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On Bandcamp.

Our last album, East of the Sun & West of the Moon, is now streamable through Bandcamp, as are our first two outings, We Await Silent Tristero’s Empire, and The Answer’s In Forgetting.

You can also stream the albums directly on our site, over there in the right-hand sidebar.

Stay tuned for news about the brand new album (still unreleased right now) called “Force Majeure”) with 4 tracks we recorded at the Living Room with Chris George and Daniel Majorie.

 

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Chef Menteur + Whom Do You Work For?

October 6 at the Circle Bar: Chef Menteur plus Whom Do You Work For?

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New Video: “Narconaut”

Here’s the video for “Narconaut,” the first track from East of the Sun & West of the Moon.

Chef Menteur: “Narconaut” from Chef Menteur on Vimeo.

Music by Chef Menteur | Photography by Alec Vance
(c) 2012 Backporch Revolution Records

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Audio Interview with Alex Rawls of My Spilt Milk

For his new review site My Spilt Milk, music writer Alex Rawls conducted an audio interview with Alec, and also wrote a nice intro to our new album:

Descriptions of the music sound brainy and theoretical, but East of the Sun & West of the Moon is all about the physical joy of making a cool, distorted rock ‘n’ roll sound, and continuing to make it until there’s a compelling reason to do something differently. That Chef Menteur does it with a sense of balance and beauty and drama is a bonus. It’s one of the most exciting albums to come out of New Orleans this year and needs more people to hear it.

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“East of the Sun…” now at Aquarius

Aquarius Records logoAquarius Records is a groovy little record shop in the Mission district of San Francisco that’s been churning along since 1970, and has since become an essential mail-order spot for psych, metal, drone, experimental and other related formats. One reason is their excellent newsletter. We’re big fans, and a good deal of our favorite LPs have come from their weekly recommendations list.

This week your favorite unheralded New Orleans psych group gets a bit of love, and we’re happy to share it with you. Read it, then go on over to AQ’s web site and order your copy of East of the Sun & West of the Moon. (Just enter “Chef Menteur” as the artist search term at the top.) ]

Here’s the write-up:

 CHEF MENTEUR    East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon    (Backporch Revolution)    2lp    24.00

This is the first we’ve heard from this New Orleans psychedelic combo, even though this is their third record, but it’s as good a place to start as any, cuz it’s hard to imagine any of the other records competing with the sheer sonic scope of East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon, a sprawling double lp (which was supposedly trimmed down from a QUINTUPLE lp!!), literally years in the making, which finds the band touching on all sorts of different sounds, but all the various sonic strains held together by a thread of cosmic psychedelia that runs through the whole record.

The opener, “Narconaut”, should have space rock nerds losing their shit, totally druggy and drifty, the bass and drums locked tight into a loping groove, while the guitars fill the sky with wild tangles of FX heavy swirls and squiggles, clouds of swirling psychedelia, that drifts from heady and ethereal to churning and heavy. The record unwinds gradually, the second track, a smoldering bit of mathiness, rife with twang, and spidery minor key melodies, and laced with a bit of Appalachia, but building to a serious heavy crescendo before slipping into a brief bit of country, only to return to the mathiness of the opening few minutes. From there the band drift into weird woozy horn driven slowburn balladry, a washed out blues, wreathed in loads of echo and reverb, giving it a serious dub vibe, only to then slip into a brief bit of rhythmic churn, which quickly transitions into some drum driven, almost IDM sounding electronica, but that electronica is wedded to the band’s brooding drifting psychedelia, there’s even some sampled voices, which gives it a definite Boards Of Canada feel.

“Oxen Of The Sun” is one of the record’s two centerpieces, an 11+ minute jam that flits from sound to sound, beginning as a dense chunk of buzzing space rock, driven by low slung bass and wheezing organs, it soon gives way to a sort of blurred countryish drone/drift, which in turn becomes a haunting elegy of organ drone, before exploding into some seriously heavy super distorted psychrock, that itself shifts from dense driving pound, to spaced out abstract shuffle and back again. “Ganymede” is the other one, clocking in at more than 19 minutes, this one less all over the map, a lush organ/synth/keyboard dronescape, softly roiling, spacious and kosmische, gradually building to the occasional Sunroof! like ur-drone, only to slip right back into something much more serene and pastoral. It’s a fantastically heady chunk of droned out psych bliss for sure.

The rest of the record continues the group’s sonic explorations, more heavy psych space outs, bits of droned out minimal guitarscapery, woozy, slide guitar laced twang flecked drifts, pocked with slow build to explosive psychedelic squalls, dark strummed folk that gives way to some seriously dense and druggy psychedelia, and a final bit of spare steel string guitar, a little coda, surprisingly spare, considering how dense and sprawling and ambitious the rest of the record is.

WAY recommended, and pretty much essential listening for all you psychedelic space phreaks out there,

LIMITED TO 200 COPIES. Super elaborately packaged, in deluxe gatefold jackets, each one printed and hand numbered by the artist, the art a handmade woodblock print, includes a digital download.

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Artist’s prints of album design now available

Anyone who has admired the immaculate woodblock hand printing of the new LPs will be interested to know that the artist, Thomas Peri, has made a very limited number (<10) of standalone prints of the cover art available. These are each printed by hand from the same woodblocks used in printing the album jackets on high quality paper suitable for framing.
You can order from him directly on his Etsy page.

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East of the Sun & West of the Moon now on iTunes

Our new double album is now available on iTunes.

Also don’t forget, you can still get your own limited edition copy of the 150 gram, custom art, 2xLP which comes with a free download card (this is the only way to get your digital songs in lossless format instead of mp3).

See here for all order options.

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Early reviews coming in…

Some nice things are being said about the new album:

“…like lying in a sunshiny meadow full of flowers while a gentle breeze ruffles the pages of your calculus textbook. ” –The Times-Picayune

“Psychedelic fans are in for a bliss-out with this one–there are some epic-length numbers on here, as well as shorter bursts of goodness… Dig in anywhere and prepare to be impressed.” –KFJC
There are less than 100 copies left of the album! Here is where you can get yours.

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Happy Album Release Day! New album streaming for 24 hours.

East of the Sun & West of the Moon double LP

East of the Sun & West of the Moon double LP

If you can’t make it to New Orleans tonight for our album release party, don’t fret. You can still take part from a distance.

For 24 hours today, Radio Backporch Revolution is streaming the new album. Listen to the stream directly at http://206.225.86.11:8000/listen or via the Radio Backporch Revolution iPhone app.

If you can make it to the show, you can pick up your copy of the album there. But if you can’t, you can now order the album (vinyl or digital mp3) or get your vinyl directly from Backporch Revolution.

More places to get the album via mailorder or iTunes, etc….

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Chef Menteur with Lonely Lonely Knights and Microshards

Chef Menteur’s DOUBLE ALBUM release party with Microshards and Lonely Lonely Knights. At Siberia, March 31.

(note: Geisterfahrer will not be playing.)

See the Facebook event for more details.

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