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The West Lighthouse Is Not So Far

Astrid: The West Lighthouse Is Not So Far (Monotype)

The French Astrid quartet in their 4th album, where the titles of pieces are based on lighthouses' names, the band creating impressively ambient soundscapes filled with rich detail and lush, languid orchestration of guitar, violin, reeds, synths, harmoniums, &c.

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product information:

UPC: 5908310927626

Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono087
Squidco Product Code: 21098

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Goulphar Studio in Nantes, France, between 2013 and 2014 by Cyril Secq.


Vanina Andreani-violin, synthesizers, harmonium, metallophone

Yvan Ros-drums, synthesizer, metallophone

Cyril Secq-guitars, bowed guitars, synthesizer, piano, charango, harmonium

Guillaume Viltard-clarinets, rhodes, harmonium, saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Born in 1975 in the North of Ivory Coast, I had grown up in a wild countryside with almost no music - but many natural sounds. Back in France at the age of 10, I was seized by a compulsive desire of music, listening to many sorts of music, and especially free jazz, to the great displeasure of my brothers who never appreciated Cecil Taylor for breakfast. I was dreaming about bass playing but started studying philosophy.

By the whims of fate, I saw a double bass at a friend's flat. A few weeks after, I was studying at the Paris Conservatoire and having private jazz lessons. It was ages ago.

I gave my first improvised bass solo in 2003 (not without apprehension !) I have played with many artists of the French improv' scene, including Heddy Boubaker, Nusch Werchowska, Isabelle Duthoit, Alexandre Kittel, Catherine Jauniaux, Jean Pallandre, Mathias Pontévia, Etienne Brunet, Soizic Lebrat, Sébastien Coste, etc. I have also organised many concerts in Lyon where I lived from 2000 to 2007."

-Guillaume Viltard Website (

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track listing:

1. Pierre Noire 13:54

2. Madonetta 6:15

3. Goulphar 11:30

4. Lanterna 7:26

5. Grey Nose 5:54

6. Peacock 6:28

7. Ouest 10:14
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"The West Lighthouse is not so Far" is the fourth album recorded by Astrid. All of the titles of pieces are based on lighthouses' names. Compositions are based on creating impressive ambient soundscapes fulfilled with little sparkling details and ornaments fluently moving into disturbing moments when strong bassline meets repetitive percussions. Musicians show how thin is the border between harmless calm and heavy wave of noisy guitar storm."-Monotype

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