FR/ENG INTERVIEW AVEC CEPHEIDE : INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE - ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL - POST BLACK METAL
THE ENGLISH VERSION
Hello Cepheide and thank you for answering my questions! You have been around since 2013 and are from Paris... Can you tell us your story?
- G: Cepheide was founded in 2013. I had just arrived in Paris and I was looking to set up a band in the musical continuity of my One-man band of the time. Although since the release of "De Silence et de Soie" in Lucide today, the line-up has often changed, the project has kept a certain musical coherence and has been enriched by the people who participated in CEPHEIDE.
You both also play in Rance (not the Toulon band) always in a Black Metal setting. What is the advantage for you of multiplying projects?
G: Even if our various projects remain in the BlackMetal register, each of them has a specific intention. For CEPHEIDE, we prefer studio work and a more "written" method. For Rance, the approach is more instinctive where everything is done in repetition because the first goal of the project is first of all to play live.
Your first demo, De Silence et de Soie, published in 2014, sounded like a very atmospheric BM, with long stretched pieces. From the outset, one could hear "modern" influences such as Post-BM or DSBM. How do you see the style of the band and which bands have most influenced you?
G: I think that the thought of a certain DSBM influence is mainly singing but that the musical ensemble is more PostBM oriented indeed.
From the beginning of the project, we wanted to have an approach that broke away from the traditional codes of black metal, not out of opposition, but simply because we did not feel concerned by them. To name a few groups we listened to at the beginning of the project: FellVoices, AshBorer, YellowEyes, AltarofPlagues, Arkhtinn, Atriarch ...
F: I would say that the style oscillates between post-black and atmos rock at certain times. We don't really try to stick to this or that label, the result is simply the representation we want to make of our music.
Respire, your first album, features two very long tracks with an almost cinematographic atmosphere. You push your limits in terms of melancholy, moods and hypnotic sounds. What is your vision of this album today?
G: For Respire, we worked for a long time on the writing and concept of the two titles. We had the progression in mind but the sounds and effects only came about after a long search, everything was done before the recordings which were finally the fastest part for this album.
Looking back, we remain really satisfied with the atmosphere, the approach and the personal research we had to implement to achieve this result.
F: I who knew Cepheide with this album, I must say that it serves as a cornerstone in the band's discography. It marks a turning point in construction and sound. The compositions that followed this album, if some of them deviate from the style of Breathe, still keep a sometimes similar atmosphere.
G: We approached the writing of Saudade with a desire for more instinctive and more "rock" to create a contrast with Respire. The Line -up having been enriched, we were looking from the beginning to offer this album live which strongly influenced the composition work. Sigur Ros is a band I respect but it's not one of my influences.
F: Saudade is more rock as Gaétan says, even post-rock at times, maybe more visceral than Respire.
"Lucid", the very long (and splendid) title of your Split with Time Lurker has been released this year. How did the split come about? And, above all, will your next awaited album be in this almost Pink Floydian lineage?
G: With Mick from TimeLurker, we had been in contact for a few years living in Strasbourg before. Following and appreciating our respective projects, we quickly had the desire to work together.
We haven't yet thought about the overall vision of the next album with parallel projects requiring a lot of attention at the moment, but we already have some songwriting ideas and we'd like to work on a long-term album this time.
F: Yes, we are compiling ideas for the next opus, but I think with certainty that the atmospheric aspect will always be present, it's a bit like the band's DNA.
There are only two of you left on board. What happened with the other musicians?
G: As mentioned above, I created Cepheide in 2013. Over these years, the project has evolved in its influences and objectives and each member has therefore positioned himself in relation to this, whether or not he adheres to the group's guidelines.
I kept in touch with Hugo Beauzée-Luyssen (bass player on Saudade) who is now accompanying me on BAUME and our new BASILIQUE project.
Can you name your 20 favorite albums of all time?
G: It may not be the "20 favorites" but rather the albums that marked me and that come spontaneously (there will necessarily be omissions!)
YellowEyes : SickWithBloom / YellowEyes: ImmersionTrenchReverie / Slagmaur : Von rov shelter / Turia : Dedekondre / ArsDiavoli : ProNihiloEsse / Atriarch : RitualofPassing / Windhand : Soma / Urfaust : Einsiedler / FellVoices : RegnumSaturni / Deafheaven : Sunbather /ThePsyckeProjet : Guillotine / Hexis : Abalam / PlanningForBurial : Below the House / AshBorer : Ashborer / Furia: Marzannie,KrolowejPolskI / Bolzer: Aura
What if Cepheide was a quote?
F: Probably an extract from the lyrics of our albums
Free space: add what you want!
Thank you for this interview and for your support!