Gaspard Augé, best known as one half of two-time GRAMMY-winning electronic duo Justice, the duo that united rock and rave in the mid-2000s, has just teased a forthcoming debut solo album with the release of his new single ‘Force Majeure’ via Ed Banger Records / Because Music.
‘Force Majeure’ is a gleefully hypercharged prog-dance anthem that could double as a soundtrack to a robot wrestling match, sealing his reputation as a master of maximalism. Whilst there are some elements which hearken back to his work in Justice – the crunch on whirr of the synths, the song’s sense of cinematic enormity – ‘Force Majeure’ exudes a bombastic playfulness, crafting a sonic utopia that ignores narrow definitions of good taste or bad taste, and captures the innocence of enjoying music in your youth, where you’re guided first and foremost by feeling.
The single is preceded by an ostentatious visual filmed in Turkey, in which Augé performs the song’s muscular drum introduction on the factory floor of the Bosphorus cymbal factory.
“We were really attracted by the epic visual appeal of cymbal making: bronze, fire, hammers – something almost mythological and elemental like Vulcan or the Nibelungen.” states Augé.
The clip, which was directed by Filip Nilsson, is a harbinger of more captivating work to come.