Carré is the newest signee of Montreal’s Duprince Records who makes cryptic yet entrancing tunes.
By: Sun Noor
The best way to describe Joseph Carré is as a multidimensional character from a graphic novel. His complexities are transmitted into his music, which can be heard in the adventurous “Les Fantômes.” The track, which translates as “the ghosts” consists of an affirmative rhythm and a hypnotic theme of modern encounters. The lush and enthralling instrumentation for this track consists of keyboard saturations and fuses elements of gospel and occult rock.
On the topic of what inspired Carré when writing the song, he mention “‘Les Fantômes’ was a weird experience. A result of being a bit overwhelmed by some not so pleasant encounters and feeling left out without answers led me to express this haunting piece of music. The only feedback I could find was my own and it felt like a natural feeling of shared disappointment. Either way, I wanted to dance with the ghosts, but I guess I’ll never see them dance, and anyway, they wouldn’t understand.”
Carré collaborated with artist and director Phil Console to create a visual that would complement this ghostly track. The pair put together an incredibly nostalgic animated clip, reminiscent of old cartoons from the 60s similar to Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby Doo or the original Spider Man, which is fitting for the music. When talking about his inspiration for the clip he states, “Images and ideas were pretty vivid for this clip and I tried to capture all the colors relevant to its understanding. I then shared it with a brilliant animation director and friend, Philippe Beauséjour, who proceeded to elaborate on what I’ve previously verbalized. It’s fun and colorful and establishes the future environment in which this project will thrive.“
To add to this release, Carré also unveiled a B-side track called “Magique, Hypnotique.” The song was derived from a piano melody he has been working on for a few years, which he managed to develop overtime.
Download/stream “Magique, Hypnotique” here.
Check out the visual for Les Fantômes below:
Header photo credit: JF Sauvé.