Since their creation in 2012, the story of Oiseaux-Tempête has been nothing short of fascinating and has seen core members Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul team up with more than two dozen different musicians to form an entity that, to quote the press release of the upcoming album, “is a constantly evolving collective that, embracing the freedom of improvisation, transcends borders and cultures, straddling the intersection where amplified music ( post / kraut / free-rock, jazz-punk, avant-garde, experimental electronics) collides and finds common ground – a refuge.”
After four records which resulted from trips around the Mediterranean sea, renowned musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart, formerly of Cursed) invited a quintet version of the group, completed by electronic musician Mondkopf, vocalist G.W. Sok (of The Ex fame) and percussionist Jean-Michel Pirès, for a residency. It included concerts in Montreal and Toronto in support of the Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart collaboration, as well as a two-day recording session at Moumneh’s Hotel2Tango studio. There, the collective created «From Somewhere Invisible», further enhanced by Radwan himself, performing buzuk, and by Jessica Moss from A Silver Mt. Zion on electric violin. Below, listen to its fifth track, «Weird Dancing In All-Night II».
You can follow Oiseaux-Tempête on Facebook and on their website. Further details regarding additional recordings, production, mixing, and artwork credits can be found here. Below, revisit the band’s three previous studio records: 2013’s «Oiseaux-Tempête», 2015’s «Ütopiya?» and «AL-’AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams)».