Agar Agar finally back with “Player Non Player”, an album with worked fantasy

After four years of almost silence, the duo confirms its surrealist roots, fingers on synths, eyes lost in an imaginary world.

This is the lot of many formations having composed at least one inaugural hit: they do not always have the ability to stand out. There are thus only two possibilities left: one would be to reproduce in an almost industrial way the formula that has made them successful, the other to carry out a major overhaul.

According to Agar Agar, anything but interested in the idea of ​​just being the signatory of Prettiest Virgin, there would be a third way: take on the piece to which we owe everything and quietly pursue our little experiments. Thus, rather than rush after The Dog and the Future (2018)the duo preferred calm, listening to their desires.

A salutary approach which nevertheless raises questions: isn’t it a luxury to take your time in an era mounted on springs? Are we ever fully aware of what we are? Where does this need to digest things to better reformulate them artistically come from? So many questions that do not waver Clara Cappagli and Armand Bultheel.

An insolent level of thoroughness and harmony

“We need to welcome certain proposals in order to appropriate them and not be in an immediate dialogue with what we are experiencing.” For this, the two friends needed to breathe, far from Paris and the rhythm of the tours which almost got the better of their mental health. Then, we had to find other ways to proceed, sometimes remotely (a first!), sometimes during residencies in unusual places.

“The fact of not having followed directly on the second album allowed us to explore other feelings. When we started composing, we had a lot of energy, ideas and desire.” The result is a creation that we did not expect at this insolent level of meticulousness and harmony. crave Where Trouble“one of the most complicated songs we’ve ever had to do” – even No Pressure sum up the importance and richness (here ambient notes, there screeching guitars) of these fanciful tales, where we come across dragons and a man on a horse as much as reflections on obsessive disorders.

Rather than an exercise in style – which this disc accompanied by a video game could suggest –, Player No Player thus imposes itself as a work that is sufficiently embodied and vibrant to never veer into synthetic parody.

Player No Player (Cracki Records/A+LSO/Sony Music). Released since January 20. Concerts on February 23 and 24 in Pantin (Magasins Généraux).

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