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With his eighth album for Trace Label, Laurent Saïet takes a new start : after several projects essentially realized alone, he makes his decision to stand up for a close cooperation with several distinguished guests with who he co-signed the major part of « After The Wave » tracks. This album, began shortly before the first lockdown in France, takes indirectly its source of inspiration during the pandemic period. After recorded the basic tracks essentially on the Mellotron, Laurent Saïet had proposed to the other musicians to provide their respective worlds on the project. For example, Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots) have written 2 songs lyrics he specially sang on the album.
Thierry Müller (Ilitch, Ruth) plays synthesizers on another track, and Quentin Rollet (Prohibition, Nurse With Wound) improvised great saxophone parts on 6 tracks and play the Monotron on another one. Paul Percheron (Stamp) is a young drummer who brings all his energy and rhythmic invention to the major part of the album. And Ben Ritter (Begin Says), Laurent Saïet’s old fellow musical traveller, provides lyrics and his voice on one track and plays clarinet on another one. The result is an album mixing musical genres (post-rock, jazz, dark ambient, etc…) and fascinating, but never identical atmospheres, alternately songs and high-quality instrumentals. Titles tracks and lyrics are very evocative of these uncertain times. After The Wave is presented in a 3 pages’s cardboard sleeve, illustrated by a series of baroque collages created by Thierry Müller.
Avec son huitième album pour Trace Label, Laurent Saïet prend un nouveau départ : après plusieurs projets réalisés essentiellement en solo, il prend le parti d’une collaboration étroite avec plusieurs invités de marque avec lesquels il co-signe une bonne partie des titres de « After The Wave ». Cet album, commencé peu avant la 1ère période de confinement en France trouve donc sa source et son inspiration indirecte dans cette période de pandémie. Après en avoir posé les bases, essentiellement sur le Mellotron, Laurent Saïet a proposé à d’autres musiciens d’y apporter librement leur univers respectif. C’est ainsi, par exemple, que Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots) a écrit 2 textes qu’il a spécialement chantés pour l’album. Thierry Müller (Ilitch, Ruth) joue des synthétiseurs sur un autre morceau, et Quentin Rollet (Prohibition, Nurse With Wound) a improvisé des parties de saxophone très inspirées sur 6 titres et joue du Monotron sur un autre. Paul Percheron (Stamp) est un jeune batteur qui apporte toute son énergie et son invention rythmique sur la majeure partie de l’album. Et Ben Ritter (Begin Says), vieux compagnon de route de Laurent Saïet, apporte un texte et sa voix sur une chanson et joue de la clarinette sur une autre. Il en résulte un album qui mélange les genres (post-rock, jazz, dark ambient, etc…) et joue sur des atmosphères prenantes mais jamais identiques, en alternant chansons et instrumentaux de haute volée. Les titres des morceaux, tout comme les textes, sont en eux mêmes évocateurs de l’incertitude des temps actuels. After The Wave est présenté sous une pochette cartonnée en 3 volets illustrée par une série de collages baroques signés Thierry Müller.


released June 19, 2021

Produced, recorded & mixed by Laurent Saïet between February 2020 and February 2021 except sax & drums parts recorded by Patrick Müller at Pierre Schaeffer studio, Châtenay-Malabry, and vocal parts recorded by the singers at their home.

Composed by Laurent Saïet except :
1 & 10 : Lyrics and vocal melody by Edward Ka-Spel ; Music by Laurent Saïet
2 & 4 : Music by Laurent Saïet, Paul Percheron & Quentin Rollet
6 : Lyrics and vocal melody by Ben Ritter ; Music by Laurent Saïet
8 : Music by Laurent Saïet, Thierry Müller & Quentin Rollet
11 : Music by Laurent Saïet & Quentin Rollet

Laurent Saïet : Mellotron, guitars, bass, keyboards, programmed percussion, strings & electronic instruments
With :
Edward Ka-Spel : vocals on 1 & 10
Thierry Müller : synthesizers & acoustic guitar on 8
Paul Percheron : drums on all tracks except 8, 9 & 11
Ben Ritter : vocals on 6 ; clarinet on 10
Quentin Rollet : alto or sopranino saxophone on 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 & 11 ; Monotron on 9

Collages & Cover design by Thierry Müller

Thanks to Edward Ka-Spel, Patrick & Thierry Müller, Paul Percheron, Ben Ritter & Quentin Rollet for their participation and support


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Trace Label is an independent record company founded in 1993 by composers / musicians Guillaume Loizillon, Patrick Müller & Laurent Saïet. Its artistic orientation is eclectic : alternative & experimental music, electroacoustic & electronic music, free jazz, soundtracks, sound poetry. ... more

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