French musician Superpoze released his second album titled “For We The Living.” The 8-track LP is a remarkable combination of divine music and visuals, which narrate a two-part act.
“For We The Living” is my second album.
It is inspired by readings, films, and works concerned with natural disasters, with the fascination man harbors for its own finitude and with the eschatological discourse more broadly.
The album is divided into two parts. The first 4 tracks broach the impending disaster, its development, and climax (represented in the track “Thousand Exploding Suns”). The 4 following tracks symbolize the aftermath.
Despite strong narrative influences coming from contemporary cinema (Jeff Nichols, Lars Von Trier…), this album doesn’t pretend to be anything else but music. It is not the soundtrack of an imaginary film. It’s a narrative object in itself.
The album is entirely instrumental, except for the pre-conclusive “A Photograph” on which I collaborated with the very talented Dream Koala. Piano and drums were intentionally recorded in a vast room with open windows, to connect the music to the sensible – human – world and avoid of an “overproduced” sound. In the same way, all piano takes evoke my own breath. We can clearly hear it on “Hidden” and “A Photograph”.
The album is associated with a series of videos and a booklet for which I chose to work with artists’ collective Television*.
Videos capture moments suggesting the imminence and occurrence of the disaster, in connection with the 4 first tracks.
Following the model of archaeological surveys, the booklet mirrors the second part of the album, and the track “A Photograph” in particular.
-Gabriel Legeleux (Superpoze)
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Gabriel Legeleux was born in Caen, where he learned drums in Conservatoire and studied History in college. After two first EPs between 2012 and 2014, he released his first album Opening in April 2015 on his own label Combien Mille Records, followed by a worldwide tour in France, Europe, Asia, and America. He also directed and co-composed DJ Pone’s first solo album, produced a track on Nekfeu’s first album and composed the soundtrack of «A Voix Haute», a French documentary that aired on France 2 in November 2016.
Superpoze has an incredible setup to accompany him in his live shows. Each show tells a story from start to finish as he plays on a synth pad, classic piano, controllers and other live band components. For the first time, Superpoze is embarking on a North American tour with shows in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Unlike other artists, Superpoze had never gone to a nightclub to hear music. His very first time in a club was as a performer. This uniqueness stems from his upbringing, where he first studied at a music conservatory and has a love for classical composers and romantic pianists. The progression of his music taste and discovery lead him to music like Air and other french bands, into experimental acts like Boards Of Canada, Flying Lotus and other music from Warp and Ninja Tune.
He is currently working on the composition of a soundtrack for author and scenographer Marc Lainé’s new play, which will be touring in Fall / Winter season 2017 – 2018.
For We The Living
Azur (single – 2016)
Gleam / Shelter (2016)
From the Cold (2012)
The Iceland Sound (2010)
Untitled – Superpoze & Stwo (2014)
A Part of You – Kuage (2014)
North American Live dates
5/2 – New York, US – Mercury Lounge
5/3 – Chicago, US – Schubas
5/5 – San Francisco, US – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop
International Live dates
4/6 – Nancy, France – L’Autre Canal
4/7 – Londres, UK – Printworks London / Booka Shade support
4/14 – Six-Fours, France – Espace Malraux
4/20 – Berlin, Allemagne – Prince Charles
4/21 – Cologne, Allemagne – Yuca
4/22 – Hambourg, Allemagne – Kreisen
5/27 – Perpignan, France – Festival Tilt