Montag Alone, Not Alone

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Mar 1st, 2005

Montreal’s Montag (a.k.a. Antoine Bedard) got lonely making music by himself. After working all alone on his first record for France’s Gooom Disques (M83, Cyann & Ben), Antoine decided it was time to share his knowledge of arrangement and orchestration by enlisting the help of friends such as James Cargill of Broadcast (Warp Records, Drag City), Amy Millan from Stars and Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts), and Sixtoo (Ninja Tune, Anticon). With its strings, horns, wind instruments, layered vocals, and analog synths, Montag’s Alone, Not Alone has a lush sophisticated sound that helps redefine classic electric pop.

Tracklisting

1. Le Temps D’Observer Les Voies Ouvertes

2. Grand Luxe

3. Temps Partiel

4. Perfect Vision

5. All I See

6. Time Difference II

7. Figures Of A New Color

8. Motif

9. Angles, Country And Terrain Connu

10. Les Choses Se Placent

11. Exit Melodie

12. Untitled

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Artist Bio

Montreal’s Montag, otherwise known as DJ Antoine Bédard, launched his first record, Are You a Friend?, in 2002. The record was released on electronic music record label, Gooom Disques, which is also home to M83. Are You a Friend?’s dreamy and minimalistic sounds were soon noticed by France’s Les Inrocks. His extensive discography, which consists of two EPs and five records, demonstrates his composing abilities.  Bédard’s talent has sent him on major tours across the world.

The 2005 release of Alone, Not Alone (his first release on Carpark Records), received international praise, including a 7.8/10 rating from Pitchfork. His third release, Going Places (2007), was well-received in Japan where he toured with Au Revoir Simone and YACHT.

Through the years, Montag has performed live at a number of music festivals such as Mutek (Montréal), SXSW (Austin, TX), Sonorama (Guadalajara), Canadian Music Week (Toronto) and CMJ (New York).  He has shared the stage with Caribou, Broadcast, Feist, The Junior Boys, Lali Puna, Xiu Xiu and Stars among others. Montag regularly collaborates on visual art installations, theatre plays, art videos and other audio art projects.

In 2012, he conceived Audiosphere, an award-winning iPhone application that allows transit users to discover local artists with use of geolocalisation. In early 2013, he worked on the original score and sound design for Pascal Grandmaison’s Le jour des 8 soleils, presented as part of the event Luminothérapie in Montreal.

In parallel to his work in musical composition, Bédard has been producing various soundwalks that explore the relationship among sound, urban environment and history. He also co-hosts and spins at some of Montreal’s highly attended gay nights, Mec Plus Ultra and Audioporn Club.