Quebec-based progressive/orchestral post-metal entity CONTEMPLATOR are sharing a new track, “The Catch,” and you can check it out premiering right here at New Noise.
CONTEMPLATOR is the vision of sole/core creator Christian Pacaud, joined by a wide cast of friends and peers to collaborate on his artistic vision for the project. CONTEMPLATOR was founded in 2011, with an intent to form an outlet to create music without compromising, drawing on any and all of Pacaud’s influences without regard to genre boundaries.
Pacaud handles the songwriting and composition for his songs, additionally providing bass, guitars, programming, and more. Antoine Guertin joined on drums in the time leading up to the creation of the band’s 2013 EP. Once CONTEMPLATOR were completing their first full-length, 2016’s Sonance, the cast of musicians expanded to include Antoine Baril (Augury, From Dying Suns) and Maxime Rochefort (From Dying Suns) on guitars, violin/viola from Jeff Ball (composer team for the Steven Universe movies and animated TV series), along with a number of other guest musicians.
For Morphose, the lineup of guests is expanded even further, with accordion from Austin Wintory, piano from Francis Grégoire, and marxophone from David Lawrie.
CONTEMPLATOR’s Christian Pacaud opens up about the new album:
“One can easily lose sight of keeping music fun to play as a band when writing complex instrumental music. I’ve fallen into this trap numerous times before, and so many tracks from Morphose were written with the pleasures of playing as a live band in mind: interaction, chemistry, groove, power, synchronicity, complementarity, etc. ‘The Catch’ is one such track in which many sections of the song allow the band members to enjoy the moment, lock in a groove, connect with the crowd a bit and get away from being focused on his parts and instrument. My hope is that some of this interplay also permeates the recorded performance of the song.”
Check out the track here:
Photo courtesy of Paul Di Giacomo