25.8.22

Askre by Monolithe Noir









Monolithe Noir is a tough to define French trio who bring their tense brand of experimental noise rock aspirations to their new album Rin, their first one since 2020's Moira.

The creation of Antoine Pasqualini's mind, Monolithe Noir's music is risky, perplexing, and pushes genre boundaries, taking cues from a wide range of influences, including prog, ambient, electronica, folk, and even Italian library music.

On Askre, a new track revealed from the upcoming Rin, Antoine Pasqualini comments: "Conceived as a kind of homage to the British Australian band's Serpent's Egg digital medieval inclination, Askre means "chest" in Breton. It also means conscience. The song was built on a theme played on a hurdy-gurdy I built myself during lockdown. I have been fascinated by this instrument for about two years now but never had the money to buy one. Since I like woodwork and was as interested by the technical aspect of the instrument than its sound I decided I'd gather pieces of woods, bones and metal to build one myself. I found some measurements and information here and there and took advantage of the impossibility to play shows."

Rin is the project's third full length, and it was recorded and mixed in a cellar, two apartments, and a family home. The album will be released on August 26th, 2022 by Capitane Records.

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Monolithe Noir
Band photo by Victor Pattyn

Capitane Records