CHEVALIER AVANT GARDE // Out today: 'Heterotopias' album (11th June) on DeBonton Records
Full album stream + Octo Octa remix of 'Haircut'
"There exists another pop, a pop of the street level in this metaphorical city. A pop with a lineage in bedrooms. We love this Pop." 20jazzfunkgreats
"Chevalier Avant Garde deliver the utmost serious retro-futurist pop, edgy for reminding us we’re constantly nearing the advent of robot lust and digital mal de vivre" Weird Canada
To celebrate the release of the bands 'Heterotopia' LP, Brooklyn based house and techno producer, Octo Octa remixes album track 'Haircut'.
Chevalier Avant Garde is Dimitri and Filip, a Montreal-based duo of European expats who share a love of low-light shadows and ancient ruins. Dimitri, of Greek-Egyptian descent, spent his dysfunctional childhood on the island of Crete riding his Kawasaki around the beach of a NATO base. His dad, a sailor, introduced him to adult contemporary Cretan music, but Dimitri always preferred Whitney Houston and the Byzantine liturgy. Not too much is known about Filip except that he grew up in the Polish industrial city of Lodz where he worked as a ball boy for the LKS Lodz sports club. In his downtime he watched Eurovision reruns with his aunt.
Upon meeting each other in Montreal, Dimitri and Filip discovered their mutual affinity for aged mustards, pickles and Asiago cheese. They've been sharing groceries ever since. Between bouts of drinking and listening to mix CDs on the sound system of Dimitri's 2005 Suzuki, 'Heterotopias' was conceived. The LP takes its title from the Foucaultian concept of "alternative spaces", areas existing only between "here" and "there". These are simultaneously illusory and real, familiar yet foreign, like a telephone call or a déjà vu. Heterotopias' 10 songs evolve from one such indeterminate juncture, a place where idealized declarations of love meet droning, dispassionate beats to convey both overt sentimentality and overwhelming apathy.
The album was released earlier this year in US/Canada on Skrot Up Records and is having its French release 11th June on deBonton Records.
1. Over the Fountain
2. New Face
6. Nie Rozumiem
8. Red Sea
10. What's Your Number Girl?