French experimental rock trio Hifiklub and Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum collaborate for a dreamy, trance-like, unanticipated spoken words filled album. Titled Things That Were Lost in the Fire, this collaborative album will be out on 16th October through Dreamy Life Records (USA / formats: cassette and CD) and Toolong Records (Rest of the world, distributed by Differ-Ant / formats: vinyl and CD).
Hifiklub and Roddy Bottum met by chance in New York City when the versatile trio from Toulon was working on its album and film In Doubt, Shadow Him! alongside Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth).
A few months later, the band got together with Bottum to compose a single for a project as a tribute to American poetess Emily Dickinson. This first musical collaboration inspired both parties to embark on a more extended project together. After a handful of rehearsals, Hifiklub poured their impulsive desire to create the rhythmic and melodic foundations of nine original songs, plus a unique cover of “Eye of the Tiger” (Survivor). In a single day session, they recorded these instrumental compositions in the basement of an old, dingy nightclub.
The resulting sound was undeniably influenced by their underground workspace: the tight trance-like pop that resonated through these walls was something quite different from Hifiklub’s previous experimental tracks.
A transatlantic flight later, Roddy Bottum found himself on the French Riviera, in Saint-Aygulf to be precise. Caught in the spontaneous flow of the recorded tracks, the Faith No More keyboardist wrote new arrangements and texts that led the compositions into an other-worldly dimension. Bottum’s voice and spoken words — unpredictable, deep, and melancholic — add a dark, sensual vibe to this project that is further accentuated by Anthony Belguise’s modern artistic direction.
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