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They Promised Us a Bright Future, We Were Content with an Obscure Past

by Good Luck In Death

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[Mondkopf & Charbel Haber]


Behind the ironic-prophetic moniker of Good Luck In Death are the duo of Parisian electronic producer Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf, Extreme Precautions, Autrenoir, FOUDRE!) and Lebanese artist and performer Charbel Haber (The Bunny Tylers, improviser in the Johnny Kafta's Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, Scrambled Eggs' guitarist and singer, and all 'round explorer of a new pan-Arab psychedelia with the ensembles Malayeen and Orchestra Omar).

The duo met in Spring 2017 when they were invited to join the free rock collective Oiseaux-Tempête for their AL-'AN! tour and residency at L'Autre Canal in Nancy. Charbel and Paul begun to improvise during the breaks at the residency, with resulting sounds growing and developing into those of a common language. At the beginning of Summer they found themselves a home at studio Mer Noir in Paris, and laid down the tracks of their first album.

With the appropriately named 'They Promised Us A Bright Future, We Were Content With An Obscure Past' Good Luck In Death delivers an almost anti-futuristic and dreamlike manifesto that juxtaposes orchestrated minimalism against the luxuriance of dense melodic flights. Processed guitars played with the e bow, synthesisers and analogue machines casting shadows of their lazy kinetic journey, a dialogue in the strata of vaporous ambience. The duo borrows in equal measure from the introspective power-ambience of the most recent Mondkopf ('They Fall But You Don't' - In Paradisum, 2017) and the sensuous and crazy experiments of Charbel Haber's 'Of Palmtrees & Decomposition' (Discrepant, 2016). The musical drift blazing from East to West, the borders as blurred as the harmonies, modes, scales and emotions which give them shape and form. And through the waves of electric haze, emerging veiled from the dream, comes a prediction, a premonition, a prophecy, grainy and ecstatic, like a cloud of fire.

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Release Date: May 25th 2018
Format: LP Vinyl / Digital
Worldwide Distribution: JAPAN BLUES
France Distribution: BIGWAX


released May 25, 2018

All music by Good Luck In Death
Recorded by Romain Poirier & Jean-Charles Bastion at Mer Noir //
Paul Régimbeau: analog synths and electronics, mixing //
Charbel Haber: electric guitar // Mastered by James Plotkin
Photographs by Frédéric D. Oberland // Graphic design by Thibault Proux


BRAINWASHED (USA) - 'The album mostly feels like a gorgeously melancholy heaven being slowly gnawed apart by exterior infernal forces. It is quite an impressive tight-rope act, as Régimbeau and Haber construct a wonderfully heavy and twilit world of heaving drones and undulating harmonies imbued with a simmering tension that never dissipates or fully erupts.'
INVERTED AUDIO (UK) - 'Haunting'
STRAY LANDINGS (UK) - 'Régimbeau and Haber voyage deep into the inner psyche with this latest release, while maintaining a light touch in their treatment of acoustic and choral timbres. It is a subtle, patiently developing work, reminiscent of Popol Vuh’s soundtracks for Werner Herzog films like Heart of Glass or Aguirre, The Wrath of God, but carried off with their own unique sense of presence.'
NEW NOISE MAGAZINE (FR) - 'Apatride et atemporel, 'They Promised Us A Bright Future' s'impose comme une nappe enveloppante, une musique mystique et spirituelle affranchie de toute croyance. Bande-son d'un rituel ancestral et obscur dont nous aurions ignoré jusqu'ici l'existence. Et c'est avec bien peu de résistance qu'on se laisse initier à ces intrigantes traditions, prêts à en répandre les préceptes à qui voudra bien prêter attention.'
HEARFEEL (UK) - 'The delicately progressive nature of this record is what makes it so affecting: it slowly pushes and pushes on the senses, building itself and its sentiments in exquisitely crafted monologues that never threaten to overwhelm, leaving an air gap between emotion and logic.'
THE NEW NOISE (IT) - 'Una piccola gemma con cui vale decisamente la pena confrontarsi.'
L'ORIENT / LE JOUR (LBN) - 'L'univers de Good Luck in Death est riche, sombre, mélancolique, bruyant, mais aussi poétique, lisible et marquant. Le dernier tube de Rita Ora sera oublié dans 2 mois, les morceaux du duo seront intemporels.'




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