From the older mountains of Auvergne, Garciaphone develops a sound universe that flirts with the best of the American songwriting.

Originally a trained drummer, Olivier Perez initiated the Garciaphone project in 2007 when living in Oslo, right after returning from a 3-week tour of the United States with the New-Yorker Charles Zerner. It was a few years before, when in Mexico City without his original rhythmic instrument that he had started composing on the guitar.

After the EP “Divisadora” published in late 2011 by the label Kütu Folk, the first LP of the band – now officially a trio, with Matthieu Lopez on guitar & bass, and Raphaël Brou on drums – was recorded in December 2012 by Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Chokebore, Deus, etc.) at the Black Box Studio near Angers, France.

Through the full length of the 12 songs, we wander through enigmatic lyrics and compositions that sway from light to chiaroscuro and from tenderness to tearing apart. It feels like each sound is coming from the guts of the musicians straight to that of the listener (and settling there). Even if frailty is palpable, and a contained urgency is often right under the surface, they gracefully combine with a quite fascinating elegance.

Runner-up Prix Chorus 2012, Runner-up Prix Adami Deezer.

Garciaphone played at the 2011 Transmusicales festival in Rennes and was a “Discovery” at the 2012 Printemps de Bourges festival.