A tentacular sonic entity, an embrace with a thousand electric arms, a turbulent, abrasive vortex of pop noise, a stroboscopic highway, a declaration of war on the MP3, a primal musical kaleidoscope.
Olivier Mellano puts asside his rather gargantuan projects to return alone, in the studio and on stage, to raw energy, electric cataracts and sonic cascades.
Having put his guitars to the service of Mobiil, Psykick Lyrikah, Bed, Laetitia Sheriff and Dominique A, Olivier Mellano presents his solo album MellaNoisEscape. Somewhere between Shellac, Battles, Pinback et Blonde Redhead. The moment when sound is its own medium. A monumental arch of guitars, through which we hear the flow of baroque melody and tribal harmonies.
It’s only raison d’être is to dynamite the now… It is always disconcerting to witness the arrival of a great record. One you would put in your own top 5, one you which is still with you twenty years down the line and you’re still listening to it. This is the kind of emotional pull you’ll get when you put on MellaNoisEscape. Personally speaking, I immediately put it up there with Robert Wyatt, Blonde Redhead, Sonic Youth et PJ Harvey. [...] Laure Limongi, writer and publisher
If a form were to emerge out of the music of Olivier Mellano, it would no doubt be a many-headed, indefinable beast. An animal with florescent horns perhaps, locked against the wind, it’s enemy, its friend. Beating its silver hooves through an endless plain of notes in flight that no-one would dare to capture. They are simply part of the same, grand combat. [...] Arm, singer Psykick Lyrikah
Guitarist, composer, singer, wordsmith Olivier Mellano has forged is own path in the rich and varied landscape of popular music in France today (Yann Tiersen, Psykick Lyrikah, Mobiil, Bed, Laetitia Shériff or Dominique A...).
Over the last few years he has been playing his trade in the world of cinema, theater and danse and spoken word moving seamlessly between contemporary classical, alternative rock/pop, strict composition and free improvisation. In 2006, he released « La Chair des Anges » on the Naïve Classique label, a work for harpsichords and organ, electric guitars, voices and string quartet, situated somewhere between baroque and contemporary, featuring Valérie Gabail, the Debussy Quartet and Bertrand Cuiller. In 2012, on commission from the Brittany Symphony Orchestra, he composed the triptych « How we tried a new combination of notes... » premiered at the Rennes opera with the Brittany Symphony, conducted by Jean-Michaël Lavoie, Valérie Gabail, soprano, the Pink Iced Club 12 electric guitars, MC Dälek, Simon Huw Jones, Black Sifichi...
He is currently working on his second book, composes and performs music for the Stanislas Nordey's pieces and he's now decidedly back in the world of sonic rock with his solo album « MellaNoisEscape ».
Photo credit : Richard Dumas.
« Surely the pop-rock album of the year. »
« Powerful, tumultuous, a roller coaster of sonic highs and vertiginous free fall. » « Astonishing richness of texture matched by melodic precision. »
« Explosive, incisive or just plain dark, these songs are a veritable Stendhalien crystallization. »
« A music which takes us to heights and reminds us that that’s exactly where we’re supposed to be… A real experience. »
« A race through space, life in your face… »
« A pure marvel. Sullen but aglow. »
« As far away from cliché as you can get. »
« Not a moment wasted, not a breath in vain, we come out of this musical experience a bit stronger, fire in the belly, wanting to change, to open up even more. Catch him on stage. »
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