Anomalie’s Galerie brings jazz and classical elements to electronic
Nicholas Dupuis enters the main stage as Anomalie, releasing his latest album, Galerie. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Nicholas Dupuis implements his classical piano training within his Lo-Fi electronic projects. This latest release is built on jazzy electronic vibes, a playful and satisfying take on electronic music.
The first song of the album is called “Lune,” and consists of dance synths above a piano solo. The song is light-hearted and is a great introduction to the whole collection of tracks. It evokes the feelings of dancing under the moonlight.
The second up is a bit of a more relaxed track, slightly slower than the first. “Dribble” includes similar instrumentation as the first, but has a slightly more mellow and chill tinge to its mood.
“Mollo” follows up, with a slight bossa nova rhythmic feel to it, and is less dense in texture than the first two songs of the album. With a more calculated feel, this piece is intellectually provoking yet still easily allows for a relaxed listen.
“Bond” is the fourth track. It starts with a darker mood than the previous pieces but quickly shifts into the playful mood that is a staple of this album. It’s also possible to pick out some classical-style influences in this piece, although it is dominated by a jazz style.
“Hummingbird,” which features Bad Snacks, a little later on in the album, is a lithe, smooth and very textured track. There is an etherealness to this song’s nature, brought on by the wind-like sound of the cymbal crash and the strings.
“Untouchable,” featuring India Carney, retains Anomalie’s jazzy, buoyant sound, with the addition of lyrics sung about frustration in love with an element of edge.
The last song of the album, “Leiria,” featuring Mael, is definitely styled classically, with choral-sounding vocals accompanied by soft piano, and ends the album with the perfect gentle musical flourish.
Galerie is a fun, upbeat album for anyone looking to dive into new electronic music with both jazz and classical elements, lots of keyboard soloing, and powerful lyrics and vocals.