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----- ENGLISH version

Alex Calder, more than ever. In January, our favorite new Canadian artist released the great first single “Suki And Me”. Since then, Still in Rock got the chance to interview him and to learn more about his relationship to Mac DeMarco, his passion for Austin Power, and his imaginary friend, Billy. His first EP comes out March 19 , and it’s great – better than we could’ve hoped. Calder likes to think that the seven songs on this EP are “all different, yet sharing a common sound”. Which is exactly right: there’s not a second of downtime, not a harmony that doesn’t catch the ear.  Time is a beautiful thing, amazing in its surrealism.

Time is a sobering journey, for which Alex Calder pulls his listener in close. The sounds are intimate, and we share an experience that few have had the chance to have.  So yes, a comparison with Mac DeMarco will be done. But Alex Calder doesn’t hide: the two are good friends, playing in the same band and sharing many influences. Why complain about an EP in lieu of what Mac produced last year?  (Remember, Still in Rock ranked DeMarco’s 2 the fourth best album of the year: link).  Music of this caliber is far too rare. Too, Time is more dreamy. It’s a sub-genre in the Blue Wave universe where the stillness in the air can’t hide the obvious virtuosity of his work.

The songs of the album trace a day. “Light” is the sunrise that leads us toward the lazy afternoon that is“Time”“Captivate” is the beginning of a pitch black night, and “Fatal Delay” - the best track?! - transitions us into an unproductive night out. “Location” lifts Calder into a world of chemicals where time would just march by without our eyes watching helplessly. 

Veritable sonic glue, this EP wasn’t designed to fling your eyes open. But it’s no less fascinating, giving a new definition to musical lethargy. The Canadian scene is definitely on the right track: creative, experimental, and extremely convincing. The songs “Location” and “Fatal Delay” are specifically remarkable – narcotics with a guitar in the same style as Mac DeMarco.

I think the ideal moment to listen to Time is on a rainy day – yes, that would be ideal. Alex Calder is an artist who traverses time, on the thread of the hours, without interference or distraction. The structure of his music is as dark as its sounds. Time is an ineffable creation, a swear word for a fabulous reality.