Montreal pianist and composer Tambour also known as  Simon P. Castonguay returns with his third EP Constellations (ou comment arrêter le temps) / (or how to stop time). This collection of five tableaux sees Castonguay reflecting on notions of time ; its passing, the time we have and the time that we don’t, the time we take or choose not to ; time spent waiting after something or someone ; our perceptions of and relation to the world around us (and the stars beyond). Playing with these notions, Castonguay chose to play with the time and form of the record, configuring the listening experience as one continuous listen from start to finish. The listener is invited to lose themselves in time, and not focus on the bounds of individual tracks. Written largely in the fall of 2017 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativty, the record is in and of itself a reflection of the passage of time, a window into Castonguay’s recent past. 

Constellations is Tambour at his finest - evocative piano melodies and ambient analog  synthesizers paired with sweeping string and french horn arrangements performed by the Mommies on the run string quartet (Patrick Watson) and Pietre Amato (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), who also engineered the record. He paints a narrative throughout each carefully crafted piece with a fine brush - delicate and intimate moments give way to dramatic overtures, pulling the listener into a world of wonder. 

Constellations is mixed by Mark Lawson in Montreal and mastered by Martyn Heyne at Lichte Studio (Berlin). Additional production on track IV by Thomas Haar. original artwork provided by Sean Curtis Patrick, with layout & design by Simon P. Castonguay and Catherine Pelletier

Castonguay on the record’s lead single Ursa Minor (Caroline’s Theme);

“Thisis a very personal track for me. The title was born from the idea of writing music based on an array of constellations, and was simultaneously the first piece / theme I’d written for someone - in this case a person with whom I’d been close, who left my life suddenly. The name Caroline stems from a piece of the same name by London based artist Douglas Dare. His song describes the story of a person reading through old letters from a long lost lover. At that time in my life, I shared exactly the same feeling of helplessness and incomprehension.”

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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!


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