BRUIT hail from Toulouse and are about to release their debut album ‘The machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again’ on 2nd April.
In advance of this, they have released a single ‘Renaissance’ together with attendant video out now!
Emerging from the ashes of several pop bands, BRUIT ≤ was born out of the desire of its members to turn their backs on the majors and return to a process of creation without constraints.
Initially the band’s intention was not to perform live but to research and experiment with sound in a studio environment. They create ambient/neo-classical/post-rock fused with modern classical styles from this research, starting at the end of 2016, when they produced two live videos filmed in their studio that would enable the band to make its debut on the Toulouse scene.
After this experience, Clément Libes (bass, violin), Damien Gouzou (drums) and Théophile Antolinos (guitar) composed together in search of their own sound identity and with the aim to create progressive music that subverts genre and would result in the expansion of stylistic boundaries. Consequently, during this time the band went through several line-up changes until Luc Blanchot (cello) joined in January 2018. It was only then that BRUIT ≤ truly felt complete and sure of their direction, creating emotively intense and expansive instrumental compositions of a conceptual nature that merge post-rock, ambient electronica and modern classical.
On 19 July, 2018, BRUIT ≤ signed to Elusive Sound who released their first EP titled “Monolith” in the fall of 2018. Afterwards Bruit went on a 20-show tour of France and Belgium sharing the stage with bands like Shy Low, Slift, The Black Heart Rebellion, Silent Whale Becomes A Dream, Jean Jean, Endless Dive, Poly Math, Orbel or A Burial At Sea. The band was invited to play at the Dunk Festival in 2020 but the event was cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic.
BRUIT ≤ focused on the composition and production of their first full- length album, changing their line-up again with Julien Aouf taking over on drums. ‘The machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again’, will be released digitally on the 2nd of April 2021. It promises to be a very beautiful post-rock album that mixes in big classical string sections with ambient electronica. They recently shared a spine-tingling new live video for the album title track, which was recorded in the Gesu church in Toulouse and sees the band accompanied by the brass section from France’s Capitol National Orchestra.
The band say this about the single ‘Renaissance’: ”The piece evokes a humanity reborn from its ashes and rebuilding itself from nature. On this track Mehdi Thiriot has created a video clip, woven with symbols that illustrate the everlasting conflict between nature and culture.’
The album is written like an imageless movie, containing two chapters that illustrate an inevitable repetition of events and a vicious cycle that human civilisations are stuck in. It is an existential tale describing a humanity that experiences apocalypse and rebirth. Culture and nature are in conflict. The intersection of acoustics and electronics dissolves into a disorientation of time and thematics.
The band comment: “We don’t consider this album to be a compilation of separate tracks but more like a poetic interlude where every moment introduces the next. The listener will only sporadically be guided towards a theme or a voice and will instead find meaning by surrendering to the intangible atmospheres that allow the listener to create their own narratives. We prefer long formats because we consider that our modern society disconnects us from our biological and natural rhythm. We think that music should be a medium of reappropriation of our given time. We have decided not to diffuse our music on corporate streaming platforms, because we believe they contradict the philosophical and political ideals we defend.”