Soufferance’s third album, “Memories of a City”, is a dark reflection of a city which has always been interpreted as colorful and bright to its visitors. Alexandre Julien has a different outlook on the very city he was born in. To him its a film noir movie with plenty of dark corners and alleys, where the most despicable human emotions lay awaiting pray.
“There was a time when Montreal meant happiness to me. A time when a film noir obsession meant watching movies in good company. A time when beauty was present in greyscale reflection from the screen. This album is not about those times. This album is about ones feeling of those times gone…”
“Memories of a City” is finally released after over three years of bad luck. To begin with, only months after the songs were recorded, a computer crash lost not only all the recordings but also the original pohotshoot, poster design, artwork, and music video which had all been prepared in promotion for the anticipated album. After a few months of despair, the unmixed recordings were recovered, along with parts of the music video footage. But the photoshoot was lost forever. Re-production started again on the four songs in May of 2012. But the label who had offered to put out the album on digipak CD had folded, so the album was shelved. Month after month the these 40 minutes of ambiance (which he calls “Artbient”) sat in Alexandre Julien’s “vault”.
Abridged Pause Recordings is finally putting an end to the wait, and these are out there for good.
- The Asphalt Jungle
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
- In a Lonely Place
- While the City Sleeps
All music and literature composed and performed by Soufferance
Soufferance is the creation of Alexandre Julien
Music recorded from July 29th 2011 to August 30th 2011 at Mortified Studios
Produced at the same studio in October of 2011 and again in May of 2012
Photgraphy by Jeremy Roux
Artwork and layout by Alexandre Julien
APR10 – October 15th 2014
All songs released exclusively registered to Abridged Pause Publishing
The fifth monument in a series of lurid romanticism
Memories of a City is dedicated to Janie De Jeu