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Tout Bleu

25. Juni, 20:30 - 22:00

Tout Bleu stellen ihr zweites Album  Otium (Bongo Joe Records) auf ihrer aktuellen Tour vor. 

„Otium, the second album by Geneva’s Tout Bleu is a singular vision made up of a dizzying array of things, from electric folk to Krautrock, glitch techno to dubbed-out postpunk, chamber rock to synthpop. It experiments with a pop sensibility, transmits its creators’ passionate social conscience with calm and charm alike, and finds the project evolving from the primary vision of Simone Aubert to a functional band unit.

On the evidence of Otium, we’re catching Tout Bleu at a really exciting point in the band’s evolution. Released on Bongo Joe Records, which also has its base in Geneva and which, like Tout Bleu themselves, is at the heart of the experimental music scene in the city.“

The shape of the musical underground in Switzerland, and Geneva
especially, is vital to what Tout Bleu do. Cave12, the foremost
Genevan venue for avant-garde music, is also crucial to the
project having begun in the first place. Aubert cites the
importance of Swiss experimental music veterans including Joke
Lanz and Dave Phillips, artists who may be more sonically extreme but who, in a supportive and close-knit scene, still act as peers.
The flip side of this is the unmissable spectre of capitalist
 excess, hardly unique to Geneva but more glaring in this seat of
international finance than in most cities. This only strengthens
Aubert’s determination to keep existing in a way that pushes
against such bloat – in Otium’s lyrics, which with a general
economy of words call for we the people to remain courageous as
the world spirals towards doom, and in the way Tout Bleu go
about their business.

When Aubert began making music under this name in 2018, Tout Bleu consisted of her alone, but was not intended to remain that way. Two solo live performances only strengthened the Swiss performer’s belief that creativity is best achieved through cooperation, and Tout Bleu, released towards the end of that same year, saw Aubert joined by drummer Nicholas Stücklin, violinist Agathe Max and POL, an electronic musician who’s been a fixture of the Genevan leftfield scene since the 1990s. The four members combined heady drones, rhythms both manmade and non-organic, and Aubert’s ghostly singing manner to fine effect – albeit unlikely to pass for a pop record to the average listener.

On Otium, this has changed, along with much of the musical personnel: POL remains, but Stücklin and Max make way for Naomi Mabanda (cello) and Luciano Turella (viola). Before, Aubert considered Tout Bleu’s process to begin with textures, upon which her cohorts added further sonic layers, rather than songs in the strict compositional sense. Now, what you hear can justly be called arrangements, with the group looking to emulate and update the full-cream lushness of a 1970s Abbey Road recording. It’s a testament to POL, who as on Tout Bleu is this album’s chief producer, that this has largely been achieved through digital editing, with sections recorded remotely for the most part – yet over nine songs you’ll hear the wavey opulence of the Mellotron and timeless phasing and reverb tricks.


25. Juni
20:30 - 22:00


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