On ‘Montauban,’ Remi Parson Ponders If We Can Ever Really Go Home Again

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Photo Credit: Rémi Parson/Objet Disque. Photo Credit: Rémi Parson/Objet Disque.

Fresh off last year’s stunning Précipitations LP, French synthpop mastermind Rémi Parson has released the much darker, more complex Montauban EP.

Précipitations, which ranked fifth on Vehlinggo’s Top 15 Albums of 2015, was a sanguine New Order-influenced record bathed in an intimate, lo-fi sound that was also complex and even cinematic at times. It also had a quintessential French music-geekiness to it — as if there was some sort of inherent gnosis. The result was a catchy body of work equally esoteric and utterly intimate and knowable to all.

Montauban has its own such paradoxes, but this time around Parson has expanded his reach a bit. For Précipitations Parson largely wrote alone in his London flat, using the implements he had around him. For this new EP, though, Parson teamed up with song engineer Simon Trought, multi-instrumentalist Sam Beer, and his close friend Bruno…

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