We are proud to host the German Premiere of Chris Garneau´s new video and single “Our Man”. Filmed and directed by fashion designer Rad Hourani including his own designs. They both met some years ago in Paris. And after working together for Rad Houranis last summer show during fashion week, they came up with the idea to shoot a video for Chris. “Our Man” is a catchy slow song in the tradition of musicians like Antony and the Johnsons or Tori Amos. Taken from his new album ” Winter Games”! Enjoy!
“This record isn’t about trivial shit. It’s about why love doesn’t happen right, how your person is shaped in the early stages of life. It’s about defeating parental abandonment, sexual abuse, or family rejection. It’s about people who struggle well, what it means to have those things happen to you as a child and play out later in life” ” Says Garneau About his album.
When Chris Garneau started working on Winter Games five years ago, he had a simple premise in mind: exploring the frostbitten season through secondhand story lines. Not long-forgotten memories of merriment and myrrh so much as the many ways smothered sunrises and blanketed windowsills manipulate our moods and tighten―or in some cases, altogether undo ―our family ties. So the first two tracks Garneau wrote (simply titled “Winter Song 1″ and Winter Song 2″ despite being much denser lyrically) weren’t just about seeing ghosts or sinking one’s teeth into piles of freshly packed snow. They also delved into such dark topics as abuse, incest, and neglect. Things only got deeper from there, too, transcending the singer’s original concept with minor-keyed tales of hastily drained happiness, unheeded warnings, and swift mood swings.
“Winter Games” out April 11th on Clouds Hill
Tour dates 2014: Hamburg, Vienna, Rennes, Heidelberg, Lyon, London and many more: HERE
Winter Games isn’t a downer. In its own twisted way, it’s triumphant, bursting at the seams with Garneau’s barebones melodies and the richly woven arrangements of CJ Camerieri and Rob Moose―perfectly paced orchestrations that parallel their work on Bon Iver’s GRAMMY-winning debut as a full-blooded group . “It’s magical really,” explains Garneau, referring to the pair’s collaborative process. “They don’t write anything down; I direct things to a certain degree, then they take over and get this big sound from only the two of them.” In many ways, Winter Games is the music Garneau’s been trying to make since he was a lonesome kid who competed in Parisian piano competitions and happened to be on a last name basis with Beethoven, Debussy and Brahms.
Title: Winter Games
Releasedate: digital: December 6th 2013 – physical: April 11th 2014
Chris Garneau about Rad Hourani
“I STARTED IMAGINING CLOTHES THE SAME WAY I STARTED CREATING IMAGES: WITH A SENSE OF CURIOSITY AND INNOCENCE DRIVEN BY MY NO-BACKGROUND BACKGROUND. NO SCHOOL. NO TEACHERS. NO TELLY. NO BOUNDARIES. NO FORMATTING. I LIKE THE IDEA OF A WORLD THAT WE COULD LIVE AND SHAPE BY OURSELVES, ONLY BY OBSERVING. EACH OUR OWN. MY VISUALS HAVE ERUPTED FROM THIS WORLD OF MINE.
THEY ARE ASEXUAL, ASEASONAL, THEY COME FROM NO PLACE, NO TIME, NO TRADITION, YET THEY COULD BE HOME ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. THEY EXUDE THE ESSENCE OF TIMELESS STYLE, DRAWN ON A MONOCHROMATIC AND GRAPHICAL CANVAS. PALETTE OF BLACKS AND SHADES OF TIMELESS COLORS. SOPHISTICATED UNISEX MODERN CLASSICS FOR ANTI-CONFORMIST INDIVIDUALS.” – Rad Hourani
Rad Hourani reinvents design by transcending its conventions, creating a unisex luxury that is changing women’s and men’s wardrobes since he launched his namesake label in 2007 in Paris. Like all truly great visionnaires, Hourani not only depicts fashion, he defines it, and gives it cultural resonance. Gender-agnosticism is the driving conceptual direction in Rad Hourani’s work, and growing up and living in such different parts of the world has certainly contributed to Hourani’s rather holistic design approach: self-tought and driven by a passion for modernity, Hourani creates a lifestyle that has rid itself of any conventional restrictions : no gender, no season, no rules, epitomising the values of freedom and unisex elegance. Since his first show during Paris Haute Couture week in July 2012, Rad Hourani has became the first designer to present a Unisex Haute Couture show in history. www.radhourani.com / @Facebook
Label: Clouds Hill Ltd!
Founded as a 7″ single label, only releasing exclusive tracks recorded at Clouds Hill Recordings, Clouds Hill now evolved into a record label serving heavyweight vinyl 12″, 10″ and 7″ from flamboyant artist. All recorded and mixed on tape, Clouds Hill nowadays releases also CD and digital.