Tag: christian richer

New Canadiana :: The Haiduks – 1968

The Haiduks - 1968

Christian Richer’s inaugural sunshine-pop solo statement has been years in the making, lingering between labels, cooling on a windowsill, and patiently waiting for this scribe to find the right words. With the feather-light fingertips of a wizened sage, he hovers from the library to Canterbury with nary a care. Now that the Haiduks have multiplied into High Dukes, this caravan can pick up speed once again.

Passant d’une boîte de production à une autre, patientant sur le rebord d’une fenêtre ou dans l’attente des paroles justes, l’album pop ensoleillé de Christian Richer en solo a pris des années à voir le jour. Avec la main légère d’un vieux sage, le musicien passe sans effort de la bibliothèque à Canterbury. Maintenant que The Haiduks sont devenus High Dukes, le groupe peut à nouveau accélérer en vitesse de croisière.

The Haiduks – I’m Still Here

The Haiduks – Diamond Drops

New Canadiana :: Soft Mirage – Ionian Dream

Soft Mirage - Ionian Dreams
Bold enough to ride the crests of sinusoids so soft they make Bruce Cockburn sound like the Dry Heaves, Soft Mirage transfigure every open space into lush, organic hyperbole. The ephemeral git-synth moves of Montreal heavyweight Christian Richer have joined with synthianado Panabrite for a trans-dimensional journey into the event-horizon of cassette culture.

[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/02-Courtyards-of-Atlantis.mp3|titles=Soft Mirage – Courtyards of Atlantis] Soft Mirage – Courtyards of Atlantis
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/01-Colorsound.mp3|titles=Soft Mirage – Colorsound] Soft Mirage – Colorsound

New Canadiana :: Various Artists – The Lemon Tape

Various Artists - The Lemon Tape
Paisley rays of avant-pop sunshine emanate from this overflowing homage to the Age of Aquarius. Montreal’s best and brightest contribute a tune (or two, or three) under a variety of guises, all filed under psych, cosmic and library music taxonomy. From Brave Radar’s hazy afternoon bliss-outs to JLK’s biker blaze and multiple turns from label founder Christian Richer, this meticulous mixtape is a tie-dye dream come true. All in all, Asaël Robitaille steals the show and proves his secret weapon status with a grip of winners from his various projects. Wake up sucking on a lemon with a grin from ear to ear.

[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/02-A-Spike.mp3|titles=Brave Radar – A Spike] Brave Radar – A Spike
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/05-Harpe-Pierreries-Chatoiement.mp3|titles=Bataille Solaire – Harpe Pierreries Chatoiement] Bataille Solaire – Harpe Pierreries Chatoiement
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Weird_Canada-The_Haiduks-A_Tide_Through_the_Flames.mp3|titiles=The Haiduks – A Tide Through the Flames] The Haiduks – A Tide Through The Flames

Video :: The Haiduks – Use Up My Time [dir. Moduli TV]

Like a third generation DGC Rarities boot melting on Kevin Shields’ dashboard, the debut transmission from Montreal’s Haiduks is the sound of a popsicle turned to sweet, sweet sugar juice. Switching planes from the ambient bliss-out of his primary project, Élément Kuuda, Christian Richer kicks his amp into overdrive with this unstoppably awesome shoegaze pop fist-pumper. The accompanying visuals from Frank “Hobo Cult” Ouellette flick through sun-bleached memories from a found-footage family vacation, serving up a pitch-perfect song/video combo. I want to jump in a lake.