Kwoon - Alive
Last name: Lavallart.
First name: Sandy.
Artist name/project: Kwoon.
Favourite instrument: Electric guitar.
Distinguishing feature: Goes and plays his music in inspiring places at the world’s end, alone, surrounded by nature, whether it be upon a volcano in the Canaries ("La Rilla", "The King is Sleeping Now"), or at the foot of presumedly haunted Tévennec lighthouse ("King of Sea"), or at the top of Aiguille du Triolet, in Mont-Blanc mountains ("Giants"), facing dangers, filmed by his drones to leave us breathtaking images !
Most recent venture: Sent his guitar into space ("Stratosfear"), must-see.
Style of music: Space music, maybe 'ambient', as the specialists say, warm and soft music, instrumental or almost instrumental, which it feels good bathing in like in amniotic fluid, music that explores vastness of the universe ("Giants") and on familiar terms with infinity (and beyond).
Best moment for a listen: Before going to sleep at night – Doesn’t it fittingly end with "The King is Sleeping Now"? – or for a nap outside of time.
Type of recording: Live, the pieces being half composed in advance (chord progression) and half improvised on site, according to the landscapes forming his background of the day – nothing’s altered after the take, Sandy wants to do real live recording (otherwise, taking all this equipment on board would make no sense!)
Alternative version: "Last Paradise" exists in a darker version, with extra lyrics.
Video: "King of Sea" just had the right to a video in the form of an animated film full of poetry.
Latest physical record: The Guillotine Show (2011), excellent EP of 6 rock songs, including an unplugged version of his emblematic track.
Emblematic track: "I Lived on the Moon" (2006).
Question I’d like to ask him: Which are in you the adventurer part and the musician part?
Motto: “If you have a dream, plan it then DO it!”
Price of the album to download: 1,99 €! ...why go without?
Album duration: 43 minutes and 45 seconds
Track average duration: 7:17 – without any surprise, music has to stretch to become space music
Shortest track: "Last Paradise" (5:24)
Longest track: "Giants" (9:14)
Longest intro: "The King is Sleeping Now" (5:26 before the voice)
Remarkable instant: "Last Paradise", at 3:44 (very pretty tiny break of harmony)
King of Sea
“And this place is wonderful” ("Last Paradise")