Des (nombreuses) certitudes qui courent au sujet d'AaRON, on n'en gardera qu'une : la complicité entre Simon Buret et Olivier Coursier est telle que ce groupe reste unique. Fort d'un engouement national et d'une reconnaissance internationale amplement mérités et bâtis avec 4 albums sublimes « Artificial Animals Riding On Neverland » (2007), « Birds in the Storm » (2010), « We Cut the Night » (2015), « Anatomy of Light » (2020) et des concerts mémorables, le tandem se réinvente et surprend avec chacune de ses précieuses collaborations. Après John Malkovich et Jean-Claude Van Damme, ils reviennent avec Mylène Farmer pour qui ils ont écrit et composé - et avec laquelle ils interprètent - le titre « Rayon Vert » qui paraîtra sur le nouvel album de l’icône française le 25 novembre. Parions que ce « Rayon Vert » augure d’une aube nouvelle pour AaRON.
In the history of pop music, few have managed this. This awareness that artists need to keep challenging themselves. Experiment. Take chances. Reinvent themselves, never settling into a lazy, tawdry routine. A few examples immediately spring to mind : The Human League, who at the turn of the 1980s ditched their electronic experiments in favour of a highly compelling blend of electro-pop. Nick Cave left behind his early dismantled punk rock style and turned into a timeless crooner, while on Joy Division's mortal remains, New Order dreamed up an icy, unremitting version of disco, a thinking man’s dance machine. Yes, reinventing yourself. A challenge for some, a vital necessity for others. A second nature…
Overnight success, popular as well as critical acclaim, recognition both in France and, very soon, abroad : logic would have dictated that AaRON merely stick to the same winning formula – acoustic-oriented songs with a few variations here and there - and quietly drift away. And end up shipwrecked ? Maybe. Probably. But we’ll never know. For Simon Buret and Olivier Coursier, whose peerless kinship is intact nearly a decade after their initial meeting, decided to wipe the slate clean. Make a fresh start. More or less. Anatomy of light lays its cards on the table. Observing, arguing, laughing, listening to noises, conversations, and silences too. Settling down - on a bench, in a bar -, then setting off again. Never worrying how their "journey" might end. These ten songs could form the fantasy soundtrack for these adventures. One where electronics reign supreme, vintage synths lay on top of drum machines from another century and classical arrangements are combined with retro-futuristic accents. An intermingling of uncertainties, addiction(s), obsessions and beliefs.
With the golden age of a certain idea of pop in mind, yet with their eyes clearly set on the future, This is music which lifts the veil of intimacy, but never in an intrusive way, and seems able to turn darkness into bright shining lights. It is a celebration – one which will make your nights more beautiful than your days.