Bonjour Tristesse

by Soufferance

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"I spent some time dealing with depression in hospitals. It was surrealistic. A lot of people make these albums about mental illness or asylums. It seems to be a trend in dark ambient. But none of them have actually ever been in one or even know what it's really like. Well I do. And this is MY way of telling it", explains Alexandre Julien in description of the new Soufferance extended play "Bonjour Tristesse". He continues "The song "Dementia Præcox" is split into two parts, with an interlude in the middle. I never went "completely mad", but the second part of the song describes what it would have probably been like".

The EP title translates to "Welcome Sorrow", and is the first part of the "Sorrow"/"Tristesse" phase, that Soufferance is introducing. The EP was plagued with delays and let downs, with art designers, producers, other musicians and even record labels. "Initially this was going to be a split with Neige et Noirceur, but things fell through I ended up wanting to release it as an EP. Then it was "released" by a label in Germany on CD, but a fire in the warehouse destroyed most of the copies. You can ask them about it, they have a funny story. Then another label in Ukraine offered to put it out on cassette, but after I saw the preview tests, I told them there was no way something that ghetto was coming out with my approval". This was followed by multiple promises and attempts to finally get it released by other labels, but all in vain.

In November 2013, Abridged Pause Recordings is proud to finally bring this album out where it belongs, along with it's sequel, "Adieu Tristesse". Four years in the making, this version contains a full digital booklet, fully mastered music and a slew of bonus unreleased material


released November 14, 2013

All music and literature composed and performed by Soufferance
Soufferance is the creation of Alexandre Julien
Music for Dementia Præcox recorded September 7th, 8th, 9th and 30th, 2010 at Mortified Studios
Vocals for Dementia Præcox recorded December 27th, 2010 at Mortified Studios
Bonus material recorded at Mortified Studio between November 2009 and January 2011
Artwork by Niels Geybels
Layout by Alexandre Julien
APR9 - November 14th 2013
All songs released exclusively registered to Abridged Pause Publishing
The third installment in a series of self-reflection and deterioration



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Soufferance Montréal, Québec

Soufferance is my personal way of clearing my mind. Most pieces originate during jams of frustration, moments of distress and phases of clinical depression. I do not write this for the general public and perhaps only intellectuals understand these compositions, and so be it; this is MY story. ... more

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Track Name: Dementia Præcox
A certain loneliness had settled in since the event had taken place last week. Things I never questioned before, and moments I had forgotten are now part of an hourly’s lapse. It even seems, that I am myself at times, superfluous.

As a poor candlelit room proves to be of best effect, I can now comfort myself in bed. And though I cannot sleep more than an hour’s half a time, my nights are filled and completed whilst writing this diary, and some of my days are passed with momentary naps.

Those last days prior to joining the boarding house, I spent walking the rainy sidewalks, where pouring water washed memories out of life. My soaked hat, coat and shoes constantly brought me back to reality as I wandered off into nowhere.

Life has left me in utter disappointment and I feel compassion to be secluded here, where people no longer judge sanity with perceptions of reality. I no longer worry, and am completely inanimate and benumbed. But at long last, in perfect satisfaction.