Dave Chose returns with 0.5%, a new track off his self-titled debut album due April 27th via Bonsound, following last fall’s release of his first single, Chez Françoise. The album is available for pre-order now, and will be launched in Montreal at Le Ministère on Thursday, April 26th.
While Chez Françoise, a rough ballad with an exhilarating chorus, shows off the artist’s soft side, 0.5% takes a page out of the grunge music of his youth. 0.5% was the last song he wrote for the record. The lyrics are a self-reflection on the monotony and ennui Dave felt throughout a long period of sobriety. J’carbure au tonic / Flat comme un vieux rubber / Pis me semble que ça va / Mais fuck c’est / Pas débile (I’m running on tonic water / As flat as old rubber / And everything seems fine / But fuck it’s not awesome), he sings on the track.
An artist to watch in 2018 according to La Presse and VOIR, Dave Chose explores his personal experiences from the summer of 2015 (Lacteur rose) to fall of 2017 (0.5%) on his debut LP. The 12 songs are marked with a charming naïveté and highlight banalities like the taste of iced tea from the corner store, or the pleasure of rolling his own cigarettes. I never had as much fun in my life as I had as a kid, confides the Montrealer-via-Lac-St-Jean. Being an adult is complicated… it’s dull. This nostalgia is translated by a use of common parlance and stories of intense vulnerability.
The linguistic simplicity is all the more heightened by elaborate arrangements that are rich and electric. Dave Chose exploits this clash between lyrics and music with the help of the album’s two co-producers, Benoît Bouchard (who also engineered and mixed the album) and Nicolas Beaudoin. They were joined by other talented musicians, including Jonathan Bigras, Julien Sagot, Dany Placard, Alex McMahon and Louis-Philippe Gingras.