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rikm It begins with the sound of waves, the sound of the tide on a lonely shore, and from there Lamontagne and Toledo lead the listener on a musical journey, telling a story along the way.

It's a very delicate release, there's a fragile beauty to it that I truly admire, along with a sense of hope and joy that I greatly appreciate in these stressful times.

Highly recommended...
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Bouton 02:29
Anthracite 09:02
Tissus 04:16
Avant 03:34
Patchwork 06:30
Fil 04:45


"Belle Chemise" is the thread of a story.

The story started with the "happy morning feeling of wearing a dress shirt" ("une Belle Chemise"), shortly followed by a share of fresh stems.

The wish to add a new chapter to our collaboration was strong (after "Variations sur tout ce qui pousse (musique pour station orbitale)", and "6 Steps to Red Forest").

The project started as the previous ones, with back and forth exchange of ideas between Canada (where Mathieu lives) and Finland (where Emmanuel lives). Field recordings, compositions based on analog and digital synthesizers layered along the stems shared initially, and new potential tracks were born.

The project continued but slowed down as Emmanuel temporarily moved Hangzhou for a full year.

There were limitations (lacking gear and fuzzy internet on the Chinese side), and long pauses also due to each fellow's busy timetables, but the project was at all time 'alive', and it was concluded few months after the return to Finland.

The project was a first-time for both of us, with plenty of time to reflect on what we want to achieve, and with the emphasis to take the most of the original stems, over and over. The result comes as different tracks fueled by various musical approaches, but as a coherent ensemble.

So the loop is closed now, as we are finally ready to share our story, which we hope you will enjoy as much as we enjoyed creating it. We will wear "une Belle Chemise" the morning after the release for sure.


released May 20, 2016

Mathieu Lamontagne: arbee.bandcamp.com

Emmanuel Toledo: eeem.net

Artwork by Stopmotion

Mastered by Emmanuel




arbee Québec

electronic & ambient music


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