Agoria is in love. With music. With a lady. With everything. You can see it on his face. Listen to Impermanence, and you can hear it there too. He's a man who has been creating things his entire life: A music festival (Nuits Sonores), a record label (InFiné) and a DJing career. The music festival is among the most important in the French festival calendar. The label is one of the most wide-ranged in contemporary electronic music. The DJing, as he tells it, is as eclectic and as satisfying as it has ever been.
Agoria first started out as a DJ and producer in 1999. He first gained international recognition with a series of 12 ́s on Pias Recordings in 2002, which were followed by the acclaimed album Blossom a year later. Since then, Agoria has released two more long-players, The Green Armchair (2006) and the soundtrack Go Fast (2008), all showcasing Agoria’s talent for creating deep, stripped-back, melodic, techno tracks.
Another important contribution has been the start of InFiné in 2006, a label that follows no rules, shies away from trends, and features young, new talents from various parts of the world. It's releases continue to surprise and have made InFiné a platform for new music that always challenges and excites it’s listeners.
Agoria’s own debut on the label only came in 2009 with his 12" "Magnolia / Libellules". His new third album Impermanence was released just recently. Like most releases on InFiné, Impermanence is the product of extensive collaboration and doesn’t share the solipsistic tendencies of so many electronic musicians. As it's title implies, the music exists in a constant state of flux and flows easily from contemplative sound pieces to intimate acoustic songs and forward moving club tracks.
The album opens with the repetition of three notes played on a piano, with only the addition of violin, bell, and the voice of the album’s biggest discovery, female singer Kid A from Virginia. The beatless "Kiss My Soul" establishes the intimate tone of the album. This continues with the dubby house of "Souless Dreamer", on which Seth Troxler, with his trademark whisper, invites the listener to "allow yourself to drift". Strings and piano resurface on a number of the album tracks, sometimes used in surprising guises, such as the Stradivarius that serves as a rave signal on the infectious "Panta Rei". "Under The River", on the other hand, is a lush ambient piece dominated by the late-night sounds of a horn. Carl Craig makes an appearance as a vocalist on the sleazy "Speechless". Another standout track on Impermanence is "Heart Beating", again featuring Kid A’s strong and engaging voice. The song is Agoria’s most direct pop-piece yet and an unexpected proof of his strength as both a songwriter and arranger. Agoria has created an album that constantly changes in variety whilst still having a unique flow and mood of its own.
This Qing Ming holiday, Agoria will touch Beijing for the 1st time on Impermanence release tour with his most intimate and alluring music. Come to Lantern on Apr 2nd to be overwhelmed by his unique ability in pairing tracks of very different origins and layering them in creative and even awe-inspiring ways.