« I want to explore the sonic memories deeply rooted in each of us, like a soundtrack of our lives and of our imagination »
This is how Alban Darche talks about his band L’Orphicube.
« Atomic Flonflons » takes a hard look in the mirror, as a way to speak to us all. The twelve new tracks get your mind looking for old photographs, and stories down memory lane.
Experiences and familiar places blurred by time, become dreamy as if they never existed. Each of us has built a story out of our own lives. The facts are as important as the fiction we fill the blanks with.
That is where « Atomic FlonsFlons » comes from.
Playing with genres, symbols and name-dropping (accordeons, 19th century melodies, Tango, Muzak, Ragtime…) through time and space; the album always clings to memory or a fantasy, whether it’s a European cabaret from the twenties, a Demy soundtrack or Betty Boop’s naughty wink.
Each tracks brings up the strangely familiar. Like a mirage, a game of mirrors and smoke, the straightforward path we’ve been led to is never like we expected it to be. Turning the listening experience into thrilling adventure.
All these recollections do not forget that what we remember the best is usually effortless like a foot stomping to a swinging pulse.
All compositions by alban darche except « Autumn » (Silvestre / Fauré), « the paloma » (Iradier), « I'm a fool to want you » (Sinatra / Wolf / Herron) and « I'll be you » (Kahal / Fain).
Arrangements and orchestrations by Alban Darche.
« Pluie lente » is the French translation of the poem « la lluvia lenta » by Gabriela Mistral, by Bruno Rigolt (brunorigolt.blog.lemonde.fr). The text of « The bird we see sings his complaint » is extracted from Paul Verlaine’s poem « The sky is over the roof ». « I'm a fool to want you » and « I'll be you » are an order from the National Jazz Orchestra.
Recorded by Olivier Ménard at Languidic (Espace des Arts) in april 2017. Mixed by Olivier Ménard at the Corner Box Studio (cornerbox.jimdo.com).
Mastered by Pierre Vandewaeter at Lakanal Studio (studiolakanal.com).
The Atomic flonflons program was created at l’Estran, Guidel. Special thanks to Xavier Lejeune for his support over the years, and Jérémy Simon for his welcome.