Constellation news – Pat Jordache releases album details

24 Feb
Pat Jordache has been making elliptical sparkling waves in Montreal’s vibrant noise-pop community for several years now. His band Sister Suvi with Merill Garbus made a fierce but short-lived impact, serving up dense, lo-fi, supercharged complexity and garnering accolades from Pitchfork among others for their Now I Am Champion album. With the departure of Garbus for the American west coast and her focus on tUnE-yArDs, Pat drew inspiration from that friendship and from Garbus’ hermetic solo process, retreating to minimum wage employment while working up home recordings of solo material.

Future Songs is the bracing result of Pat’s isolation; an album of brilliant off-kilter pop, anchored by woozy baritone vocals, angular guitar lines and a gloriously careening approach to rhythm and arrangement. Evoking sounds and sensibilities that encompass David-Baker-era Mercury Rev, Joy Division, Scott Walker and Can, to name just a few, Future Songs was self-released on cassette and went up on Bandcamp in summer of 2010, circulating quickly through Montreal’s DIY music community and Tumblr accounts across the continent. While entirely self-recorded, with almost all parts played by Jordache, the material unmistakably cried out for full band treatment, for which there was no shortage of eager participants.

Early Pat Jordache shows were solo ventures, re-working the recorded music using a DD-3 pedal capable of looping only 1.4 seconds of sound. These droning minimalist arrangements soon came to be supported by the explosive percussion efforts of duelling drummers Phillip Chanel, Jeffrey Malecki and Thom Gillies. Rory Seydel (Shapes and Sizes) soon joined the group on guitar, allowing for a more faithful interpretation of the recorded songs. Pat Jordache toured house show circuits as a 3-piece and 4-piece throughout 2010 while playing tirelessly at home in Montreal’s underground spaces, with occasional forays into the mainstream, including a raucous and rhapsodic late-night set at the Pop Montreal after-party venue.

Future Songs opens with the clarion call of “Radio Generation” (also pressed on a tour-only 7″ with previously unreleased “Radar” on the B-Side), where Jordache’s falsetto kicks off the tune against stuttering and fluttering guitar vamps before settling into an off-beat chord pattern and verses delivered in Jordache’s unique baritone. “Get It” follows, built from a great staccato riff and driven by tripled octave-shifted vocals. “Salt On The Fields” brings back the damaged Beach Boys falsetto winding around a rhythmic track of bubbling wood block and chimes, with a taste of afro-beat guitar lines. “Gold Bound” is woozy psych-tinged lo-fi folk. “The 2-Step” instantly sounds like a lost classic from a Joy Division session. “ukUUU” deploys nature sounds, reverse vocals and spaghetti western guitars winding their way towards a speak-song testimonial and a Velvets-style doo-wop to close the album. All in all, an awesome ride.

With the original sessions lost in the theft of Jordache’s laptop from a Montreal roadside smoked meat shop, the initial release of Future Songs was in lo-res, self-mastered 160 kbps mp3. In one of the many small miracles of our digital age, full resolution back-up .wav files of the sessions were dredged up from a forgotten Mediafire account, from which the songs were re-mastered for the Constellation release of the album.

Constellation are planning to release this record on 26 April in the UK. Meanwhile, you can listen to the track, ‘Get It (I Know You’re Going To)’ on the Constellation website now.
Future Songs is… rough-housing; it is stargazing when you’re in love, reeling from a blow to the head, wearing sunglasses.
– SAID THE GRAMOPHONE
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