A child of punk and noise, Pierre G. Desenfant, under the Blackthread monicker, pursues the multiple incantations of an immersive and inner quest, carved from the limbo of his own dreams, cinematographic miniatures where the intimacy of words and spoken word meets the chiseled luxury of analog machines. In his songs of a new century, Blackthread experiments with the precision of the scalpel, an outstanding storyteller floating on vaporous synthetic mist. Sumptuous magnetic clouds in which balances an emaciated bass, choirs on the horizon, a soul keyboard or a minimal, almost hypnotic beat. We slide between scenes in sequences, carried by the echo of this voice dancing between the murmuring and the sung, hints of Gil-Scott Heron flirt with Pansonic, Coil and Enoesque ambience.
1: what mistake did you make last time ?
2: less is more.
3: fix built repeat.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
My dreams, they never cease to amaze me.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
A Nevermind tape as a gift when i was 13.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Nick Cave – Let love in
Otis Redding – Blue
The Cure – Pornography
Etta James – At Last
Brian Eno – Ambient 1
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Pilsner and Table football, don’t ask why.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Probably that special spot where i like to seat and do some work in a bar by the river. It has a huge window where you can watch the sundown. It’s always warm.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I’d grow a bigger beard and fix old cars.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
A Turkish compilation of psyché folk from the 70’s.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I have to say: Brian Eno.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I don’t know. But I can tell you the one I missed: Nick Cave played my home town, at Les Nuits de Fourviere. I was away. People keep telling me how I missed something epic. I hate it.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
I constantly need to feed my ears with new sounds. Explore. Technology never failed to give me new things to tweak.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I do have two older sisters. I can’t tell, we never talk about it. But my niece (12) did a presentation about my music at school!
Nahal Recordings releases Blackthread’s new album ‘The Way You Haunt My Dreams‘ on 17th May 2019!
Photo © Marion Bornaz