The dense and thorny sound of Bleu Nuit has the vital quality of sublimating the codes from the 80s to concoct undeniably modern songs - zigzagging between noise punk and coldwave hymns. On their debut LP ‘Le jardin des mémoires’, the band balances Yan Skene’s mystic, whispered melodies with a shimmering propulsion. Nicolas Gaudrealt’s winding, sharp guitar searches for a light amongst the vaporous, hazy synths at the foundation of “Féminin masculin” and “Concentration”. Since 2018, Skene and Gaudrealt have explored the juxtaposition the mystic and morbid, the formless and the geometric; bringing a welcome variation to the emerging Montreal sound found in bands like Corridor, Freak Heat Waves, and Preoccupations.
“La sauvagerie” features a John Cale-esque appearance from former Stereolab collaborator Julien Gasc, whose anxious narration is bound by the band’s most industrious side. ‘Le jardin des mémoires’ was co-released on LP by Requiem Pour Un Twister, digitally by Michel Records, and on cassette by Born Yesterday.
Bleu Nuit is Yan Skene and Nicolas Gaudreault.