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Hear four unreleased recordings by Eric Chenaux

October 2017

The Canadian guitarist and vocalist shares a selection of instrumental tracks recorded in various locations

After his first encounter with improvised music, Canadian born and Paris based Eric Chenaux shifted his musical direction and began a more experimental approach to guitar playing. Since then he has performed as a solo artist regularly, improvising with his instrument and adding heavy effects. On solo albums such as Guitar And Voice and Skullsplitter, released on Constellation in 2012 and 2015, Chenaux combines distorted instrumentation with a more traditional songwriting. He's also a regular collaborator with musicians such as Norberto Lobo and Eloïse Decazes, and has released separate albums with them this year via Three:four records.

“These tracks are barely mixed and unmastered but I have enjoyed listening to them this way so I see no harm in others doing the same” says Chenaux. “They were all recorded in places where I was for a very short time: a street in Rimini, [an] apartment facing Gare de Lyon, a kitchen, a field in Bristol. When I was in university I lived in what may have been called Little Jamaica at Oakwood–Vaughan, where I left my windows open to hear the patio stereos and soundsystems sounding out Lieutenant Stitchie and Cutty Ranks among others. There are a remarkable amount of differences between that music I heard then and this but they both share the open window policy. “Esther May Fuzz” was recorded for Esther May Campbell's film Light Years and is dedicated to her and Chiz Williams for getting me outside.”

Eric Chenaux appears on the cover of The Wire issue 405. Subscribers can read the full article via the digital archive.

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