Jakarta Records announced “Les Grandes Vacances” courtesy of Beirut’s Cosmic Analog Ensemble, aka multi-instrumental phenom Charif Megarbane. Out on January 19, 2024, the LP is an expansive musical odyssey, one that paints a melodic tapestry woven from an eclectic panorama of sonic tools. Funky beats, dreamy melodies + cinematic flair combine to create an experience that transcends time. From vibrant funky energy to introspective moods and library-inspired tunes, “Les Grandes Vacances” captures the essence of past and present, inviting you to indulge in the perfect balance of “groove-stalgia.”
Cosmic Analog Ensemble, the prolific one-man band helmed by Charif Megarbane, the staggeringly prolific producer, instrumentalist, and all-around musical mastermind, returns to his “Ensemble” with LP “Les Grandes Vacances.”
Megarbane’s artistry has garnered widespread recognition, with notable placements in Spotify Editorial Playlists like “Global Groove” and “Folk Fabrique,” along with coverage from platforms / publications such as BBC Radio, Bandcamp, The Vinyl Factory, Time Magazine, and Esquire, among a host of others. Building on the success of his debut solo release “Marzipan” in 2023 via Habibi Funk, “Les Grandes Vacances” is a sonic journey that captures the full scope of Megarbane’s sonic habitus. As a composer and producer, Megarbane touts hugely versatile, sometimes volatile musicianship — his 100+ catalogue of projects (including legendary groups like the Free Association Syndicate, The Flying Turbans, Monumental Detail, etc.) features a huge domain of sonic direction. Jakarta Records presents here a new expansion in the sonic universe of Megarbane.
In the enchanting sonic world of “Les Grandes Vacances,” Cosmic Analog Ensemble expertly combines diverse musical elements to craft an immersive experience. From vibrant funky energy to introspective moments and library-inspired compositions, the album’s sonic palette is rich and varied. The meticulously designed artwork by Simone Cihlar (known for collabs with Anderson .Paak, Tom Misch, Ivan Ave, Tapioca and others) complements the album’s thematic depth, enhancing the visual and auditory journey for listeners.
Reflecting on his creative process, Megarbane cites a stream of consciousness approach: “It’s a very spontaneous, playful, and diary-like approach and workflow…I trust my instinct because instinct is based on experience.”