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Dear friends, enemies, fans, haters and passing smiles,

it’s with a big smile of gratitude that I let you know that “Mardi Gras Station” has reached the point of receiveing the most enthusiast comments in the shortest time since 2006’s “Cà Phê & Pizza” single! You’ve obsiously been voodoo’ed.

Snowcat and his voodoo dolls

To celebrate this and the coming of Mardi Gras on February 28th, “Mardi Gras Station” is now spreading its voodoo spells on Spotify, Google Play, iTunes, and as usual Bandcamp and of course CD Baby.

A more than chaotic live première happened on Thursday 16/02/2017 in Brussels. From left to right: Gilles (voc, kbds), Myles Simpson (drums), Pat Lennon (guitar), Bill Bayer (lead guitar), Ruslan Galkanov (trumpet), Glen Smith (guitar), Saduman Erbarut (chanting), Marie de Condé (chanting):

"Mardi Gras Station" live

A special page with your reviews is now under construction. In waiting, please refer to SynthBeat’s overview of “Mardi Gras Station” here.

乾杯、

G.S.

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LINKS:
SynthBeat: http://www.synthbeat.com/2017/02/04/gilles-snowcats-fun-and-frightening-mardi-gras-spell/
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/4QM7yupbJkiolkjTtl4ukc?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Boytbx5nnfvlektkrt4z65hcfiu&pcampaignid=music_preview_share&tid=song-Tvm5lbwk5qgupr3yc5yfpi3m734&rdid=song-Tvm5lbwk5qgupr3yc5yfpi3m734&rdot=1
Bandcamp: https://gillessnowcat.bandcamp.com/album/mardi-gras-station
CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gillessnowcat2
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mardi-gras-station-single/id1203661335

When I visit a fellow musician’s studio, I’m sometimes surprised and scared by the strict, almost military tidiness where any trace of life seems to have been removed.
My musical environment is full of heteroclite objects that have, at first thought, no close relation to music at all. Well, I assume they have, like it or not.

One may ask (and some daring visitors do) why the hell I need a モヤっとボール on my keyboard, if an old chopstick on my sheet-music stand has really the power to make me play at a higher level and if my old Hello Kitty pick truly makes me a better guitarist. And the answer is invariably yes. Yes, a chopstick, a Kitty pick and a モヤっとボール, if they don’t necessary replace hours of practice in terms of virtuosity (something that’s stranger to me anyway), surely have the power to shake the magma of my inspiration and lead me to produce something more exciting, dangerous and slightly more outrageous than if I had been forced to create in a clean, white and neat room.

モヤっとボール

Those rock-star’s little helpers also include the fluffy chair, the warm strong black coffee or the 70° shot of absinth, the old outdated heavy wooden synthesizer bought during my high-school days, the bass guitar strings coming directly from Ôita-city or the painting of Breughel (well, it’s a copy) facing me every time I sit.

Some rude pals come and say “Hey Snowcat, you collect so much stuff. Why don’t you collect experiences instead? Uh?

Because the stuff that I collect is an experience in itself. Amen.

I love stuff that is soaked in history, memories and obscure meanings. Practical people see it as stuff, things that waste useful space, while I see and feel it as a connection with something bigger. And I love it.

Mardi Gras

Actually, I was born on Mardi Gras day. Yes, I guess it’s (a part of) the explanation.
Objects quickly pass from the status of mere stuff to the more responsible one of gris-gris, or lucky charm. Which explains why I need them around. They connect me. They bring me luck and inspiration, since they came from strong experiences. Gris-gris, not stuff.

Yellow & Pink Voodoo Dolls

I was born on Mardi Gras day, and that very moment influenced dramatically whatever happened since that day. And mostly for the best.
I can’t explain better than in music. I asked my gris-gris to take me somewhere once again, and two songs came straight out of it.

May you live the experience as strongly as I did. Listen to the single in streaming and if you want to own it, buy it through CD Baby or Bandcamp (more expensive but the complete artwork is offered as present). And in a matter of days it will spread its evil spells on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and other music online supermarkets. Welcome to Mardi Gras Station!
G.S.

ps: the single features hallucinated contributions of Sébastien Bournier from Sousbock and Renato Ronchetti from Cinnamon Lilly.

LINKS:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/gillessnowcat2

https://gillessnowcat.bandcamp.com/album/mardi-gras-station