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M​ê​me Soleil

by Frédéric D. Oberland

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• more INFOS/PHOTOS : www.iikki-books.com/iikki-015-meme-soleil
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"Même Soleil" is the result of a dialog between the French photographer Gaël Bonnefon and the French musician Frédéric D. Oberland initiated by IIKKI, between December 2019 and June 2021.

the complete project works in two physical imprints:
a book and a disc (vinyl/cd)
it should be experienced in different ways :
the book read alone
the disc listened to alone
the book and the disc read and listened to together.
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Self-taught multi-instrumentalist & photographer, Frédéric D. Oberland finds himself at the crossroads of image and sound, favoring a synesthetic approach. He articulates different modes of narration, combining the raw character of the documentary form with the transfigured reality of myth and poetry, allowing him to question notions such as the sacred, the monstrous, the fraternity, while at the same time returning to the political news of the present. Attentive to the pulse of the body, his work is willingly itinerant, modulating between the ripples of dreams, watching the points of incandescence and the bursts of electricity that act as revelations of our presence in the world, here and now. He’s the co-founder of leading bands such as Oiseaux-Tempête, FOUDRE!, Le Réveil des Tropiques, FareWell Poetry and is co-curating the label NAHAL Recordings.

"Fueled by travels and their emanations, Frédéric D. Oberland’s music had to build new horizons this year, outlined by the curves of semi-modular synthesizers, the avalanches of effect pedals and the zigzagging paths of electric circuits. Même Soleil, his third solo album, manages to merge mystical visions of the unconscious and the absurdity of an apocalyptic present in a sensory whirlwind, operating an astonishing mutation with tones still unexplored in his previous releases. A visual as well as a musical journey that takes shape in a book and a record of the same title, Même Soleil is the result of a collaboration with the photographer Gaël Bonnefon. Seeking the tension between the blinding light of day and the glittering visions of saturated night skies, the two pieces in dialogue transcend reality to deliver their own truth, as bright as the first light of the sought-after morning. »
(Alice Butterlin)
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Gaël Bonnefon graduated with highest honours from the Fine Arts School of Toulouse (Isdat) in 2008. He has exhibited at Villa Pérochon, at the Eté photographique in Lectoure, at the 104 in Paris during Jeune Création 2012, at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles and at PhotoEspaña, at the Abattoirs Museum in Toulouse in 2014, at the Château d’Eau Gallery in 2012 and 2019 and in the Vitrine of Frac Île-de-France in 2020. His work is part of the collections of Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Château d'Eau gallery, Kulturamt in Dusseldorf and Kiyosato Museum in Japan ; he participated in Temps Zero projects Berlin, Braga, Rome, Bucarest, Groningen and Thessaloniki. He has also been granted artist’s residencies in Germany, France and Israel. His first book Elegy for the Mundane was published by La Main Donne in 2019. He continues his intimate and dense journey and presents his second publishing, Même Soleil with photographic works from 2009 to 2021.

"At first brutal and declining, the substance of Gaël Bonnefon's photography is just like a gaze that fears being one day extinguished and that is always looking to be born again. In photography as in love, recoil and desire, tension and easement, repetition, wandering and rest, flight and pursuit. Here photography allows itself to be traversed by flashes of life, renewed forces, echoes of far-off kindnesses and lost joys. It sings silently, lover of a thousand faces from which the thread of a single and same image is born, followed without relent, from the snowy peaks of childhood to the lost worlds of the present."
(Michaël Soyez)
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for more infos + photos :
www.iikki-books.com
www.fredericdoberland.com
www.gaelbonnefon.org
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credits

released July 19, 2021

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All music composed, performed and recorded by Frédéric D. Oberland between March 2020 and March 2021 at Magnum Diva:
analog synthesizers, mellotron, machine drum, flutes, alto saxophone, duduk, vocals, percussion, field recordings, electric bass & guitar

Mixed by Jean-Charles Bastion at Mer/Noir
Mastered by Harris Newman at GreyMarket
Lacquer cut by François Terrazzoni at Parelies
Photography by Gaël Bonnefon
Design by Sprflxgrfzm

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UNDERSCORE MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK) - 'There’s a sense of intimacy to the way Oberland has been allowing his music to develop over the last tumultuous year. Whereas global unease in the past may have attracted the artist to the scene, here he finds himself attempting to process developments internally from an uncomfortable distance. Horns and wavering flute abound, and the rattle and stomp of ritual echoes throughout; music collapses as quickly as it can coalesce, like thought forms whose very intangibility provide a dangerous allure.'
MAGIC, REVUE POP MODERNE (FR) - « La musique du membre de Oiseaux-Tempête et de FOUDRE! se découvre comme un film. Un film de cinéma expérimental, à la trame narrative aussi hallucinée qu’un bon Lynch. Il y a quelque chose de très visuel dans les couches sonores analogiques pétries sans repère rythmique sûr, dans la sourde inquiétude de notre époque et l’élévation de l’âme que permet la musique.”
FLUID RADIO (UK) - 'Même Soleil sees multi-instrumentalist Frédéric D. Oberland in fine form. The music spirals into an uninterrupted stream of complexity, high detail, and originality; an ongoing battle between heaving dissonance and harmonic breakthrough. Despite its sketchy underworld, Oberland concentrates on narrative and drives the music forward with a real sense of momentum, keeping it on a barely-visible road that’s been littered with effects pedals and dark-glowing synths, but also infused with jazz-inspired, sharp-edged horns.'
LES INROCKUPTIBLES (FR) « Multi-instrumentiste, curieux de nouvelles expériences et membre de plusieurs groupes, Frédéric D. Oberland sait aussi dialoguer avec les autres arts. Et c’est avec Gaël Bonnefon qu’il a conçu l’expérience Même soleil. Pour le photographe, un livre, pour lui l’album éponyme, entre sons mystiques, vapeurs synthétiques et bourdons analogiques. Le disque est enfin sorti en format vinyle (IIKKI Records/ANOST), rendant gloires aux furieuses ambiances musicales.
AVANT MUSIC NEWS (USA) - 'At points, Oberland toys with structures that approach Riley’s In C , in that small, repeating themes combine and fall apart in minimalistic patterns. With an emphasis on synth, strings, and percussion, he provides slowly-evolving motifs and patterns that combine subtle jazz and blues inflections with sound collages. Même Soleil is one of those “greater than the sum of its parts” releases. Fresh, unique, and different, this one gets two thumbs up.'
THE QUIETUS / ROCKFORT (UK) - 'richly rewarding third solo album'.
FISHEYE MAGAZINE (FR) - "Bien que pouvant être appréciés séparément, le livre de Gaël Bonnefon et le disque de Frédéric D. Oberland forment l’unité de Même Soleil, (...) oeuvre totale laissant s’échapper des horizons où le possible passe encore par l’humain. Où le sang et la chaleur n’ont pas peur de côtoyer la nuit et l’acier, le chimique et l’organique. Dans toutes ses constituantes, elle est aussi une invitation aux radicalités existentielles. Une ode pour les enfants aux semelles de vent qui n’attendent pas qu’on leur ouvre les portes pour s’enfuir."
THE LETTER (UK) - 'Oberland loods the senses with varied musical styles, from the middle-Eastern Jazzy vibe on opener Augures to chugging guitar and feedback on Un Feu Rebelle. Bonnefon's visuals, like grainy film stills, blurry and high contrast, carry a voyeuristic allure with a dangerous underlying narrative.'
SOUL KITCHEN (FR) - "Voilà un disque à écouter en solitaire pour voyager de l’universel à l’intime et inversement. Dès la première écoute on est fasciné par ce maelstrom sonore qui fait jaillir des images saturées de blancs éclatants, de noirs profonds. On pense parfois à la trilogie des Qatsi car cet espace sonore est une invitation à la méditation et à la réflexion."
GONZO CIRCUS (NL) - 'Wie de andere projecten van Frédéric D. Oberland (denk ann zijn aandeel in onder meer Oiseaux-tempête en FOUDRE!, maar ook als oprichter van het door ons geliefde NAHAL-label), een beetje kent, weet waarschijnlijk al wat voor muziek verwacht kan worden: meeslepende.'
BAD TO THE BONE MAGAZINE (FR) - 'Alongside a photographic book by Gaël Bonnefon, it's a global art piece, a journey in songs and pictures in the pure Oberland's atmosphere.'
ROCKERILLA (IT) - « Sinuose atmosfere digitali, solennita orchestrale e visionari echi di culture distanti non si limitano ad accompagnare le imagi, bensi le materializzano evocando suggestioni dense di pathos e arcana (post) modernita. » 
GONZAÏ (FR) « Les vinyles de Même Soleil viennent tout juste de sortir de l’usine. C’est le moment de transformer votre salon en séance de méditation. »

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