Published Sep 08, 2020With the end of summer approaching, Montreal-based electro-pop trio Le Couleur are closing it out with a more literal kind of end: death. Like the rest of their discography, Le Couleur's third album Concorde is jam packed with Francophone disco and synth-pop, but this time, it's laced with darker psychedelic rock, meatier baselines, epic instrumental breakdowns and morbid explorations.
The band's colourful synths and eclectic blend of vintage and modern sounds will have listeners wanting to twirl the night away on a lit-up dance floor — only to be left feeling like they've stumbled into a living nightmare when further inspecting the lyrical content. The album has a gentle grandeur about it, evident in Laurence Giroux-Do's soothing vocals alongside lengthy intricate instrumental segments on tracks like "Désert" and "Comme une fin du monde", an otherworldly highlight about the end of the world.
The album's title track (named after the plane involved in the 2000 Air France crash) is lush and steady, painting a picture of gazing out of an airplane window at the sunset, then cut through by voices ominously reading plane coordinates through a speaker. The layered, peppy vocals on "Train de minuit" are reminiscent of a long-lost ABBA song, and the band showcases their psychedelic stylings on sensual instrumental interlude "Vol d'apres-midi", with a slithering bass line.
Le Couleur have never shied away from big glamorous songs, but Concorde shows the band at their most ambitious, both in sound and in storytelling. (Lisbon Lux)