In the beginning, there was a need to be alone, to be isolated from the world.
Then, following years of working in different collaborations in a variety of roles such as a drummer, guitarist and bassist, it was time to return to a personal universe and to make the most of solitary night hours in order to create new sounds and shapes. Anoraak was born in this setting, to the sound of raindrops falling upon Nantes – a project which would go on to create a sonic journey mapping fantasies, sun drenched travels through hushed voices, synthetic landscapes and blissful smiles.
Nightdrive With You (his first EP – 2008) is where the real journey began. And after many months of touring on his own the need to be surrounded and immersed returned, along with the desire to unlock stored away instruments, to exchange glances on stage and to defend his music as his past experiences had taught him to. It was at this moment that Frédéric Rivière delivered his debut album entitled Wherever The Sun Sets, a place where drums, piano and guitars are mixed with the synthetic signature sounds that defined Anoraak. Guillaume and Baudouin Marnez – drummer and bassist respectively – then added their talents to the live representation of Anoraak, forming a trio and an audible fusion of the various influences of the project.
It started off as an intimate experiment, but through touring, new relationships and artistic acquaintances, Anoraak has come to have a stronger identity than ever before. Taking their efforts to an ever-growing public in a number of countries, the project grew and grew over the course of time, encompassing fiercely energetic live performances and inspired DJ sets.
Today, Anoraak paints in black and white, creating a unique sonic blend which lies between disco-house, new wave and electro-pop. On the second album, clear, bright lines take on their own original form. The result of inspiring influences, past experiments between electronic and instrumental sounds and the need for solitude as well as the contrasting need to be surrounded, expect to experience a variety of strong emotions and the beats and rhythms that they bring about. “Affecting the rate of rhythmic movements, such as the heartbeat” : Chronotropic.
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