This short album is a collection of ideas both musical and lyrical that I've worked on over the last year or so, through a lot of late nights and long weekends. I've devoted a lot of careful thought to these songs and I sincerely hope that you enjoy them.
"The Beehive State isn’t exactly like Seattle, or LA when it comes to producing well-known musicians. Not yet. L’anarchiste is looking to change that, and quickly... This is a very new band, and few such fledgling groups accomplish such depth and complexity so quickly."
- Sound Citizen
"With 5 songs totalling over 30 minutes, it’s no punk rock, and usually anything over 5 minutes is a struggle for me – but I found when listening to the 8 minutes and 42 seconds of ‘Iron’ on their self title EP I actually found myself not wanting the song to end."
- Choose My Music, UK
"If all goes as planned, expect to hear a lot more from the fledgling band L’anarchiste. Eclectic, complex and a big bowl of folk for breakfast, L’anarchiste’s EP is a year’s worth of fine tuning by Robert LeCheminant... To the uncouth ear, L’anarchiste sounds like Sufjan Stevens, which is, in many ways, an asset. What draws L’anarchiste and Stevens into commonality is not only the solid brass back-up and dissident vocal harmony, but the attention to detail. Tracks like “Stony” and “Sleep” sound warm and round, and focus on tonal construction. It is clear that LeCheminant has spent a great deal of time on the EP’s production... If you are a fellow folker, I suggest you seek this one out."
- SLUG Magazine
"This is probably one of the most endearing albums that I have ever listened to. The EP feels absolutely effortless and that is its greatest charm."
- Out of our System
"I think the best way to describe this band is “effortful minimalism” -- sounds like an oxymoron, right? Well, it takes a lot to show self restraint. Think of Phillip Glass if he were a 20-something indie rocker. OK, that might be a stretch. But L’anarchiste takes cues from Sufjan Stevens as far as incorporating distinct tones, while also reminiscent of Bon Iver and Local Natives -- and, to a lesser degree, Arcade Fire - -with their use of counter melodies and interesting phrasings that come in and out like waves. This can be an articulation that requires the span of seven minutes of song, something that not a lot of bands would dare to do."
- City Weekly, SLC
released 20 December 2011
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