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 CHAPITRES VINYL EDITION [ 2017 ]

CHAPITRES VINYL EDITION [ 2017 ]

Moderna Records is celebrating Record Store Day 2017 with the release of its very first vinyl in partnership with Return To Analog : Montreal neo-classical composer Tambour’s Chapitres.

This collection presents a selection of tracks from Tambour (aka Simon P. Castonguay)’s acclaimed EPs Chapitre I (2015) and Chapitre II (2016), here reunited under a single banner and pressed on limited-edition high quality vinyl with brand new artwork by Marie-Pier Meilleur.

The double-LP vinyl release sounds as handsome as it looks. There is a sparseness to Castonguay’s compositions that allows us to appreciate every detail, no matter how fine. The music breathes, deeply. If you don’t find your heart rate winding down over the course of this double-LP, you’re not paying close enough attention.
— Exclaim!
 CHAPITRE II [2016]

CHAPITRE II [2016]

Mixed, mastered yet partially recorded by Canadian awarded producer Pierre Duchesne, Chapitre II is Tambour’s return to twinkling piano and lush instrumentation in a dazzling waltz-influenced effort. The composer dives once again into his melancholic universe, inviting listeners into a cinematic world somewhat reminiscent of Yann Tiersen's soundtracks. Melodies at times melancholic, at others joyful, evolve unexpectedly through moments of contemplation, curiosity and nostalgia ; intimate, spacious moments punctuate an otherwise continuous flow of movement. Amongst many contributors, the album involves a special featuring of Pietro Amato, french horn player in Arcade Fire’s albums (Funeral, Neon Bible, The Subburbs) and Amon Tobin’s (Foley Room).

The folksy, nearly fairy tale progressions are accompanied with a glockenspiel, clarinet, gentle electronics, french horn and a string quartet. Fans of delicate piano, graceful dances and magical fantasies will find themselves yearning for more.
— Headphone Commute
 Chapitre I [2015]

Chapitre I [2015]

Chapitre I reveals Tambour's talent in crafting cinematic soundscapes from modern classical structures. Throughout each movement is portrayed a vivid imagery. Piché-Castonguay’s first take on minimal classical uses acoustic instrumentation, but its richly layered textures plunge the listener into an ocean of sustained, swelling atmospherics.

Chapitre I is blessed with harmonies of weeping beauty, and its compositions are arranged with great sensitivity.
— Ambient Music Guide