Scattered Clouds shares “La politique, concours pseudo-érotique” a new song and video from its upcoming record TAKE AWAY YOUR SUMMER out June 27 on Boiled Records. Inspired by the dichotomous terrain of their hometown of Hull, Québec, the experimental outfit of Philippe Charbonneau and Jamie Kronick’s second album is a futuristic broken romance set amidst a burning dystopian landscape. Shot and edited by Patrick Lozinsky during amateur wrestling event Lutte 07 in Gatineau, the restrained, hypno-funk plod of “La politique” is belied by the reckless battle at play in the bright lights of the ring.
“‘La politique, concours pseudo-érotique’ is about the current political climate, how there’s a growing sense of powerlessness in democracy and how world politics seem to play out like a theatre show,” says the band. “The video is a metaphorical exploration of amateur wrestling entertainment and how it is analogous to the satirical and barbaric presentation of the modern day political stage.”
Scattered Clouds explores themes of political conspiracy, post-capitalism, police brutality and nihilism against a romantic backdrop of auto-fictional narratives told in both English and French prose. Drawing inspiration from Serge Gainsbourg’s erotically-charged vocal delivery, “La politique” courses with the primal pulse of urban tribalism. With a sonic palette that calls to mind late-70s/early 80s soundtracks like Vangelis’ Blade Runner, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, Brad Fiedel’s The Terminator, and Tangerine Dream’s The Sorcerer, TAKE AWAY YOUR SUMMER walks the razor thin line between cacophony and delight, balancing tones of ecstasy and unease.
“La politique” follows the album’s first single and video, “Don’t Question Me,” and the album-closing cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Intruder,” whose brooding and austere rhythms, off-kilter synth melodies, and distant echoic vocals set the stage for the album’s terse retro-synthetic soundscapes.
TAKE AWAY YOUR SUMMER was written, recorded, and produced by Scattered Clouds in Hull, Québec, working collaboratively with co-producer Michael John Dubue (of HILOTRONS) and Grammy-nominated Ottawa engineer Philip Shaw Bova. Featuring artwork based on a photo of a quietly burning dépanneur seen by Charbonneau one summer night, the album imagery captures the ominous yet seductive confines of the band’s vivid anti-utopia. The album will be released on vinyl and digital formats by Boiled Records, the Toronto & Philadelphia-based experimental record that released fellow Hull band FET.NAT’s acclaimed Le Mal LP earlier this year.
Scattered Clouds recently completed a tour supporting SUUNS through Europe, and an east coast jaunt with Mauno, having previously shared the stage with Andy Shauf, Timber Timbre, Jerusalem In My Heart, and others. The TAKE AWAY YOUR SUMMER TOUR continues with Festival OFF de Québec, and album launch shows in Toronto, Montréal, Kingston and Hull.
Photo Credit : Jamie Kronick // DOWNLOAD HIGH RES
TAKE AWAY YOUR SUMMER TRACK LISTING
2. La politique, concours pseudo-érotique
3. Don’t Question Me
4. Days On End
5. Broken Spirits
7. Morning After
TAKE AWAY YOUR SUMMER TOUR DATES
July 6 - Québec, QC - Festival OFF
July 12 - Kingston, ON - 12Cat
July 13 - Toronto, ON - Baby G w/ Badge Époque
July 19 - Montréal, QC - l’Escogriffe w/ Orchids
July 20 - Hull, QC - Minotaure w/ Orchidae