Grand Veymont

Grand Veymont

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Record Label
Outre Disque

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Grand Veymont are
Josselin Varengo - Organ, synthesizer, percussion, vocals
Béatrice Morel Journel - Organ, chant, flute, vocals

Heading south from Lyon in south-eastern France, an awe-inspiring massif of jagged limestone looms into view. Framed perfectly by the resplendent snowcapped Alps in the distance, the Vercors Regional Nature Park is an area of exceptional beauty. Grand Veymont is the highest peak of the Vercors Massif from which Béatrice and Josselin take both their inspiration and name.

Resident and natives of the Vercors, everything is often a question of territory, the one where we are born, the one we live in, the one we leave, the one we cross, the one we see or the one we desire. Grand Veymont have been exploring these themes since forming in 2016.

Parts of their music could be likened to the experimental aspects of Stereolab, or perhaps serialist music corrupted by the pantheon of pop and ethereal, abstract atmospheres, or maybe what Krautrock would sound like if the Vercors were a feature on the map of contemporary music… So no formulaic rock here – just songs sung in French deeply veined with moods, desires and the occasional lightning strike.

The mountain's fertile terrain and imposing mass has impressed itself upon the imagination through what they describe as "krautrock de salon", a hypnotic medieval soundscape born of restless musical spirits. As free as the swirling wind of the Vercors Massif and as intriguing and playful as a young Marmot. Much like their ancestral landscape they deserve further exploration.

The duo are also currently one-third of Gloria (Ample Play, UK & Howling Banana, Fr), having played together in Tara King TH whilst still performing separately with Slow Joe & The Ginger Accident and Baby B. They have also recorded with Deborah Kant and Aquaserge.


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