ORVAL CARLOS SIBELIUS
Ordre et Progrès
[engl] Recording the most luminous and conquering music there is, in order to conjure up melancholic depths. This could be the definition of the pop music made during the golden age, during which the The Beach Boys and The Left Banke allowed themselves to be as orchestral as they could be, to transcend the vital energy of what it meant to be a young, whilst Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine were breaking down the doors of perception. The music that Orval Carlos Sibelius returns to, almost to a default position. “I try to go off on tangents, but I always end up on the same road,” he admits. In a world of joyful amnesia, artists can be recognised via their consistency. Obsessions betray authors. When you’ve inherited a gift for luxurious melodies and psychedelic heights, why look for other ways to feel alive? You can believe Orval Carlos Sibelius when he says that his music would be the same if no one had the inclination to listen to it. And he would’ve carried on this way until his last breath if his album Super Forma hadn’t been met with some success in 2013. Three years after this exploit, with the Ascension LP, Orval Carlos Sibelius took the risk of making an instrumental escape, a streamlined sidestep made to fit with the images from an almost impossible-to-find documentary, « The Devil’s Blast » by Haroun Tazieff. But when Orval Carlos Sibelius veers from his usual path, he soon returns to the fray. In this case, it’s a real Ride of the Walkyries that’s to be discovered behind a title that’s as heroic as it is ironic: Ordre et Progrès (Order and Progress). Something like an intimate superproduction, an existential peplum. His most uninhibited album, and also the hardest, as if Led Zeppelin and Shellac had turned up to help reinforce the flamboyant melodies. Now that this baroque art is set in wax, Orval Carlos Sibelius can now return towards further intimate adventures. After the studio-based storm, back to the calmness of his bedroom where his music regenerates. “What I prefer in life is to dream about the track I’m working on, while it’s not set in stone. A bit like a love story that’s just begun, when everything still seems possible.” While we wait for the next step of the perpetual pop romance, let’s be knocked down by the epic maestria of Ordre et Progrès.