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Olivier Alary

Fiction NonFiction


Montreal-based Frenchman Olivier Alary is a highly talented composer, who has previously collaborated with Bjork. Having released albums on FatCat and Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label under the lushly-orchestrated, experimental pop guise of Ensemble, over the past 5 or 6 years Olivier has moved away from that song-based project to focus on composing material for a stream of films and artistic collaborations. In June 2016 Olivier signed to 130701, and this album – a compilation of film soundtrack work - marks his debut under his own name. Largely self-produced, the material on the album was recorded at a variety of dates and locations, and utilises a range of instrumental set-ups. It features performances from the Babelsberg Filmorchestra, The Wroclaw Score Orchestra, Saint Stanislas de Kostka Choir, members of the Warhol Dervish String quartet, as well as pianist / arranger Johannes Malfatti, saxophonist Erik Hove and many other musicians from the hyper-dynamic Montreal music scene. Each track witnesses Olivier’s precision and attention to harmonic and textural detail, confirming his sheer talent at layering / arranging sound. From the rich, smoky, deeply atmospheric saxophone-led tracks like Yu Shui and Flooding to the lusciously-textured ascension of Nollywood (the closest-sounding thing here to Ensemble), they showcase the emergence of a composer of considerable talent.

Tracklist
  • 1. Xi
    2. Defeat
    3. Pulses (For Percussion)
    4. Nollywood
    5. Yu Shui
    6. Khaltoum
    7. Arrivée
    8. Autodrome
    9. Canon
    10. Juanicas
    11. Dancing Bottle
    12. Flooding
    13. Qin
    14. Pulses (For Winds)
    15. Forêt
    16. The Dreaming
    17. Epilogue