Les Discrets

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Les Discrets
Les Discrets @ Roadburn Festival 2017 03.jpg
Les Discrets at Roadburn Festival, 2017.
Background information
OriginFrance
GenresPost-rock, post-metal, shoegazing, blackgaze, indie rock, trip hop
Years active2003–present
LabelsProphecy Productions
Associated actsAlcest
Amesoeurs
Anorexia Nervosa
Arctic Plateau
Phest
WebsiteLes Discrets / Fursy Teyssier official website
MembersFursy Teyssier
Audrey Hadorn
Past membersWinterhalter

Les Discrets is a French shoegazing/post-rock project created and led by Fursy Teyssier as a "platform gathering music and art."[1] Teyssier was the sole member of the band until 2009, when he was joined by Audrey Hadorn and Winterhalter. Les Discrets have released two shoegazing/post-rock studio albums, Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées in March 2010, Ariettes oubliées... in February 2012. After Winterhalter left the band in 2013, the band's third album, Prédateurs, released in April 2017, saw a transition towards an indie rock and trip hop-oriented sound.

The band considers its name to mean "Those who keep silent", although "The Discreet Ones" would be more an accurate translation.[2]

History[edit]

Les Discrets was formed in 2003 as a musical side-project beside Phest, of which Fursy Teyssier was a member, as a way for Fursy, who is also an illustrator, to express concepts similar to those found within his art. Fellow French musicians, Winterhalter and Audrey Hadorn, soon joined the line-up. Les Discrets signed a five-album contract with German record label Prophecy Productions in April, 2009.[3] The band released a split EP with Alcest in December of the same year, and went on to release their first full-length album, Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées, in March, 2010. According to the German Sonic Seducer magazine, the album features dark, romantic music that cannot be attributed to any single genre.[4] On July 18, 2010, Fursy posted an update on the official site stating that composition for a second album had been completed, and that the studio had already been booked for its recording.

Both Fursy and Winterhalter were members of the now-disbanded Amesoeurs, and Fursy has also been a live member of Alcest until June 2010, for which Winterhalter is a full-time drummer.

In 2013, Teyssier announced that, in a common decision, both Winterhalter and live bassist Neige were leaving the band to focus more on their main band, Alcest.

The band's third studio album, Prédateurs, was released on Bandcamp on April 21, 2017.[5]

Band members[edit]

Current members

Former members

  • Winterhalter – drums (2009–2013)

Former live members

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Live albums
  • Live at Roadburn (June 2015)
Split releases
Extended plays
  • Virée Nocturne (August 2016)
  • Rue Octavio Mey / Fleur Des Murailles (April 2017)
Compilation appearances

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Les Discrets – History".
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Les Discrets signing announcement on Prophecy Productions homepage. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  4. ^ Lüthy, Juliane. "Les Discrets". Sonic Seducer (in German). Vol. 17 no. 4–2010.
  5. ^ [2] Prédateurs | Les Discrets

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