Cvlt Nation is currently streaming Quelle, the enveloping new full-length from Belgium-based enigmatic post-metal collective B R I Q U E V I L L E. The stream comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, October 2nd, via Pelagic Records.
Writes Cvlt Nation of the offering, “What does an isolated mind sound like? That’s what Belgian post-rock band B R I Q U E V I L L E set out to find when they began recording their new record Quelle in the COVID-19 world. I don’t know about you, but when the world seemed to change overnight, I immediately began anticipating the art and music that would emerge from the confusion and disorientation we found ourselves in. So we’re really excited to be sharing this album: a true time capsule for a year that none of us will forget. It’s eerie and harsh, and at the same time comforting and uplifting – a perfect soundtrack for a year that’s brought us utter destruction and death and at the same time as many of us are awakening and ascending….”
Read more and stream B R I Q U E V I L L E’s Quelle at THIS LOCATION.
View B R I Q U E V I L L E’s previously released video for “Akte XV” HERE.
Following 2017’s dazzling instrumental opus II, the Flemish five-piece returns with their third studio album and one of the first real pandemic-albums to be released on Pelagic. The band members completed the album in separation, working out better than initially expected. They were forced to take distance not only from each other, but also towards their own song material. Some pieces grew larger than originally intended; others were stripped down to the essentials and reinvented. The end result is a staggering album that is sophisticated and smothering at the same time, made up of altogether shorter songs as compared to the previous release, and there is a more prominent focus on those tasty electronics, which have always been an integral part of B R I Q U E V I L L E’s sound.
Quelle shows that B R I Q U E V I L L E individually and collectively have a big heart for the gritty, dark, psychedelic, heavy, and other-worldly, as much as a love for beauty and melody. It’s a soundtrack to the pandemic, written and recorded not before, but during isolation – and a testimony that isolation can spawn the greatest creativity. Fans of Goat, Oranssi Pazuzu, Sleep, Bong, Isis, Pelican, Mogwai, Sunn O))), Godspeed You Black! Emperor, Amenra, Breach, and the like, pay heed.
Quelle will be released on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION.
The contemporary Belgian heavy music scene continues to spawn some truly enigmatic bands, and B R I Q U E V I L L E – the spaces between the letters are indeed part of their moniker – are among the most intriguing of them all. The meditative heaviness of their sound and the careful engineering of the visual aspects of their mesmerizing live performance rituals are awe-inspiring and challenging in equal measure. A band shrouded in mystery, the black Nazgûl-robes and golden masks that all members wear on stage give their presence the air of an occult ritual, but the band is not chasing (a) Ghost; in fact they’ve been masked for over a decade and even do so during rehearsals. The anonymity is meant to create equality and prevents a cult of personality.
“…as creepy and dark and heavy as you’d expect from a band who look like this one does on stage.” — BrooklynVegan
“Dynamic, mind-churning, abstract soundscapes lay within…” – Invisible Oranges“Quelle sounds gorgeous, for all the hopeless misery that drenches the music…” — Angry Metal Guy