Gong Expresso have announced that they’re to release a new album entitled Decadence.
Bassist Hansford Rowe’s HRIII has merged with drummer and percussionist Francois Causse, guitarist Julien Sandiford and marimba player Benoit Moerlen for the project.
Rowe says: “Decadence is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means ‘falling away.’ I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way.
“When I play with these three musicians, I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen and Francois Causse and I began playing together in early 1977 in Pierre Moerlen’s Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long-term relationships can provide.
“On the other hand Julien is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long.”
He adds: “We are recording in two cities – Paris and Montreal. Francois’ studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band.”
Gong Expresso have opened a pre-order campaign for the album via PledgeMusic, where fans can also get hoodies, bass strings, t-shirts and CD bundle packs. In addition, there are signed guitars and the opportunity to visit the Montreal studio for a day to see the recording process in action.
Further album details will be revealed in due course.
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