A new release by Orval Carlos Sibelius with the album Ordre et progrès, one of my favourite French
It's his fifth album, but for the first time his work is in French. His previous releases saw him perform in English.
If there's been a change in language, the music remains a charming take on modern indie psychedelic, if anything with a more electronic edge to this album than on his previous adventures.
I've been a fan since I came across his 2013 Super Forma album, one of the stand out releases in the contemporary French psych sub grenre that seems to have emerged over the past few years.
It's also his first release on Born Bad Records following the demise of the Clapping Music label behind his previous albums. Born Bad
Ordre et progrès is the kind of album that you enjoy on first listen, but find yourself returning to again and again, and each time finding another subtle layer of meaning, another shade of colour. It's a rich and rewarding release that deserves a great deal of attention.
There's a great video for the track Coupure Générale that emerged a couple of month ago ahead of the release of the album. Like the best music videos, it's a simple idea done well.
This weekend saw Orval Carlos Sibelius play at the Europavo festival in Clermont-Ferrand, hopefully with more live dates to come.