ARMEL DUPAS TRIO FEAT.
MATHIEU PENOT (DRUMS & KEYS)
AND KENNY RUBY (BASS & KEYS)
A polished, electro-acoustic sound relishing digital and analogue synthesizers, coloured with hints of ambient and prog rock, and with distant allusions to Brad Mehldau and EST, but with pop sensibility and rhythm.
Whereas WaterBabies saw the emergence of Dupas' electronic-tinged style, Upriver saw the further elaboration of Dupas' fusion of digital and organic with his light, free-flowing melodies and touring behind his solo debut resulted into the formation of the Armel Dupas Trio and subsequent writing and recording of his second album A Night Walk with touring bandmates drummer Mathieu Penot and bassist Kenny Ruby. On A Night Walk, Dupas adds another dimension to his recorded output as he essentially combines his background in film composition, his increasingly hard-to-pin-down signature style with multi-instrumentalists Penot and Ruby's skills both on drums, bass, as fellow keyboardists, and as synth programmers. The result is a work of musical world-building with a cinematic grandeur from its moments of quiet introspection to its prog rock fueled flights of fancy.