L’éclair - Suite No. 2

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole
This week's picks for Song of the Day were chosen by Kevin Cole, host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, highlighting standout artists from the 2020 Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, Netherlands. Today's Song of the Day is “Suite No. 2” by L’éclair, from the 2019 album Sauropoda on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records.
written by Janice Headley

It's not surprising to learn that L’Eclair recorded their latest LP Sauropoda from an undisclosed location in the Alps: their music displays an array of influences as vast as the famous European mountain range itself. From krautrock to disco with Afro-Cuban percussion, the Swiss septet managed to capture an atmospheric groove in a 48-hour recording session. 

Bassist Elie Ghersinu explained to Popmatters, "We were just thinking of recording the last jams that we had developed during the last year's shows, and I think we just got inspired in the moment and we recorded some new jams, new songs, and it turned out to be an album. It was not meant to be an album."

The "jamming" approach gives the new release a more organic feel than its predecessor, 2018's Polymood

"That was much more of a studio album, crisper whereas Sauropoda is a bit more roots," Ghersinu adds, explaining Sauropoda "is really rich in low frequencies. It's not as clear as Polymood. But it captures better our sound when we play live than Polymood."

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