Hummus Records, Three: four Records
paper, neither one nor the other is there to be the next radio darlings. On one
hand lies Hummus Records. The label from La Chaux-de-Fonds is born from the
fires of heavy guitar riffs with vocals dripping of molten steel. On the other
hand, there’s Three:four, a Lausanne-based record label specializing in instrumental,
abstract and mostly acoustic music. The path from the gut to the brain passes
through the heart, and these two industrious ventures’ hearts are beating in
the same passionate rhythm.
La Cité offered the two labels
their creative space within the gardens of Le
Petit Théâtre during the festival’s entire run.
share the same spirit of independence and curiosity, and a particular staying
power,” states Hummus Records’ Louis Jucker, the label’s founder and a musician
in his own right. It is not La Cité's first
experience with his dogged persistence. Jucker was already allowed carte
blanche two years ago to orchestrate his universe and highlight his favorites
on Lausanne’s cobblestones.
This year, Louis Jucker is one among the diverse inventory of artists performing
in this playground of concerts, musical entertainment, readings, discussions
and other experimentations. “The loudest artists in the label won’t be playing
electric, since 105db is still not allowed at La Cité” reassures the screamer from the Coilguns trio, a
post-hardcore Stakhanovite group.
will develop its songwriting and experimental side during this stint,
highlighting artists such as their dark star Emilie Zoé. On the other hand,
Three:Four will use this cohabitation to mark their ten-year anniversary with a
bang: an open house on their spunky, confidential and international artist
list. Music by Noverto Lobo, Tresque, Midget or Manuel Troller is not as
offbeat as it seems – you can be the judge. It is the occasion to melt over
Portuguese guitar riffs that dip into Bossa Americana and to test repetitive
techno beats. It is the opportunity to sample French music that embraces pop
and contemporary music. Finally, it is the chance to savor the pleasure of
minimalist guitar played by a virtuoso who loves rhythmic electro just as much
as the rich sound of wooden instruments.
The cherry on top of this delicious musical sundae? The garden will host the
performance of aptly named Fruit Vert,
an alluring female duo described by Three:Four boss Gaëtan Seguin as “two
priestesses of melancholy”. Amen.