Pachyderm's 'Two Weeks of Spring' Album Brings Desert Heat To Montreal
Last year I stumbled upon an amazing band during my coverage of Montreal’s Psych Fest. A band with the energy of 10 creative minds (however they are only two) blending their musical psyche into one mystical being. Pachyderm is one of those eclectic, magical and other worldly creations of sound you almost can’t believe you’re listening to. For someone who literally has “feel the music” tattooed on herself, it’s needless to say that this band got under my skin and gave me faith that real, heartfelt and inspiring music will never die.
Their latest album Two Weeks of Spring comes out in June and will feature 10 beautifully crafted and flowing songs that take you to different parts of the world so realistically I could swear I heard the sizzle of the desert sands under the instruments. Pachyderm is part English, Tom Jarvis, part French, Nico Braech and part enigmatic brilliance. Their beginnings were spent playing improvised sets and creating music inspired by some of the best of the ‘60s. TWOS is the band’s 3rd LP and it’s clear the two boys had one precise goal during the making of this album: creating a transcendent journey for whoever was listening. The inspiration for the songs came from Tom as he was escaping Montreal’s harsh temperatures in the middle of Havana, Cuba, two winters ago. While recording, the duo went back to their basics and recorded un-edited performances with touches of improvisation around their home built studio, located in a 200 year old house in St-Anicet, Quebec. You can even hear some of the wildlife (crickets, frogs and woodpeckers) that lived in the studio’s garden where some tracks were recorded. The press release really hits the nail on the head stating:
The pieces on this album reach into the netherworld between Eastern and Western musical traditions; the Hijaz melodies of the Midde-East, the Raga of Indian folk, the Tuareg blues of the Sahara, the spiritual sonics of Krautrock, and fuses it all with the power and the fury of rock.
Return To Bam Citadel, the opener, transports you half way across the world into a trek across the Sahara where a wrong turn suddenly drops you in the middle of an Indian Buddhist temple. While the first single off the album, Moroccan Dive Bar, is the perfect fusion between Tennessee blues/rock and the sounds of the Marrakesh nightlife. I couldn’t help but think Late Night Boat Across the Dead Sea felt like the end of a long romance that should have never began. A great stand out was also Mosquito Coast, a fast tempered song that resembles the beating of the rhythm of two lovers through time.
pictures courtesy of Brothers & Sisters Records