In Solastalgia, EitherWay has a new EP “Morii” coming out and in advance of that, a music video for the title track is available to watch now. The solo project of Jean Philippe Hébert exists purely in instrumental form, a heavy, experimental, post-rock listening experience that is progressive, cinematic and in a genre all its own.
As Hébert explains, he is trying to create a complex, visual listening experience, like a short movie or a trip, in which the music itself changes intensity, emotions and comes in waves, there is a playful side that works with a nostalgic side. He continues, explaining the single in more detail:
“Morii : Water: it’s beauty and strength. Is an adventure that begins with a quiet walk by a water source, we then plunge into the water. As the underwater reveals a soft and silent world, we move on and the soft waters become rapids that make their way to the ocean.
Definition : Morii (noun): The desire to capture a fleeting experience.”
This upcoming, initial EP draws a complete picture of all the genres that the project is merging together: a post-apocalyptic screenshot of a non-utopic universe within a 6-song act.
Heavily influenced by film scores, In Solastalgia, EitherWay will likely continue further down this path, becoming more and more complex, with bigger arrangements and more instrumentation, when Hébert attends film school.
Stating that he is a rather shy person, it took him some time to get this project off the ground. About a year ago, he started showing his music and received enough positive feedback that it encouraged him to go ahead with his project. He also became fascinated by the idea of Solastalgia and the effect that environmental change has on our collective mental health.
In Solastalgia, EitherWay is recommended for fans of Opeth, Russian Circles and Mogwai.
Jean Philippe Hébert is an academically trained guitarist. Originally from Québec City, JP was educated at Notre-Dame-De-Foy campus, a private college in the outskirts of Quebec capital. He grew up surrounded by nature with one brother and two parents in the medical field.
As a young boy, JP would admire a guitar that had been hung on the wall of his house for ages, until he found the courage to ask for the instrument and some lessons. As a teenager, JP played a lot, concentrating his efforts towards a heavy style of music, until he started college and began studying classical and jazz. He is also a multi-instrumentalist; playing not only guitar but piano, drums and bass as well as banjo, mandolin and other specialized guitars.
His musical abilities landed him many gigs with prominent local Quebec City acts like Elliot Maginot, Lisa Leblanc and Les Soeurs Boulay to name a few. For over a decade now he has been lead guitarist on many of these projects both in-studio and live settings.
He is currently working on a solo project “In Solastalgia EitherWay”, which is the fruit of many years of work; it was built around the philosopher Glenn Albrecht idea that describes a form of emotional or existential distress caused by environmental change. This project combines JP’s love for nature and music. His influences vary from Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Goat and to heavier things like Opeth. You can hear all these worlds colliding in his music, somehow perfectly placed in chaos.
The goal is to have a 6 song EP entitled "MORII" recorded by 2021 that will then be followed by a series of concerts. The concerts themselves will be worked on as moving portraits, as he will work closely on visuals with videographers. This project is both musical and visual.