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When you get out of bed and the first thing that your numb feet meet is another bunch of magnetic tapes, you know it’s time either to become tidier and throw the unwanted plastic, or to take a few hours of your precious life to listen to your own lost recordings and decide what to do with them, if possible a little money.

The first solution being quite far from my natural messy inspirations, I decided to let my narcissistic nature to give my ears a bunch of my own art and, as I said, make the important decision to publish what could match my beloved fans’ taste.

To say there’s a lot would be an understatement. There’s a lot of unreleased, rare, released-but-not-available-anymore, forgotten live and other shameful demo’s that I for some had completely forgotten probably for a reason that I however can’t remember.

To release them all in a kind of box-set wouldn’t make much sense, let’s face it: there’s more waste than gems. Lovely waste for my memories, wastes that carry sweet hazy drunken memories (those early “Four Dreams Suite” bits, just to name some), but that sometimes shouldn’t leave the comfort of the tapes where they’ve been recorded.

Rare Grooves

So I simply got the divine inspiration of releasing the selected ones little-by-little, under the shape of a series of EP’s that would simply be “Gilles Snowcat’s Rare Grooves”. How many volumes will there be in total, I don’t know and it doesn’t matter actually. The first selection of rarities is now out, it’s called “Gilles Snowcat’s Rare Grooves -volume 1: Intercity Course”.

The volume 1 features 4 tracks: a new piece, a live song, a new mix of an old thing and something to relax. This stunning set comes at a price here.



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Give your ego the most of pleasure time. An abundance of pleasure time. And give your Xmas tree the most wonderful of presents!

Read below to expect the unexpected.

生タイム! ♥ (front)

Shape: downloadable live LP
Released: 9th of December 2015
Length: 66:10
View artwork
Listen before buying
Buy your own copyjump here.


The orchestra:
Bass guitar: Axel “Mister Dumont” Dumont
Drum computer: Gilles Snowcat
FX: Snowcat
Guitars: Nicolas “Nicozark” Leroy, Benjamin Steegens, Ian Rigillo, Vassily Rudenko
Keyboards: Nicolas “Nicozark” Leroy, Snowcat
Organ: Gilles Snowcat
Percussion: Sébastien “bargio” Bournier
Synthesizer programming / sequencer: Gilles Snowcat
Voices: Gilles Snowcat, Antonella Corrias, Marie de Condé, Pat Lennon
Production: Gilles Snowcat, Herman Martin, Itsuo Hyûga (日向逸夫)

生タイム! ♥ (back)


Sousbock’s close collaboration with visual artist Frank Bizouard led to an interesting idea, to release a video based on the full new album, “Et Puis ?”.
Unlike other conceptual movies released from rock albums, this is a more contemplative, almost meditative relation between illustrations and each song.

More about this album has already been written here.

“Et puis ?” has just been released. Yeah.

Ah, forgot to tell you, it’s the new album from Sousbock.

You know Sousbock, that French band playing what they call depressive rock, featuring several lads that already gave your ears what they deserved on several Gilles Snowcat / Awaken records: Sébastien bargio Bournier, Nicolas NikoZark Leroy, Julien Trust No One and Marco Mariani.

Et puis ?” also features your favourite Snowcat playing some magic keys here and there, great songwriting and solid playing, a clear production (totally un-Snowcat in a way) and the usual stunning artwork from Franck, who is to Sousbock what Mark Wilkinson is for Fish or, well… Roger Dean for Yes.

Sousbock, "Et puis ?"

You can download the thing here and while you enjoy listening, thank Seb (he’s the Grand Leader / dictator) the following way (quote Seb):

Et si ça vous voulez pour une raison ou une autre me remercier, il y a deux façons de le faire : la première : me mettre un petit message pour me dire ce que vous en pensez (en bien ou en mal), la deuxième, faire un petit don à l’AFA pour soutenir la recherche contre la maladie de Crohn.

(end of quote)

Nota 1: a very special ahem… collector edition featuring a missing song was released at first but soon replaced by the whole album. Sousbock created the un-bonus track!

Nota 2: according to the artwork credits, it may be the last Sousbock album ever. Gosh, please beg them to change their mind (actually the Grand Leader’s mind), since [even though the salary for session musicians is not even enough to buy a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau] it would be a shame that your beloved Snowcat would lose his every-three-years part time job.