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Eric Chenaux


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Eric Chenaux’s songs wind up in all kinds of places and shape-shift from tender jazz standards to bossa to fried folk to meaninglessly romantic balladry. Sometimes these same songs are re-baked as modal tunes for guitar, banjo, drums, swinging speakers and wah-wah pedals (as they appear on Dull Lights) and become near-covers of themselves.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s Chenaux played rhythmically demented half-riffs with hoary post-punk band Phleg Camp and later wrote songs with the guitar duo Lifelikeweeds. Currently, Chenaux plays warped sweet-jazz in The Reveries, improvises fried polyphony in The Guayaveras and The Draperies, is a member of swinging jazz quintet Drumheller, plays languidly with Michelle McAdorey and psychedelically with Martin Arnold, writes jazz standards for the Ryan Driver Quartet, and composes skewed lyrical ballads for The Tristanos. Chenaux has played as a guest with ARRAYMUSIC, DEEP DARK United, Veda Hille, Sandro Perri and Josh Thorpe.

Eric Chenaux co-founded (with Martin Arnold) Toronto based recording label Rat-drifting in 2001, which has released twelve albums to date.


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  • yuggoth_spider

    I can't believe Richard Youngs is labeled as only being of "medium similarity" . He and Eric Chenaux are the only two artists I can think of who can take songs made of simple means, deconstruct, reconstruct, twist, and skew them with seeming effortlessness, and still keep the feeling burning at the songs' heart.

    6 Apr 11:24am Reply
  • Brett_J_Nelson

    La Blogothèque recently put out this cool film that's loosely about Constellation Records, called "And We Made the Room Shine." It has performances from Elfin Saddle, Eric Chenaux, Hrsta, Do Make Say Think, Matana Roberts, and Hangedup.

    5 Mar 3:01pm Reply
  • mdoudin

    Just mindblowing.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • elnivan

    last night's gig with Sandro Perri in Vienna was amazing, Eric is a really nice soul.

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • jessmurray

    Eric'll be playing at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green tomorrow if anyone's interested!

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • lastfmfatale

    Very excited for him opening for GY!BE. Niiiiice!

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
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    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • therewasatime

    i thought he was fucking awesome.

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • RedSteel92

    Did not care for his singing, but he is a good guitarist.

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • BrutalN00dle

    He was a great opener for GYBE, shame people were trying to talk over him the entire time.

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Michaelismyname

    He was fantastic as the opener for the godspeed show

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • The405Music

    The 405 reviewed his latest release:

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • stefanFP

    2181 listeners.

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Zap-Pascal

    Hi, my friend... see you on April ! I wait for soon... Great "Sloppy Ground"...

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • psychosemitic

    "Love Don't Change" made my day.

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • patcharan

    1,230 listeners

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Vutano

    indeed, very surprising

    18 Sep 2008 Reply
  • KayoDot

    Wow, only 78 listeners =/. That's a shame.

    25 Oct 2006 Reply

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