From his launching point in punk-rock, Chenaux has delved deep into the language of the guitar, pursuing minimalism, improvisation, fractured folk and slack noise, among other mediations and immediacies. He also sings and writes beautifully, and it has long been a dream of ours to hear a batch of new vocal tunes. Last year, we invited Eric to record some songs at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal. Supported by longtime collaborators Martin Arnold and Nick Fraser, Chenaux forged a sublime 9-song album that folds his devotion to Scottish folk and pop balladry, his mastery of \'damaged\' guitar dynamics, and his wistful, thoughtful voice into wonderfully fluid structures shaped by a trio of seasoned improvisers.
Dull Lights is an album of long winding melodies and subtle shifts and turns. It is also an album of love songs. Fraser\'s drums play around the beat, or paint beneath it, while Arnold and Chenaux pluck buzzing lines from guitars and banjos. From the warped guitar laden drag-waltz of \"Ronnie Mary\", to the processional monophony of \"White Dwarf, White Sea\", to the distorted bagpipe swath of \"Worm and Gear\", to the white noise crooning of the title track - Eric Chenaux has composed a delicate, intricate, inspired cycle of pared-down tunes using a highly original palette of guitar-based sounds and strategies. We\'re thrilled to present Eric\'s unique voice (and voicings) with this release.