O I S E A U X – T E M P Ê T E [wazo-tɑ̃.pɛːt] is an instrumental, free rock group formed in Paris in 2012 by the trio of musicians Frédéric D. Oberland, Stéphane Pigneul [both members of FareWell Poetry and Le Réveil des Tropiques] and Ben Mc Connell [Beach House, Marissa Nadler] and, from 2014, by Gareth Davis on bass clarinet. On their DEBUT album (2013), they intertwine their creative process with the work of photographer Stéphane C. in a documentation of the existential conflicts brought on by the political and economic turmoil in Greece. In 2014 Oiseaux-Tempête invited a selection of kindred spirits and remixers to lend their talents to RE-WORKS, featuring Scanner, Justin Small’s Do Make Say Think, Saåad, Witxes. The new album ÜTOPIYA? (released Spring 2015 on Sub Rosa) not only continues this work, but it extends it, including a collaboration with G.W. Sok (The Ex’s former vocalist). The travels move this time to Istanbul and Sicily providing the food for its urgent energy and indomitable drive.
“Someone must shout that we will build the pyramids. It doesn’t matter if we don’t. We must fuel that wish and stretch the corners of the soul like an endless sheet.” Nosthalgia, Tarkovski