Quebec Antique | The Abbey Tapes

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The Abbey Tapes

by Quebec Antique

The Abbey Tapes combines guitars, pianos, accordions, and toy instruments with synths, samples, and frenetic drum programming, to strike a unique balance between the organic and the electronic.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Sleep
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2. Right as Rain
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3. 10,000 Chances
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4. Almost Had You
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5. The Sounds
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6. 365
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7. Stars
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8. Escape
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9. A little on the Inside
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10. Montreal
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11. Under White Roofs
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Album Notes
You could say Quebec Antique is artistic dualism. First of all, there are 2 members, a new duo hailing from Austin, TX, though one of it's members is Canadian, and the other is British. Secondly, there is an undeniable musical experiment playing out here in the form of "Old meets New" or "Organic vs. Electronic." Michael Blake (vocalist, piano, guitar) and Andy Dollerson (vocals, synths, beats) have been busy for the last year making "The Abbey Tapes" just released in January 2009, and the sound they create is really an amalgamation. Blending organic acoustic instruments like piano, guitar, banjo, uke, toy instruments, etc., with a strictly synthetic element of synths and electronic drum programming, Quebec Antique strike a unique balance between ambient -almost drum n' bass style beats with a more palatable pop approach. While recently interviewing himself, Blake had this to say about Quebec Antique's new endeavors:

"It's like there's this void right now in electronic music, you know? You've got the conventional electronica genre over here, which tends to isolate some listeners with it's tendency towards extreme, manipulated sounds and less melodic structure, and total pop over there, with it's completely predictable formula and creative restraint boring you to death. I feel like we kind of met in the middle, taking the best of both worlds."



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Peter Hamilton

Cinematic Songwriting
I really think this album gives new meaning to "ear candy." Just listen and enjoy. It is a great soundtrack for living.

Chrisr at CD Baby

Did you sink into a terrible depression after news spread that Postal Service wouldn’t be making a sophomore album? No worries. A ray of sunshine breaks through the cloud cover with Quebec Antique’s latest effort, “The Abbey Tapes.” Lovely, crystalline beats support a bed of swelling sounds and hushed, earnest vocals. As with Ben Gibbard, the lyrics seem both confessional and universal. But these guys aren’t just mimicking a tried-and-true formula. Unlike Postal Service, Quebec Antique make creative use of a whole arsenal of analog instruments, toys, trinkets, and… yes, antiques. This clever confluence of junkyard pop and ambient, dreamy electronic sets this act apart from the pact.