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Automelodi - Surlendemains Acides - Cassette

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Automelodi is Montréal based producer and songwriter Xavier Paradis, whose 2013 full-length Surlendemains Acides remains one of the most well produced and memorable synth-based works of the modern era. On March 30, 2018 Holodeck Records is proud to reissue this evocative collection of songs on LP, cassette and digital download.

Delivered in French, Automelodi is the result of Paradis’ passion for analog electronics and devotion to brooding pop sensibilities. Surlendemains Acides has been out of print for several years, and now to the delight of hardware enthusiasts and fans alike, this classic is given a second life.

Paradis is a well-established figure in Montréal’s dense electronic music culture, and Automelodi has become one of the most innovative projects to come out of the region that has produced pioneers like Marie Davidson and Tim Hecker. Paradis shows the exquisite ability to arrange with a careful ear for texture, forming each song element with rich expression and character. His process of composing with analog synthesizers and drum machines like the Moog MG-1 and the Roland TR-808 is used in combination with field recorded “found sound” allowing Paradis to write with a palate that is aesthetically wide-ranging but chosen with precision. Paradis’ persona as a weary romantic is at the heart of Surlendemains Acides and extends well beyond the studio. Paradis’ charm and sleek aesthetic translate smoothly to his live show and music videos, with swaggering stage presence and seductive dance moves.

Songs like “Digresse” are laden with dance hooks and experimental percussion sounds, displaying Automelodi’s balance of engineering and style. Modulating between the tools in his extensive production repertoire, Paradis often uses sequencing and effects to merge components of rhythm and melody for added enhancement. Luscious ballads like “Metropole Sous La Pluie” demonstrate Paradis’ mastery of harmonic voicing and deeply addictive songwriting, making Surlendemains Acides a layered and fulfilling listen across all ten of it’s gorgeous tracks.

Automelodi is internationally recognized in underground electronic circles as an artist of the highest caliber with an inspiring but rare discography. Holodeck is honored to work with Automelodi and add Surlendemains Acides to its catalog.
A1La Cigale3:44
A2Aléas, Dernières Chances3:35
A3Vacances A Maiori3:35
B1Fenêtres Ouvertes3:31
B2Navette De Remplacement3:09
B3Fables Et Proverbes3:40
B4Métropole Sous La Pluie4:29
B5A La Date Verticale4:37
Nigeria’s “First Lady of Song”, Christiana Uduak Essien-Igbokwe was born in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria in 1960. Tragically she lost her mother early at the age of 12. In the mid-70s she started singing professionally at a relatively early age in the music clubs of Aba. Extensive TV work soon followed and in 1977 she launched her professional music career with the album “Freedom”. Her fourth album “One Understanding” was signed by Afrodisia and released in 1979. “One Understanding” was produced by Pal Akalonu. It is an infectious mix of Afroboogie (“What Love Is About”, “Mind Your Biz”), Swinging afro groove (“You Can’t Change A Man”) Smooth Afro Soul (“Take Life Easy”), Reggae tinged grooves (“I’ll Be Your Man”, “Respect Your Man”) and of course one smooth ballad, “Understanding”. Christy’s lyrics show a depth of understanding and wisdom way beyond her 19 years (at the time). Having conquered the music and TV worlds Christy moved on to feature in some of the early Hollywood films such as “Flesh and Blood” and “Scars of Womanhood”, both of which addressed issues of child abuse and female circumcision. With a desire to make life better for Nigerian artists. She is also credited as having initiated the first meeting that brought about the formation of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria in 1981. Christy died after a brief illness in 2011. Close to the time of her death, she was involved in numerous successful businesses, organization and running the non-governmental organisation Essential Child Care Foundation involved in child welfare. Christy’s achievements and awards are numerous. Too numerous to mention. Perhaps her greatest achievement however is her contribution to building a peaceful and tolerant Nigeria – which, alongside moral uprightness, remain constant themes of her songs.

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