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We Await Silent Tristero​’​s Empire

by Chef Menteur

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Europa 07:23
Pointu 04:52
Matiasma 02:36
W.A.S.T.E. 06:19
Maida Vale 02:35
Pointu II 10:04
Io 17:05


The debut full-length album (after a series of EP's) from Chef Menteur is an instrumental epic released shortly before Hurricane Katrina that finds the band at its darkest and most psychedelic so far: an epic and heady journey into deep watery spaces that includes filmic soundscapes, organ grooves, eastern-tinged melodies, heavy guitars, ambient pastorals, and more than a few dark moments. The culmination of two years of homemade sonic experimentation on lo-fi recordings by Chef Menteur in their (now lost) tiny New Orleans studio.

We Await Silent Tristero's Empire has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from Terrascope to the Wire (UK), and has been called a psychedelic masterpiece from beginning to end. (See reviews below).

"One thing that the original liner notes do not include is that the yelping on the song 'W.A.S.T.E.' is actually New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board sanitation employees picking up (and throwing back down mercilessly) the garbage in the early morning as captured with a mic sticking out the window. Combining it with the 16 tracks of handclaps Bryan and I layered with the dulcimers led one reviewer to describe it as a 'hootenany.'"—Alec


released February 23, 2005

Bryan Killingsworth: Pro-1 synth, banjo
Alec Vance: guitars, organ, sitar, dulcimers, synths, vocals
Jim Yonkus: bass, synthesizers
with Chris Sule (drums), Mike Mayfield (drums)

Recorded & Mixed by Chef Menteur in New Orleans
Engineered: Alec Vance & Bryan Killingsworth
Mixed & Produced by Alec Vance & Jim Yonkus
Mastered by John Fischbach at Piety Street Recording, New Orleans.


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a collaborative of like-minded multi-instrumentalists making spaced out music since 1999.

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