Today, Signal Rex
announces June 21st as the international release date for La Merde
's highly anticipated debut album, La Vie en Noir
, on vinyl LP format.
Hailing from Belgium, La Merde
have been blending classic neofolk with industrial electronics since 2018. La Merde
combines fact and fiction in an anachronistic collage of the past into a contemporary creation of sound and image. They are storytellers in an abstract sense, conjuring an aural vision, both real and imagined, of our past, present, and future. By wielding a DIY ethos and using a wide range of instruments, they've created a sound that is both formed from soil yet otherworldly.
With tragedy and misery as the guiding principle, La Merde
guide you through the eternal collapse of the world. As of 2021, they've released sought-after tapes and joined the stage with the esteemed likes of Rome, Awen, and By The Spirits. And now arrives La Vie en Noir, La Merde
's debut full-length. Both consolidating and eclipsing those prized short-length predecessors, La Vie en Noir
lays bare a sumptuous soundscape that spans autumnal splendor and simmering tension, bitter repose and stifled violence. Each of the 43-minute album's dozen songs offers its own unique snapshot, and the duo thread all of it together with unified purpose and poignant dynamics. In short, it's everything - and more - a long-form La Merde
recording has promised to be, brimming with a dark gorgeousness that's engrossing to the very end.
While neofolk and classic industrial seem like strange bedfellows for Signal Rex
, the label dutifully seeks darkness in its forms. La Merde
begin their Thelemic march with La Vie en Noir
- love under will, and love is the law!
Begin that march with the brand-new video for "A Flower That Once Has Bloomed Forever Dies" HERE
at Signal Rex
's official YouTube channel. Cover and tracklisting are as follows: