Spare Ones

HALF A BAND is a solo project ofOlivier Bonneau, multi-instrumentalist who has participated in the unique albums of Sundayer, Birkenhead and Cargobelly. He is also the current keyboardist of GRANDVAL. In spite of a long discography behind him, he had realized in CD format only one album before: Spare Ones. Released as a self-production (and confidential edition) in 2019, the album develops long instrumental passages as Olivier Bonneau likes to compose them, here in a rather post-progressive vein made of successions of ambiences.

HALF A BAND Spare Ones
Spare Ones, self-production, 2019

Tales from Claustrophobic Horizons

Nevertheless, Olivier Bonneau continues his way and, coming out of his alchemical laboratory, has entrusted the executive production of a new album to the label VALLIS LUPI in 2021.
If Tales from Claustrophobic Horizons makes an obvious nod to the Tales from Topographic Oceans from Yes By its title and by its structuring in four tracks, the album deploys a more atmospheric rock mixed with vintage influences coming from the progressive of the 70’s and the 80’s, but also from post-rock, ambient, dream pop, psychedelic rock, cold and new wave. Olivier Bonneau weaves here airy and light compositions within which the apparent reiteration nevertheless deploys subtle variations and a well-balanced musical dynamic.

HALF A BAND Tales From Claustrophobic Horizons
Tales from Clautrophobic Horizons, Vallis Lupi, 2021

Deep in the Night

After the release of the end of the elements trilogy of  GRANDVALOlivier Bonneau is back at work on his solo project, releasing Deep in the Night on November 17, 2023.  Without abandoning the progressive influences, this new album marks a stylistic evolution with a more melodic and pop approach with sounds paying homage to the progressive pop of the 1980s (Tears for Fears, Talk Talk, the Genesis of 1983 or the Peter Gabriel of So).  Deep in the Night nevertheless retains an atmospheric and progressive aesthetic (multi-part tracks, many of which hover around the 10-minute mark).

Deep in the Night is distributed by Vallis Lupi as a digital download in FLAC (Free Loseless Audio Codec) format, enabling lossless playback comparable to the CD format.

Deep in the Night, distribution Vallis Lupi, FLAC, 2023
Half A Band at Vallis Lupi
Photo credit: [HVRC]