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Sevens Project est un nouvel orchestre issu de la compagnie de production artistique Moondata Productions.

Au cœur de Sevens Project, on retrouve 3 artistes de Moondata, soit Matt Lederman, Ryhna Thompson et Peter X, en plus du gagnant du prix Polaris 2007, Patrick Watson et Stefan Schneider, de Bell Orchestre. Bien qu’il y ait une diversité certaine à travers les pièces, Vid Cousins réussit un coup de maître en réalisant un album harmonieux et bien ficelé, alors que les talents de mixeur d’Amon Tobin ont su amené une nouvelle profondeur aux compositions.

Vous retrouvez aussi l’apport musical de quelques autres représentants de la communauté musicale montréalaise, dont Jace Lasek et Olga Goreas de The Besnard Lakes, Eric San (Kid Koala), Pietro Amato de Torngat ainsi que le pianiste et compositeur canadien Joshua Rager.

Noir mais invitant, Sevens Project est une œuvre conceptuelle sans compromis qui va là où le rock et la musique expérimentale marchent main dans la main.

Sevens Project s’appuie sur le talent de 5 différents compositeurs; l’album présente une collaboration unique qui allie l’influence de la nouvelle avant-garde, la culture de l’échantillonnage et des musiques de film avec l’énergie et la puissance et la passion d’un groupe rock. Sevens Project a produit avec cet album des sonorités organiques qui défient toutes catégorisations.

La chaleur des guitares acoustiques, des riches arrangements de cordes, la section de cuivre, les voix d’une chorale et un groupe Dixieland sont traités avec mordant dans la manipulation studio. Des batteries du tonnerre, des arrangements électroniques qui rentrent dedans et des guitares à fendre les oreilles (dans le sens positif du terme) qui s’entremêlent avec des arrangements grandioses et des orchestrations hop la vie.


Sevens Project is an exciting new ensemble from the Montreal based creative production house, Moondata Productions.

At the core of Sevens Project are Moondata’s own Matt Lederman, Ryhna Thompson and Peter X, with 2007 Polaris Prize winner Patrick Watson and Stefan Schneider of Bell Orchestre. The diversity of the songs is tied together by the visionary production of Vid Cousins, while the dynamic mixing skills of Amon Tobin add new depth to the compositions.

The album features additional musical contributions from a cross-section of the Montreal musical community including Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas of The Besnard Lakes; Eric San (a.k.a. Kid Koala); Pietro Amato of Torngat, as well as Canadian pianist and composer Joshua Rager.

Dark yet inviting, Sevens Project is a bold conceptual work that points in the direction where rock and experimental music walk hand in hand.

Drawing from the talents of five different songwriters, the album is a unique and powerful collaboration that incorporates compositional influences from the new avant-garde, tape loops and phasing music, and cinematic sound-tracks with the drive, energy and passion of a rock band. Sevens Project has produced an organic sounding record that defies simple categorization.

The warmth of acoustic guitars, lush string ensembles, horn sections, vocal choirs and a Dixieland band are processed with the sonic edge and precision of studio manipulation. Thundering drums, jarring electronics and earsplitting guitars provide the backdrop for gorgeous arrangements and ambient treatments and playful orchestration.


released March 2, 2010

Matt Lederman - guitars, piano, programming, glockenspiel, mandolin
Stefan Schneider - drums, percussion, monologue
Ryhna Thompson - piano, wurlitzer, trumpet, glockenspiel, voice, stomps and claps
Patrick Watson - voice, piano, rhodes, wurlitzer
Peter X - bass, guitars, voice, stomps and claps

Vid Cousins - programming, guitars, bazz, glockenspiel, banjo, voice, stomps and claps
Jace Lasek - guitar, voice, stomps and claps
Joe Grass - pedal steel, banjo
Olga Goreas - voice, stomps and claps
Josshua Rager - piano
Eric San - turntables
Pietro Amato - french horn
Evan Cranley - trombone
John Dodge - sousaphone
Erik Hove - alto and soprano saxophone, flute
Andrew King - trumpet
Jean-Philippe Ouellet - clarinet
Jason Sharp - baritone and tenor saxophone
Martine Gaumond - violin
Catherine Le Saunier - cello
Sage Reynolds - contrabass

Written and arranged by Sevens Project and Vid Cousins.
Produced and engineered by Vid Cousins in Montreal, Qc at Monkey Puzzle Sound Studio, Breakglass Studios, MECC, Planet Studios and Patrick's apartment.
Additional engineering by Ghislain Brind'Amour, Jace Lasek, Matt Lederman & Patrick Watson.
Mixed by Amon Tobin & Vid Cousins
Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket Mastering.
Artwork and design by Corrine Merrell.
Executive Producers - Matt Lederman & Ryhna Thompson.

This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Canada Music Fund and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.



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Track Name: Static

Well I woke up in the morning just to see the city lights
I went down by the river to be clear of all the city's sights
cause it don't get so much better
and it ain't getting me close home
i'm running back now

so i jumped into the river to be clean of all the night
to keep that dog from running, that just never ends when you are young
and you are getting tired
and you just want to sit a while
so you can smile into the sun

and it sings ahhhhhhhhh
can't you feel that i am closer to you
and all the ahhhhhhhhh
static noise will sing to you

it's pathday on a bargain just to see if i could breathe
99 cents to love and 99 cents just to be
it ain't getting any better
and it ain't getting any closer
if you ask me

and I saw…..
abandoned everything that meant something to me
and i'm so sorry
that i left the things that meant so much to me


is it just a little too late
to get back all those things I gave away
oh, what am i supposed to do
i packed my bags I ain't coming home to you

abandoned all my jewels
abandoned all the things I knew
the search for such a pretty world
that probably looks like you
and it didn't get any better
and it didn't get any worse
it just came out to the same old song
Track Name: Haleiya

Do what you can when you’re down
Put your face against the ground
Take what you want from what I am
There’s nothing I can do anymore
Push your feet through the ground
Do what you can when you’ve fallen by
Anyway to see your hand
Track Name: Hope

A woman waits with her bones hung dry
A bitter taste is looking for the sweetest smell
Time for her to put on her face as well

As she smudges her smile on her face
Well past all the borders of good taste
Warm bright colours on her cheeks,
“I do”
Blushing all the memories of you

She waits for you
That’s what hope is hanging on to
She waits for you
That’s what hope has been hanging to

A woman waits with her hands on her mouth
Kissing all the warmth that she used to touch
Tasting all the memories from her fingertips
‘Cause she’s still missing you
She is still missing you

She waits for you
That’s what hope’s been hanging to
She waits for you
That’s what hope has been hanging to

Opens her arms and wraps her woolen eyes around
The distance
And comforts all the empty space