KEXP at Trans Musicales: Octave Noire

photo by Morgan Chosnyk

This week, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session each Friday, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week we present cinematic electronic artist Patrick Moriceau, who performs under the name Octave Noire, with his live band.

DJ Morgan says of our experience with them:

We keep hearing from each band that one of the most unique things about Trans Musicales is the fact that the Artistic and Program Director Jean-Louis Brossard makes a point of booking unknown and often extremely new bands. The second band of the day, Octave Noire, is a prime example of a brand new band being booked by the merit of just a couple of recordings and having the development of their live performances nurtured by the festival itself. Singer/lyricist Patrick Moriceau and keyboardist/synth player/music maker/dreamer of dreams Ton’s began writing songs in the beginning of 2016, then went their separate ways for months to develop the music on their own before reconvening a month and a half ago to begin playing live performances to prepare for their show tonight at Trans Musicales. The festival seems to be an amazing resource for new bands having a summit a month before the proper festival called the Tourné Trans, which helps workshop bands and give them experience in front of audiences before their showcase at the festival in December. This afternoon saw Octave Noire playing a groovy set of dream-pop with the addition of French pop-star Yelle’s drummer Franck Richard to improve the groove.

Watch our live session below, recorded at the historic Hôtel Pasteur, now a dental university and arts performance space, and find more about Octave Noire on their website and Facebook page. Also, be sure to pick up Octave Noire’s debut album, Néon, out now.

Watch more sessions recorded by KEXP at Trans Musicales here.

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