FORÊT ENDORMIE / QUERCUS ALBA split LP
"Forêt Endormie is the genre-melding chamber ensemble led by guitarist and composer Jordan Guerette, known widely for his work with American black metal luminaries Falls of Rauros. Formed in 2016 in the "Forest City" of Portland, Maine, Forêt Endormie draws as much from the forms and fantasies of 20th century French composers Erik Satie and Olivier Messiaen, as they do the melancholic Neo-folk of Tenhi and Sol Invictus and heavy minimalism of drone pioneers Earth." — Joe Sweeney for The Bollard, Portland Maine
"These compositions aim to examine the contradictions of modern life. They explore the tension between comfort and anxiety, the rigid organization of human society, and acknowledging the uncaring truth of the natural world.
Written for violin, cello, piano, vibraphone, guitar, percussion, and voices, these pieces exist both within the classical tradition and without. The words are sung in French to acknowledge the Franco-American traditions that are becoming scarce in the state of Maine."
"This project is inspired by my experiences in the northern wilderness and forests of Minnesota, my heritage within them, and my rediscovery of these beautiful landscapes after my departure.
Protect, visit, and support your local wilderness and public lands. It is all we have left."
A brief interview with Quercus Alba can be read here