Chunks of post-rock mixed with other stuff.
Full instrumental pieces of music from Bordeaux, France.
Based around Bordeaux, France, La Drache mixes its influences at the crossroads
of Slint’s indie-rock, unstructured post-rock by Mogwai or lyricism by Mono, around
rock’n’roll riffs background. The band’s only instrumental pieces are enhanced
when needed with samples further expanding the emotions.
With its heavy or melancholic, raging guitars, its a name coming from
a French/German/Belgian expression and meaning a «heavy rain», La Drache
offers very unique pieces of music. The band invites eveyone to discover its own
In 2020, La Drache releases its debut 4 titles EP, Pétrichor.
1.Cirrus I 03:37
3.Cirrus II 04:35
Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɪkɔːr/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek petra (πέτρα), “rock”, or petros (πέτρος), “stone”, and īchōr (ἰχώρ), the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.
released May 27, 2020
Music by La Drache
Recorded by Little Dream Studio (La Réole)
Mixed and mastered by Vincent G.
Artworks by JT
Photo by Rowan Heuvel / unsplash.com/@insolitus
Special thanks to our families, friends and the crew “Allume le Post” : http://www.facebook.com/AllumeLePost
La Drache – Pétrichor
The French group La Drache deliver an invigorating, prog-inflected brand of post-rock on their nicely engaging new EP, Pétrichor.
The music feels strikingly grounded and rather experiential, like the sounds themselves are telling a story (which fits, since like a lot of post-rock music, there are no vocals on Pétrichor). Diving into that immersive “story” feels like a journey through unfamiliar yet inviting terrain; the vibrancy of those prog-adjacent riffs and the related flourishes that the band have included atop the foundation of the extended post-rock melodies help establish this immersive feeling.
The EP’s opening track, “Cirrus 1,” captures the band’s sonic imprint nicely, alternating between heavy rhythms that feel slightly off-kilter and moments of more extended, simmering melody. “Cirrus II” carries a similar vibe, but there’s a track in between the two, “Madden-Julian,” on which the most overt heaviness shifts a bit to the back burner (except during the rather crushing conclusion). Even during the more atmospheric segments, La Drache include elements like sweltering basslines that keep the music grounded in their uniquely poignant vision. The closing track, “Virga,” gets into a heavy yet jazzy vibe, like dancing through rain with a rock band in the background.
To take a cue from the record’s cover art, which depicts a rainy cityscape, listening to Pétrichor feels a bit like venturing through some brightly lit, big city, as if the record is the soundtrack for venturing to some new locale for the first time. The nice thing about that journey — and the exploratory but emotionally open-ended music of La Drache — is that you can fill in blanks for yourself, making the experience your own.
Stupendous French band, performs a fusion of: Post Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Industrial, Prog Rock, Stoner Rock and Jazz.
In Cirrus, its layered texture presents a vast material used by heavy rhythms, with distorted, howling, precise and high-pitched riffs, low protrusion in the stoner style, intense drums and guidance, foreshadowing what awaits us.
In Madden-Julian, his increasing cadence is enveloping, harmonious, with smooth and sliding strumming counterbalanced by a bass and a drums that surf the chords dripping through a slippery tunnel, which crushes with intensity, wonderful melody.
Virga, refined oscillating melody, full of feelings that gradually emerges with intensity, wonderful and detailed arrangements accompanied by a brilliant performance, where everyone shows their true potential, without limits, without borders, letting themselves be carried away by the magnitude of creation, my favorite .
As the last song always announces the next album, I’m sure it will be a success, congratulations to the band and thanks Jean for sharing this preciousness.