It’s been six years since Montreal synth-pop duo Automelodi’s last record. That album, the dark and exquisite Surlendemains Acides was a beautifully put-together sonic world of synth-based early 80s electronic in the vein of New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and early OMD. With the vocals of singer and songwriter Xavier Paradis, as well as his deft touches as both composer and producer, the album felt like a lost gem from the golden age of pop electronica.
In April of 2018 Holodeck Records reissued that 2013 classic LP which allowed a whole new set of ears and minds to be blown away by Automelodi(yours truly, included.) Now, Holodeck Records is proud to release the first new Automelodi record in six years. Mirages au futur verre-brisé is a 10-track album that will drop via Holodeck Records of May 3rd, 2019. It will be available digitally, on limited edition ferric cassette, and 150g black vinyl.
Last week, Brooklyn Vegan premiered the first single “La Poussière”. “La Poussière” is a propulsive, pulsating song with dark corners and a cavernous mix of new wave, dark wave, and early 80s Euro club music. Imagine The Soft Moon paying homage to Human League, but instead of simmering in self-loathing Luis Vasquez got all existential. That’s what’s going on with album opener “La Poussière”.
It’s a meticulously put together song with all the right sonic touches and Paradis’ vocals add just the right amount of elegance to the proceedings. He is both a classicist and an artist creating in forward motion.
Mirages au futur verre-brisé arrives May 3rd via Holodeck Records. Preorder the album here. Check out “La Poussière” below.