As Montréal-based DIY label, L’oeil Du Tigre, releases C H R I S T’s debut LP, T O W E R, this week, Noisey is now streaming the entire album.
Letting their mesmerizing, mournful structures and demoralizing amplification do their talking, C H R I S T delivers their works virtually void of vocals on their dense but expansive T O W E R debut. Surging with a visceral and fully immersive, nearly forty-two minute excursion through the outer boundaries of ethereal post-hardcore/rock. The members of C H R I S T hold deep roots in the Quebec scene, veterans of a range of bands currently or previously holding collective rank in Ire, The Black Hand, Complications, Cobra Noir, Sed Non Satiata, Near Grey and more, yet T O W E R offers a fresh, wholly different sound than any of their other projects. As the LP sees release via L’Oeil Du Tigre, Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, is now streaming T O W E R in its entirety, stating in part, “The album is able to deliver sections and parts that show the expansive nature of the band, chords soar and expand over large swaths of dissonance… It’s a kind of post-rock that goes into sinister and dark territory, a place in which most bands in the same genre aren’t able to tread as successfully. Throughout the record’s four compositions, C H R I S T swims deep into every sea of texture, a body of moods.”
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Having just performed the new material live at a record release show for T O W E R in their hometown, with Jessica Moss and Big | Brave, C H R I S T will be supporting Cult Of Luna on their upcoming tour, with more live actions to be announced in the coming days.
Founded by guitarists Patrick Fontaine (Ire, The Black Hand, Complications) and Maxime Jenniss (Cobra Noir), who later recruited Charles Marty (Sed Non Satiata) and Kevin Bartczak (Near Grey), C H R I S T is a far more restrained and contemplative endeavor than what would be safe to assume when looking at the band’s pedigree. Combining a sparse and almost virtuously patient approach to percussion with lush walls of harmonic drop-tuned textures, the band creates intimate and enthralling soundscapes. The band’s debut recording is now delivered in T O W E R, captured at Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango in Montréal by Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra), with additional recordings by Bunny Bartczak at HLR Grover. Mixed by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (The Black Hand, Ire, Jerusalem In My Heart) and Amar and mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market, the LP’s cover art was created from photos by Anouk Lessard, edited by Claude Lafrance, and designed by Maxime Jenniss. Comprised of four mostly instrumental songs which offer more than a few surprises as they bloom, T O W E R is an otherworldly documentation of well-crafted audio artistry fit for fans of Earth, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Lae, Mogwai, This Will Destroy You and Crippled Black Phoenix.