Grand Soleil Share offbeat hook-laden track ‘Alma’
Brothers Pach and Drich are Grand Soleil and they continue their musical evolution with irreverent new track ‘Alma’, a captivating funk-infused follow up to the recent track ‘Violence’ and is accompanied by an 80s influenced animated visualizer, following in the same vein as fellow French acts Daft Punk and Justice.
Taken from Grand Soleil’s forthcoming album ‘Human Error’, the pair fuse distorted electro-clash rhythms with references to popular culture, resulting in something entirely new and refreshing.
They say: “The track was born out of a collaboration with Valère Amirault (director and animator) and Lili Des Bellons (cartoonist) for their animated video “ALMA”, of which we have kept the title. We wanted to do something different from what is usually done in Science Fiction soundtracks so we took the direction of a very funk track that works well with the colors of the film. It had to sound very organic so we used our analog synths, this is also the only track on the album with a real bass that is practically the main part of the song. We also used a vocoder which allowed us to “sing” the lead synth!”
Grand Soleil is two brothers Pach and Drich, both share a love for eclecticism – they grew up cradled by the 90s pop culture nourished by jazz, hip hop, funk but also by science fiction throughout movies and cartoons. These inspirations gave them the necessary freedom and limitless curiosity. From Hip Hop to techno with a pinch of French Touch, the duo draw inspiration from their idols (Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus).
‘Human Error’ is an evolving album: a journey that starts in the light and heads towards the darkness. The album was born out of the realisation that the present looks increasingly like a fiction of anticipation in which humanity is guilty of its own loss. The brothers’ goal is to gently attract those who are not used to listening to “violent” music (in terms of rhythms, sounds and words) to spread an important message. It’s throughout samples that the artists express their feelings by trying to raise awareness on the unreality of living in this chaotic time and by calling for change and action.