LES FONTAINES are a Toronto “éléctro-psyche” synth pop duo. Their second 9 track album Rêve Noire is out now on Toronto’s paper+sound label, available as a download.
Lorenz Peter (synths, noise, turntables) has played in numerous other duos, including CORPUSSE, OFFWORLD and in bass synth duo PROCESSOR.
Heiki Sillaste (synths, drum machines, effects) has previously made music as cult elektro industrialists DIGITAL POODLE and electronic maximalists KINDER ATOM. Current music includes HOZERZ and many solo records.
This new album by Les Fontaines was recorded in several stages and various studios, including a sauna cabin in the great Canadian wilderness.
Les Fontaines’ Rêve Noire album was created with an expanding collection of vintage synths, a bunch of drum machines and cheap & nasty effects units. Effected bird calls and late night wild animal sounds add to the atmospheres.
The album opens with Sac Douce. A super mellow vibe, created with an abstract arpeggiator and a lonely mono lead synth. Followed up by the title track, Rêve Noire, which is representative of the off-kilter electronic lounge sound pursued by the group. Les Sexe Pistoles is not quite punk, but rather an excerpt taken from the futuristic film soundtrack of the never realized, French, dystopian erotic police thriller!
The Unlearn is something entirely else. Recorded in a single take, this is Les Fontaines at their melodic, electro-pop finest. Vacances En Plastique is a full on, electronic synth punk stonker. When Suicide went to the French Riviera Discothèque?
Awake? Asleep? Sixxi is the sound of somewhere in between. Face to floor and barely hanging on. Ruff synthesizers growl over unidentified washes of sound.
A cocktail mixologist’s dream, Substance Abuse is one part shrieks from the animal kingdom, mixed with three parts of exotica, psychedelia and electronic lounge music. Tervist!
Les Femmes Sauvages is an epic, metal groove that combines deep, funky voodoo rhythms, unhinged vocal chants, hand percussion and loud, gritty synthesizers.
Les Fontaines’ album ends on a similar note to how it began. Le Fin Du Film is the ideal music for any film’s end credits. The band members can’t exactly remember recording this track, other than fuzzy thoughts of being strewn out on the floor, surrounded by their instruments and their vices. Maybe it was all a dark dream?
Les Fontaines Rêve Noire is a culmination of many years of improvising, editing, analyzing, further electronic jamming, discussing, programming, drawing, listening and creating.
released May 19, 2020
All music by Lorenz Peter
and Heiki Sillaste.
Recorded at Sauna Porch Recordings Co., North Keppel
and at Wright Sounds, Toronto.
Drawings by Lorenz.
Design by Heiki.
Photos by Aaron Dawson and Fresh Disco Porker Gas.