The Empty Room

by Frédéric L’Épée

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Lee Lucas An album that does exactly what it says on the tin regarding it's concept of the subject matter in question. It's perhaps not an album that will set the world on fire, but it does have some pleasurable moments along it's path. You can read a lot more about L’Épée's GREAT! music here: leespeaksoutaboutmusic.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/lee-speaks-about-music-119/ Favorite track: Parle-moi encore (keep talking to me).
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sumbuk This is an interesting set of pieces. While the instrumentation is mainly (though not solely) that of a rock power trio; the pieces themselves are more nuanced and disparate. They range from the very heavy to an almost experimental ambient. I enjoy M. L'Épée's work.
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JP Rossi A great display of smooth moods, with various arranging and sonic tools to reach the emotion, from Reich-esque arpeggios (Delta) to sparse Sylvian-esque guitar effects (Descending the slow river). A meditation to let one flow along with the current of the river of life. Favorite track: Descending the Slow River (en descendant la rivière lente).
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Most of us have to face one day the loss of a beloved person, a strange and very personal matter to deal with.
I started to compose nine years ago what was going to be The Empty Room, a very long process due to several big losses in my life during that time.

The Empty Room is about mourning, but it doesn't make it a sad album. It is more a questioning about loss, about letting go or handling pain, about how grief can turn into a vessel of serenity and peace. Though we all have to face it one day or another, the process is different for each of us.

Only music can carry such deep and subtle feelings.

My life as a musician is dedicated to the refinement of my ability to convey as precisely as possible the most intimate perceptions.

The ideal conditions to appreciate this work is to wait for a quiet moment and to listen to it in one go.
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La plupart d'entre nous doivent un jour faire face à la perte d'une personne chère, une étrange et très personnel évènement à vivre.
J'ai commencé à composer ce qui allait devenir The Empty Room il y a neuf ans, une longue gestation due à plusieurs pertes importantes dans ma vie pendant cette période.

The Empty Room fait référence au deuil, certes, mais cela n’en fait pas pour autant un album triste. Je le vois plus comme un questionnement sur la perte, sur le "laisser partir ", ou la rétention de la douleur, sur comment le deuil peut-être transformé en un vecteur de sérénité et de paix.
Bien que nous ayons tous à y faire face un jour ou l’autre, le processus est différent pour chacun de nous.

Seule la musique peut porter des sentiments aussi subtils et profonds.

Je m'applique dans mon travail à les rendre perceptibles tout en leur restant le plus fidèle possible.

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released May 22, 2019

André Fisichella, Volodia Brice: drums
Nico Gomez: bass
Laurent James, Frédéric L'Epée: guitars
Olivier Innocenti: bayan
Cover art and design: J.C. Philippart
Photos: Nuria Gregori

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Frédéric L’Épée Berlin, Germany

Frédéric L’Épée is a french composer and guitarist of the bands Shylock (70's), Philharmonie (90's) and Yang (present time).

He is also a solo performer, a contemporary music composer, and collaborates with e-werk, an electric guitar ensemble dedicated to contemporary music in Berlin.
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