to bodies, objects, space. Gestures that invent new relationships between themselves and other ways of being alive, gestures to be worked on and shared endlessly. “It’s fragile, it can always fall apart. I have to fight, to stay in tune with what is at stake in a piece, to breathe into it what will make it stand up.
And so the ritornello continues its mutations in the folds and hollows of our own memories.


Murailles Music et Shelter Press sont très heureux d’annoncer la sortie du nouvel album de L’Ocelle Mare ‘Sans Chemin’ (SP136/MM028) à paraitre le 8 octobre 2021 en édition vinyle, CD digipack, ainsi que sur l’ensemble des plateformes numériques.

C’est une ritournelle qui s’éveille, se déploie, s’absente, resurgit, se transforme, s’oublie, s’éveille encore.
Une ritournelle tout en plis et en creux, qui donne à voir autant qu’à écouter, théâtre d’ombres acoustiques où chaque timbre, chaque rythme, chaque modulation, naît d’un geste minutieusement affiné. « Je n’écris pas la musique, c’est un assemblage de mémoires de gestes. », dit Thomas Bonvalet. Des gestes trouvés, accidentellement ou pas, au fil d’une longue pratique : tel clavier qui frotte sur cette guitare lors de la préparation d’un concert, tel tambourin qui vibre de façon singulière lorsqu’il est posé sur cet ampli, la durée et l’intensité de souffle à donner à la flûte pour que les cordes du piano ouvert en déclinent et réverbèrent les harmoniques...
Des gestes à la fois très savants et très simples, qui refusent souverainement les catégories du moderne et de l’archaïque, du naturel et du culturel. Ils convoquent plutôt toute une généalogie intime et collective, musicale et technique, la mémoire de mille musiques et de mille temps. Il n’y a pas de chemin, en effet, plus aucun chemin dans ce monde défait.
En revanche il y a ces gestes qui permettent de chercher la mesure humaine, qui donnent la possibilité d’une attention nouvelle aux corps, aux objets, à l’espace, des gestes qui inventent d’autres relations entre eux et d’autres manières d’être vivant, des gestes à travailler et partager sans cesse. « C’est fragile, ça peut toujours se disloquer. Je dois lutter, rester à l’écoute de ce qui est en jeu dans un morceau, insuffler ce qui va le faire tenir debout. »
Et la ritournelle de poursuivre ses mutations dans les plis et les creux de nos propres souvenirs.


released October 8, 2021

Music : Thomas Bonvalet
Recording : Manuel Duval and Pierre-Henri Thiébaut*
Mastering : Manuel Duval
Photography : Thomas Bonvalet
Design : Bartolomé Sanson

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Electric guitar, classical guitar, six-string bass banjo, body percussion, mechanical and digital metronomes, switches, mobile phone, synthesizer, tambourines, drum skins, piano, flutes, microphones, mixing board, amps, noise gate.


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