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« Mon coin de ciel » is the seventh album by Paul Péchenart. Authentic Rock guitarist and co-founder of the Dogs in the 70s, Paul Péchenart tirelessly composes new songs.

Like Paul Péchenart’s last albums, the writing and production of the music took place over a period of about 2 years. Most of the songs are original, unpublished and recent. The general tone is reminiscent of the one already explored in previous productions. We only talk about what we know well. In this case, it is cities, relationships, travels, questions and surprises that it is.
If it were a film, it would be classified in dramatic comedies where the lightness of images meets darker atmospheres. The opposition of these opposites gives relief to the whole. The emotional context is tinged with melancholy but also sunny enthusiasm.
Talking about this new album is talking about songs, translations in words and sounds of what makes the salt of our days. It is to speak of Paul Péchenart’s personal way of looking at the world and the people who inhabit it.

Paul Péchenart (Lead vocals, guitars, ukulele)
Paul Péchenart Junior (guitars, percussions, piano, background vocals)
Esteban Avellan (Bass, electric guitar)
Théo Bertou (Drums, percussions)
Camille Feist (vocals on « Plus léger que l’air », background vocals)
François Casaÿs (Keyboards)

All songs and compositions by Paul Péchenart
Arrangements by Paul Péchenart Junior and Esteban Avellan
Recorded and mixed by François Casaÿs | Accès Digital
Photos : Vincent Gilot and Ben Gaston for Camille Feist
Artwork : Carole Cettolin
Production by Paul Péchenart, Paul Péchenart Junior, Esteban Avellan and Théo Bertou
Release date :  10-11-2023

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MON COIN DE CIEL by Paul Péchenart is available here

Ni!L presents the album “Saṃsāra”

Saṃsāra is a stoner rock album, a little garage and grunge, sung in French.
For Ni!L, the Saṃsāra is a reflection of a thirst for existence, of successive rebirths. The 10 titles are stages of an unending journey where everyone meets the ups and downs of life, while seeking liberation. Cycles of suffering and rebirth follow. Inspired by dark or light sounds, but also by poetry and spirituality, Ni!L offers a carefully thought out album but all in spontaneity, without frills to keep the impact and flexibility of a duo, the power of a tandem. The formula is quite surprising but the result confirms that everything is possible with time, feet on the ground and head in clouds.

Each title is a metaphor that explores deep themes of our time. A first peculiarity opens the album: “Smarana“, which means “remember” in Sanskrit, is the link between the old sound of Ni!L and the new two-way balance. Samples of the two previous self-produced albums are integrated here and there throughout the instrumental title, as a mise en abye of the transition: from one album to another, from one track to another, but also from one state to another, physical or emotional.

Bardenas“, the first single presented in mid-June, evokes the personal crossing of the desert, the inner journey, as well as the quest for knowledge, truth and meaning.
In a perfect «grunge tradition», the concealed depression (En Surface), the madness of male/female relationships and moral harassment (Le Banquet), or the grip of toxic relationships and the difficulty to free oneself from them (Entaille), are as many societal subjects approached more or less frontally.

Serveur” reminds us of the importance of authentic human relationships in a world that evolves at the pace of ultimately antisocial networks. It encourages us to unplug the plug and get away from these 2.0 poisons that are gangrene the web.
Sunyata“, an instrumental title, serves as a link with «Tamiser», a piece with a more heavy aesthetic, highlighting the devastating consequences of climate change on our planet and the frustration in the face of collective inaction.

So yes, the subjects are heavy (Entaille) and reflect a society often abused. Yet Ni!L’s approach is almost comforting. We don’t fall into terror. We hear a real indie rock album.
Like a lighthouse in the dark, “Toucher le Nord” guides us on the paths of the stoner. It evokes commitment, the future, otherness. This title is resolutely bright and dynamic, like a promise of hope in a tormented world.
«Saṃsāra» is the eponymous title that ends the album but also means «transition». Music seems to take over everything (there will probably be a sequel, perhaps successive existences?).

In summary, the album “Saṃsāra” is a musical journey in a grunge and sincere atmosphere. Ni!L invite the listener to dive into the meanderings of the human soul. It reminds us that we are all made of shadow and light, joy and sadness, love and pain.

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Bardenas by Ni!L

The stoner rock duo Ni!L plunges us into the vastness of a desert in northern Spain with BARDENAS, the first single available from the album Samsara. (Released on September 15, 2023).

Dark riffs, powerful drums, French lyrics, big rock inspired by the grunge and stoner of American bands like Soundgarden or Queen Of The Stone Age: these are the ingredients of Ni!L.

Filmed with a drone in the Monegros desert stretching over the provinces of Zaragoza and Huesca in northern Spain, the BARDENAS video offers breathtaking landscapes and puts into perspective the human loneliness in the wild and inhospitable vastness of an arid region.

The title BARDENAS is, according to Ni!L, “the symbol of the different crossings in our personal desert, the different stages of our evolution, of our quest. But also, the very symbolism of the desert that we must all face in uncertain times: may it be in the disappearance of a humanity, of contact, in this drought that waits to be irrigated, if only by tears, or this emptiness, the deprivation of the essence of being and existing.”

“What is beautiful in the desert is that it hides a source somewhere”. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Ni!L invites us to find this hidden source in ourselves, to draw from our inner resources to overcome the difficulties of life and even in the most difficult moments, there is always hope and beauty to be found.

BARDENAS, the first single of the album SAMSARA to be released on September 15, 2023, an album where energies and dualities coexist: a very rock music, grunge but with a spiritual and meditative dimension that simply encourages the listener to let go.

Film directed by Guillaume Brunet
Editing : Ni!L
Chief operator, colorimetry, calibration : Guillaume Brunet
Technical team : Delphine Rigot, Jean-Michel Gaudemer

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Songs for Louisa on video

With “Songs for Louisa“, the composer and bassist Laurent Bonnot presents an original repertoire. He is accompanied by saxophonists Christophe Monniot and Ricardo Izquierdo, and drummer Eric Échampard. It’s OuLiPo Quartet!

OuLiPo Quartet’s main goal is to let go of the listener. Whether he is a seasoned musician, a neophyte or a music lover, no one can relate to metrics or try to analyze. You just have to rock and travel.

All titles are put in images by Lucas Ranoux and are available on Youtube.

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