The call of Lovecraft

by Laurent Saïet

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ERYX 08:02
ARKHAM 06:44
LENG 06:18
DAGON 02:39
CTHULU 08:42


Avec son sixième CD pour Trace Label, et après ses aventures avec le trio Endlesston (« Between time » sur Infrastition), Laurent Saïet quitte les terres cinématographiques pour prendre comme inspiration les nouvelles de H.P. Lovecraft. Chaque titre de cet album porte le nom d’un lieu fictif ou réel issu de ces nouvelles (Arkham ; Miskatonic ; Providence…) ou bien de figures emblématiques de son œuvre culte (Necronomicon ; Cthulhu). Avec l’aide de musiciens invités (Quentin Rollet, Jean-Noël Cognard, Ben Ritter), Laurent Saïet tente de recréer l’atmosphère si particulière de chacune des nouvelles choisies, par des paysages sonores contemplatifs, étranges, inquiétants ou même cauchemardesques sur la fin : une menace invisible présente sur tout l’album éclate sur le dernier titre « Cthulhu ».

With his sixth solo album on Trace Label, and after his adventures with the Endlesston trio (“Between time” on Infrastition), Laurent Saïet leaves cinematographic lands to take an inspiration in H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories. Each title of this album use the name of fictional or real places from these stories (Arkham; Miskatonic; Providence …) or emblematic figures of his literary work (Necronomicon; Cthulhu). With the help of guest musicians (Quentin Rollet, Jean-Noël Cognard, Ben Ritter), Laurent Saïet tries to recreate the singular atmosphere of each of these short stories, with contemplative, strange & disturbing soundscapes ou even nightmarish at the end: An invisible threat existing on the whole album bursts on the last title “Cthulhu”.

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released July 23, 2018

Composed, arranged, produced & mixed by Laurent Saïet
Laurent Saïet: guitar, keyboards, bass, loops, programmed percussion, strings & electronic instruments, Mellotron, Theremin.
Quentin Rollet: alto & sopranino saxophone on 2, 5 & 11.
Jean-Noël Cognard: drums on 10 & 11.
Ben Ritter: clarinet on 7.

Invocation, video realized by Justine Gasquet (
Drawings: Justine Gasquet / Cover Design: Thierry Müller

2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: recorded at home in 2015-2017, except sax & drums parts recorded by Patrick Müller at Pierre Schaeffer Studio, Châtenay-Malabry.
1. Basic tracks recorded in 2009, reworked & completed in 2016.
3. Basic tracks recorded in 2010, reworked & completed In 2015 for “Invocation”, a video by Justine Gasquet (
4. Basic tracks recorded in 2013, completed in 2017.


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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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