Adrien Durand

Adrien Kanter

Raw or rough are the best terms to describe Trésors‘ first approach to electronic music. Launched in Paris by two homonyms that seemed world’s apart, the band is created on an impulse, like a bluff. Being very active during the last years within the post-punk and noise scene, both Adriens decide to unplug the guitars and replace them with synthesizers, which seems quite heretic and unusual at the time. After a few hesitations, the duo find their pace and compose ‘Visionnaires’ locked in a parisian apartment during a blistering summer. In result, they deliver a synthetic and melancoly-driven music, fragile even, on the verge of dance and inspired by dark & retro images (Michael Mann, Blade Runner & Terence Malick). Quickly, they remix artists such as Arnaud Rebotini (better known as Black Strobe), of Montreal and Thieves Like Us and attract media attention. They play gigs alongside acts like Suuns, Casiokids, Puro Instinct, Teengirl Fantasy and Toro y Moi. The band take risks while playing live and find they still have their indie instincts, dismanteling the usual border between electronic acts and their public.

Brought closer together after a spiritual journey to Israël and a tour all around Europe and the US, Trésors build up their assurance and draw a logical link from these new life experiences. Sometimes worn by their heavy and ever-present past but also by sleepwalking experiences as well as haunting and recurring dreams, the two Adriens compose ‘Missionaires’, their new album and explore a new language, with their own words. Conceived as a patchwork of sonic images referring to their fantastical and interior world, the 6 tracks contained in their mini-album evoke the cursed figures of our pop culture (‘Roman Polanski’), mystical and prophetical fantasms or impossible love stories (‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’), all together portrayed with salvated second-degree.

Trésors composed the ‘Missionnaires’ tracks during the 1st semester of 2012 in Paris and decided to go to Baltimore in a warehouse to mix the album, greatly helped by Chester Gwazda, producer for Future Islands and Dan Deacon amongst others. The American & the two French find a common language to sythesize their trippy experiences, their pop approach and complete it with analogical power. Haunted by the images of their idols (Neil Young, Dennis Hopper, Robert Wyatt), Trésors will sometimes make you think of contemporaries (Hot Chip, Liars when they lean on their electronic side or even Caribou) but even more of the eldest that have left their mark (Joy Division, The Sound or Brian Eno)

Wary of all the preconceived codes of electronic music and of the rigidity of contemporary productions that are often a caricature, Trésors prefer to search for their own way and embark on their voyage, where many just follow trends.