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Hologramme

Feb 18/2016
WORDS Charlie Bossy PHOTOGRAPHY Neil Mota

Montreal-based Hologramme’s sound is contemporary “electro-indie”, but created using the power of the retro Moog synthesizer. It’s neither of this time, nor even a previous one. The band is a welcome addition to the already prominent electropop scene in Montreal.

Hologramme released their first record this year – a self-titled album featuring a blend of synths and traditional rock instruments. The band is the brainchild of Clément Leduc and also includes Rémi Chenette, Laurent Saint-Pierre and Dominic Lalonde. Although Leduc does the majority of composing and writing the music, he insists that the group is not just a band backing his vision.

“I record and play the instruments in the studio, but for me this is a band,” Leduc says. “We want to be a band – we want to be teammates. Everyone has the same power as everyone else.”

Leduc believes that Hologramme has what it takes to go international, but admits the decision to go independent can be a hindrance to global success. Although the band has a distributor and a manager, it’s currently without a label. But this doesn’t diminish Leduc’s confidence – he says Hologramme is better off without one: “If you get signed when you’re first starting out, the label can put you on a shelf and do nothing with you.”

At first listen, Hologramme has a danceable, fun and upbeat sound – but Leduc isn’t so sure that’s what the listener should take away. “The beginning is, yeah, maybe happy, but there’s another side…that’s more introspective, darker,” he says.

As Hologramme gears up to record a new album and embark on a tour, Leduc looks forward to taking a more lo-fi approach with the band’s next release – which promises even more retro-style instruments and contemplative themes.

 

 

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