Eric Chenaux
ca | Label: Constellation

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Eric Chenaux experiments with ballads, songs, tunes, improvisations, guitars, very small speakers, The Reveries, The Draperies, Drumheller, Nightjars, The Guayaveras, The Allison Cameron Band, Eloïse Decazes, John Oswald, Michelle McAdorey, Aimée Dawn Robinson, Marla Hlady and the curation of the Toronto based recording label Rat-Drifting co-founded with Martin Arnold in 2002. Solo recordings: Warm Weather With Ryan Driver (2010), Sloppy Ground (2008) and Dull Lights (2006) are released on the Montreal-based label Constellation. Chenaux has also collaborated regularly and extensively with fellow Constellation artist Sandro Perri, and appears on Perri’s most recent two albums for the label, Plays Polmo Polpo (2006) and Tiny Mirrors (2007). In the 1980’s and 1990’s Chenaux played rhythmically demented half-riffs with hoary post-punk band Phleg Camp and later wrote songs with the guitar duo Lifelikeweeds. About Chenaux’s guitar playing, Carl Wilson writes: “Ornette Coleman might call it harmolodic. Chenaux might call it an amazing background. His strings chime with all those thoughts at once. I adore the way he teases out a melody, never beginning a phrase so much as joining one already in progress. The sound quivers and multiples such that I picture his strings fraying and sprouting into more strings, weeds, nests, marshes, frogs’ tongues, canceled coins, nickel pipes, drainage systems, catacombs, coral reefs…I could pick Chenaux’s guitar out of a lineup within a few woozy notes, because it’s no longer confined to the orthodox pluck, squawk and scrape of [Derek] Bailey-influenced guitar improv; instead it has absorbed Bailey’s open field of possibility into a love of song. And the songs are strong enough to take it”.




Warm Weather With Ryan Driver
Sloppy Ground
Dull Lights