"Battles" is the new album by French independent artist Demians. It's available for pre-order now on Double CD Digipack and Digital, exclusively at http://www.demians-music.com
Music and lyrics composed, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Nicolas Chapel
“Mercury“ is the new album by Nicolas Chapel under the moniker of Demians, and his first 100% independent release.
And from its very first second, it obviously feels and sounds like a brand new start.
From the thumping drums opening the title track, to the intense delicacy of “Swan Song“ 's last notes, “Mercury“ takes you on a ride, leaving no corners unexplored. With the punch of the epileptic “White Chalk“, the sexy grooves of the infectious “Little Invisible“, the fat, throbbing tremolos of “Spellbound Lily“, contrasting with the slow-motion echoes of the aptly named “Water and a Sigh“, Chapel's intention was to make the most panoramic collection of songs he could. "The albums I love the most are like that, constantly shifting gears and directions, with no consideration for genres, like Neil Young's "Harvest" or Jeff Buckley's "Grace" ".
Nicolas Chapel recorded the album entirely at home during the summer of 2014, capturing a vibe instead of surgically building up a record. "For the first time, I've been able to record in this big magical sounding room, in the middle of nowhere, with the whole summer dedicated to playing music and nothing else in the plans. I'd play and feel the songs, rather than endlessly tweaking stuff". And when it came time to mixing the album, everything breathed and sounded natural, logically falling into place.
On being always asked why he chose to record and perform all the instruments when people usually put a band together first, he says: "Well the only answer to that is I love doing it. I've been working with other artists in the past few years, I produce their records, play on their music, I love collaborating and sharing. But at the same time it's like… I know thousands of people who, when they heard “Are You Experienced?“ for the first time, wanted to be Jimi Hendrix. When I was a kid and I heard “Are You Experienced?“ for the first time, I wanted to be Jimi Hendrix, and I wanted to be Mitch Mitchell, and Noel Redding, and I wanted to be Eddie Kramer. I love playing the drums as much as I enjoy playing the guitar, singing, putting microphones in front of stuff, and Demians is my outlet for not thinking about what I'm allowed or not allowed to do".
Demians (Official)’s tracks