August 21st sees the long awaited return of Olivier Alary's Ensemble, with a brand new single, 'Disown, Delete', his debut release for FatCat. Featuring four new tracks, it heralds his first new material for five years, with an LP to follow this Autumn.
Olivier originally created Ensemble as his musical persona in 1998, as a platform to explore the meeting point between melodic noise and experimental pop. Initially working under the name 'Hearing Is Our Concern', Olivier was actually the first person the newly-founded FatCat label ever received a demo from. Olivier wanted to work further on his tracks and in the end, the plans came to nothing. Subsequently the name was changed to Ensemble, and a chance meeting with Rephlex Records in 2000 resulted in the release of his first album, 'Sketch Proposals'. While not widely released, 'Sketch Proposals' gained a small, dedicated audience, and led to a number of writing collaborations with Bjork, along with several remixes of her work.
This collaborative spirit has continued with his latest, most fully realised body of work to date, the self-titled 'Ensemble' album, from which the single, 'Disown, Delete' is taken. Featuring a guest performance from Chan Marshall (Cat Power), the single's title track is a delicate fusion of symphonic, wall-of-sound production, and intimate folk-pop vocals. The 7" also features the sublime 'Carmine', with the CD single also featuring two further exclusive tracks; the serene, expansive 'Their Lines' and a characteristically abstract but beautiful reworking of 'Disown, Delete' by Tim Hecker.
The LP, out September 25th, also features further collaborations with the likes of Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr), UK based Mileece, Adam Pierce (Mice Parade) and orchestral arrangements by Johannes Malfatti, performed by the Babelsberg Film Orchestra in Germany.
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