After four years, the Parisian electro-pop prince that is Pierre Lefeuvre has returned as SAYCET – his solo electronica project, with astonishing new album Mirages. Pushing the boundaries with his unique brand of dreamy, radiant melodies and wonky beats, Lefeuvre has outdone himself since previous release, One Day at Home and Through the Window.
Opening with the ambient and melodically powerful ‘Ayrton Senna’, we are drawn into the center of the album’s core sound. Progressive synth flows freely through a wave of scattered but aurally pleasant tones against a backdrop of chunky basslines, woven seamlessly together with a touch of mysticism. Title track Mirages and second single Volcano both borrow the outstanding vocal talent of Phoene Somsavath whose light and airy vocals add to the fantastical atmosphere that dominates the album, forming similarities to alt-pop counterpart CHVRCHES. On the other hand, tracks such as ;Météores’ and ‘Cité Radieuse’ offer a more chaotic sound with an array of pulsating synth that evokes a plethora of emotion. Another one to listen out for is Lefeurve’s fiendishly addictive ensemble, ‘Northern Lights‘, which delivers a flurry of feverish piano laced with spine-tingling build-ups and crescendos.
Mirages is a beautifully orchestrated masterpiece, constructed by an ingenious musical architect with a firm passion for perfection. Fans of Jon Hopkins, SOHN, Madeon or Porter Robinson may find SAYCET’s particularly progressive sound tantalizingly appealing.
by Conor Shields
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