Dissidaence (Episode 1 & 2)


Locked down and furloughed, Vitalic went back to his synths and beatboxes, resulting in his fifth album Dissidænce -- the title of which is a whole story in itself -- destined to be released in two volumes. He describes it as a return to the roots of his sonic identity, a kind of reinterpretation of the rock energy of his early albums. "More than anything, it was a question of timing. While composing I realized that eight tracks felt like too little for an album, and sixteen was really over the top, so I decided to cut the whole thing in half! The main reason though is that I felt I hadn't been able to express everything I wanted to on the first volume -- like something had been left unfinished." The two episodes of Dissidænce -- navigating between pop and hardcore, sweat and tenderness, melancholia and anger -- are a sort of boiling down of what the artist knows how to do best, after twenty years of creating, from filthy whirlwinds that make your mind explode on the dancefloor to bubblegum pop songs about love that transport us elsewhere. On these two volumes of Dissidænce that now form one, the powerful beats and galloping sequencers translate the social and political anger of the global pandemic, and Vitalic looks into the past, channeling his love for off-kilter synth sounds, skew-whiff pads, heady refrains, distorted vocals, and heavy beats. Above all, this dancefloor marathon expresses his obsessional passion for dance music and the primal need to dance. Dissidænce should be taken as both a celebration of celebration and a journey back in time to an era that maybe does not exist right now, but which will -- and this album is the dazzling proof -- be reborn from its ashes to burn bright once more, its BPM let loose and rage still blazing, because more than ever, to dance is to live. "Rave Against The System" features Kiddy Smile. Slipcase with two digipacks including Dissidænce Episode 1 and Dissidænce Episode 2; includes eight-page booklet.