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Angil and the fucking Hiddentracks

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Angil’s new EP was recorded at Ohmnibus Studio in Saint-Etienne, France, with long-lasting collaborator and talented producer Greg Aliot. The four-track EP was also based on mutual trust with an artistic director, whose work already influenced Raymonde Howard’s first LP, and with whom Mickaël Mottet aka Angil had recorded his early demos when he moved to Saint-Etienne, in 1996.

Both friends knew they would work together again someday, and they did – the mixing and mastering of Angil’s new songs was an ideal opportunity to disrupt the band’s habits in a moving, complex, sometimes antagonistic relationship.

Beyond the band’s usual influences (Broadcast, Why?, Pavement), you may hear references to the abstract hip-hop of Kill the Vultures or the Breeders clever kind of rock music.

In the footsteps of the rawest aspects of their latest LP, Now, ANGIL AND THE FUCKING HIDDENTRACKS is both breaking and skilfully digesting the pop orchestra’s past sounds. It is released as a digital EP and a 10-inch vinyl EP illustrated by French cartoonist Guillaume Long thanks to the subscribers of the Microcultures crowdfunding website.

The band will be touring as a 7-piece group from this summer on (31/08 Tulle, 06/09 Rennes Avant-scène, 07/09 Paris Espace B… all forthcoming gigs are announced on angil.org).

ANGIL AND THE HIDDENTRACKS – Background

9 musicians
Drums, double bass, guitar,
trombone, saxophone, trumpet,
flute, clarinet, violin.

4 albums released by We are Unique! Records
2004, TEASER FOR: MATTER – UK licence with Megaphone (Karen Dalton, Michael Head)
“Great album. Folk becomes dangerous again…” (Les Inrockuptibles)

2007, OULIPO SALIVA – international licence with Chemikal Underground (Arab Strap, Mogwai, Delgados)
“Mickaël Mottet is indeed one of the most original and creative French songwriters.”(Magic);
“One of the most compelling records of the year” (****) (The Herald)

2010, THE AND (featuring duets with Laetitia Sadier, Françoiz Breut, Emma Pollock, Jim Putnam, etc.)
“Let’s write it now so everyone knows: The And is some sort of masterpiece.”(Magic)

2012, NOW (in the top 10 of many French webzines)
“It is quite mysterious that a composer, melody and songwriter of that kind be half as renowned as he should” (Magic)
“His best album. Angil is in full command of his faculties.” (Froggy’s Delight)

9 years of tours (in France, Iceland, the UK, the US, Canada, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany…)
With the likes of Why?, Brigitte Fontaine, The Kills, Françoiz Breut, Radar Brothers, Arlt, Zita Swoon, Troy Von Balthazar, Joseph Arthur…
At Lyon Nuits de Fourvière, Montreal Under the Snow, Barcelona Primavera Sound, many official and not-so-official French venues…

10 years of sessions/interviews/broadcasting
Including WFMU, Choq, BBC 6, France Inter (La matinale, L’atelier), France Culture (Le RenDez-Vous), Le Mouv (Popcorn, Rodéo), Planète Claire, the Férarock and Campus radio networks… Acoustic sessions for Citazine, Froggy’s Delight… Featured on compilations for A découvrir absolument, Les Inrockuptibles, Rock ‘n’Folk, etc.

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