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Aphar's Cave

by Léon Aphar & Ivann Cruz

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Dream I 01:27
Sisters 06:21
Dream II 01:20
Dream III 01:16
Dream IV 01:28
Maison-ruine 05:04
Dream V 01:27
Dream VI 01:17
Dream VII 01:19
Nuit Trouée 05:38
Dream VIII 01:19
Dream IX 01:30


With Aphar’s cave, Léon Aphar develops in duet with Ivann Cruz the techniques of musical collages and superpositions of disaparate sources he began to explore alone with his first album, Ghost songs.

The canva of the album is peppered with echoes from an album of Nick Cave that Léon Aphar closely listened during his youth. Most of those signals are but shadowed and blurred, which make appear other sources in the foreground : Aphar’s songs, or traces of a more distant past. There can be found a fragment of a Franz Schubert’s lied, a Ma Rainey’s blues, a traditionnal folk song or a gospel.

With this choice of a certain density of texts and musics, simply driven by their guitar and their voice, Léon Aphar and Ivann Cruz explore semantic and aesthetic saturations. Here and there, additional parts on the record amplify the process.

The disc is built with nine songs featuring characters adrift, parallels to nine dreams carried by some chords that can be heard along the ghost album nested in Aphar’s cave. Nine short stories, like a travel for a night, or for a disc. Two main slopes. One is black, the other out of category.


released April 28, 2023

Text & music : Léon Aphar, except for Ma Rainey’s « Dream Song » (n°6) + Traditional « Katie Cruel » & Franz Schubert’s « Rast » (n°10).

Recorded by Peter Orins at La Renaissance in Lille, 25-28 october 2021
Mixed by Peter Orins, Léon Aphar and Ivann Cruz in Lille, spring 2022
Mastered at Le Laboratoire central, Brussels, by Gabriel Séverin, july 2022
Artwork : Peter Orins, Marie Bouts, Léon Aphar

Available in Audio CD / Digifile / 8-pages booklet, FLAC 96kHz / 24 bits & mp3 320 kbps CBR
Produced by Circum-Disc & Raphaël Godeau


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