What a wild year it's been for local tape label Los Discos Enfantasmes
Surviving alone in these mean music business times is enough of a chore, but thriving takes someone operating on another plane of consciousness. Welcome to the world of Jean-Sébastien Truchy – you might know him from his days in Fly Pan Am – and his cohorts Bernardino Femminielli and Riccardo Lucchesi (Ghost Limbs, Red Mass). While all three have distinguished themselves as important creative cogs in the Montreal underground scene, Los Discos Enfantasmes has raised the bar sound- and style-wise with its smattering of 20-plus cassette releases featuring players from here (Drainolith, Esprits Frappeurs, K.A.N.T.N.A.G.A.N.O., David Kristian) and a cache of the recognizably cool from out there (Greg Davis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Rob Lowe, Ben Vida). If you dig electronic music in all its awesome shapes – noise, ambient, pop, experimental, harsh, psychedelic – then check out a local treasure trove, Los Discos Enfantasmes.
Hour: Are you trying to curate a certain sound for the label?
J.S. Truchy: Well, yes and no… Since we are three behind this label – I run it with Bernardino [Femminielli] and Riccardo [Lucchesi] – the music tends to reflect the sum of our preferences rather then the common ground. That being said, we do have similar musical interests and guiding lines for the label. I would say that in general, so far, the releases were mostly electronic with some having a more "pop" approach like the first Femminielli, the Institutional Prostitution (that will be out in March) and the JLK. The rest is closer to electronic experimentations or sound studies.
Hour: In these hard times, why did you decide to start a label?
Truchy: Well, first, we were looking for an easy way to put out our own releases, but quickly we decided to extend our focus to the city and help the promotion of local artists who weren’t known outside the 514/450 area. It was also a great way for us to get in contact with people whose work we love and see if we could help them release their music. The mixture of the latter two reasons best describes what we do now, I think. By having better known artists on the label, it brings an international attention to local musicians and, in turn, local musicians bring attention to artists that could go unnoticed with the Montreal folks… Not everyone in Montreal knows Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Greg Davis, Ben Vida or Charlatan. So that’s good for them, as it is good for the local folks when their music reaches other people on a more international level, even though we’re aware that with our level of operation the impact might not be that big… But hey, it’s a start!
Los Discos Enfantasmes’ First Anniversary
w/ David Kristian & Riccardo Lucchesi, John Chang,
Mario Diaz de Leon, Escapists, Bataille Solaire
At Casa del Popolo