Originally from Toulouse, France, Olivier Alary created Ensemble as his musical persona in 1998, as a platform to explore the meeting point between melodic noise and disjointed pop.

After dropping out from an architecture course at college, Olivier moved to London. Initially working under the name ‘Hearing Is Our Concern’, he was actually the first person the newly-founded FatCat label ever received a demo from. We talked with him for a while about putting a release out, but Olivier wanted to work further on his tracks and in the end nothing happened. 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’.





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Ensemble - Chinese Heavyweight Trailer

Sundance 2012 World Documentary Official Competition - Soundtrack by Ensemble

about 4 years ago
Ensemble - Envies d’Avalanches

An acoustic performance of Envies d’Avalanches, taken from ‘Excerpts’ by Ensemble.

4 years ago
Ensemble - Oliver Alary Interview


4 years ago
Ensemble - Excerpts

A hypnotic train journey from Chongqing to Rome, passing through Cairo, Tokyo, Istanbul, Wichita…

Directed by Karina Garcia Casanova for Ensemble’s ‘Excerpts’ single.

4 years ago
Ensemble - Carmine (Open Circuit 2007)

This footage sees a clip from a great live set from Ensemble, which was their first show in europe as a full band. Camera: Jef Mertens. Photos: Lieve Apers

8 years ago
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