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Os Noctàmbulos
Silence Kills

The Band

Baldo - Drums
Chris Bartlett - Pedal Steel
Coline Presley - Bass & Backing Vocals
Nick Wheeldon - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Organ & Piano
Valentin Buchens - Lead Guitar

Music & Words by Os Noctàmbulos
Recorded at Corsica Garden summer 2018.

Stephane Jach - Violins
Luc Martin - Piano on 'Goodbye'
Mathieu Ménage - Piano on 'Living A Lie' & 'Is She There'

Produced by Paul Trigoulet
Mastered by Stephane Teynie
Artwork by Gaspard Le Quiniou at Arrache Toi Un Oeil
Photo by Charlotte Skurzak

Thanks to...Alex Studer and Stolen Body Records, Thom Bettney and Evil Hoodoo Records, Clément Mondoza and Slice Of Wax Records, Everyone at Buddy Records, Alex at Croque Macadam Records, Paul Trigoulet, Martin, Anna, Luc, Mathieu, Adrien, Vincent & Praline for their patience while we recorded and mixed the album, la coloc de Noue, Marion, Blanche, Gilles & Françoise, mum (de Chris), et vous, Jill Hoye, Maelys, Jérôme & Sari.

Dedicated to Baptiste Nollet

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Reviews

from Shindig! Magazine

The third album proper from these Paris-based psych troubadours is a huge leap forward from 2016's 'Stranger' - and that was a pretty great record to start with.

But from the first clanging chords of 'Sanitise Me' It's clear this is next level stuff. Nick Wheeldon sounds desperately haunted, howling over reverb-laden gothic blues like some unholy collision of Nick Cave and The Yardbirds.

While the garage-surf sound of old is still at this record's heart, sprung organ, pedal steel and violin add depth and a folk-country feel that is raw, ragged but always elegantly wasted.

Distilling influences from the The Seeds to The Triffids, the furious, fuzz drenched two minutes of 'A Man Needs A Home' sits next to the gospel-tinged 'The Day We Touched The Sun' and the simple romantic beauty of 'Come Back to Me'.

Souful and sexy, SILENCE KILLS may turn out to be a record for the ages.

8/10

Words by Ben Graham

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from Long Player, Late Blogger

Aussi vrai qu’une très sérieuse étude récente établit un lien entre la météo et les douleurs articulaires, Os Noctambulos stimulent, depuis un petit moment déjà, les hormones du bonheur chez les amateurs de galettes rares et de Nick Wheeldon.

Au milieu de la cacophonie Greta, #MeToo, le green business ou un Brexit à la mue digne des homards, surgit ce Silence Kills aussi surprenant et vivifiant qu’une Mary Quant fer de lance du Youthquake dans le London des sixties.

Dans cet album il y a Williams Burroughs qui rencontre Dylan dans un petit café de l’East Village à Manhattan au Printemps 1965. Il y a les Twin Towers de Minoru Yamasaki mais aussi celles défigurées par American Airlines. Il y a les premiers arrangements d’un autre monde de Paul Buckmaster pour violoncelle et cordes sur Space Oddity…Que d’émotions !

Et si, comme je le crois, « la musique est le plus sociologique des arts », alors il y a mille autres chose à glaner dans ce Silence Kills. Le goût du plaisir nous attache au présent écrit Baudelaire dans son journal intime, et du plaisir Os Noctambulos sait en procurer tout au long de ce nouvel album bien d’aujourd’hui.

musicandrubbish.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/os-noctambulos-silence-kill/

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from Rock à La Casbah

Os Noctambulos - Silence kills (Stolen Body records)

Baldo, Coline, Nick et Valentin forment Os noctambulos, un combo surf lofi psyché 60's qui tient toutes ses promesses d'oscillements de tête compulsifs. On se transforme en sorte de Maneki Neko instantanément dès les premières notes jouées sur ce "Silence kills" qui sort sur l’impeccable label British Stolen Body Records. Les Parisiens et la Parisienne composent des chansons pleines d'espoir qui semblent cependant systématiquement côtoyer le désespoir, c'est leur finesse. Garage, Pshyché surf et soul flirtant parfois avec de l'americana en fast forward plus qu'avec de la country, "Silence Kills" est entêtant et ne laisse aucun répit.

casbah-records.com/webzine/sur-nos-platines-4

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from Whisperin' and Hollerin

A blast of treble carried on a tidal wave of reverb assails the listener’s ears to herald the arrival of the third album by Parisienne purveyors of 60s retro style psyche and surf. ‘Sanitize Me’ is a raw, raucous blast of psychedelic garage rock that would be right at home on one of the ‘Pebbles’ compilations.

Most of the album finds the band exploring dreamy, soft-focus mellow territory, as on ‘Living a Lie’ and ‘You Walked Away’, which carry lovelorn lyrics which quaver in haunting washes of twangy guitar, augmented variously with piano and strings. Elsewhere, they go oddly country on ‘I Don’t Know Why’, and the string-soaked ‘Come Back to Me’ is sad and evocative.

There are still enough rowdy stompers, and while the slower, more reflective songs have greater emotional resonance, sometimes you just can’t beat a romping thrashabout.

7/10

Words by Christopher Nosnibor
www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp

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from Reverb Is For Lovers

Machen wir es kurz: Es ist ein tolles Album.


Os Noctambulos, eine Garage Psych-Band aus Frankreich, die bisher über zwei Alben lang stilechten Garage Psych mit viel Reverb und Bekenntnis zu den 1960ern spielte. Jetzt erscheint mit „Silence Kills“ (Stolen Body) das dritte Album.

Aus dem Pressetext entnimmt man, dass man auf der Platte den Wunsch der Band nach Variation spürt. Nicht immer dieselben drei Akkorde sollen es sein, dennoch will man die Tradition des Sixties Psych wahren.

Genau das ist zu unterschreiben. Noch mehr: „Silence Kills“ verfolgt ein Konzept, das vollständig aufgeht. Es ist eine eher düstere, verzweifelte Platte. Der „Sunshine Superman“-Donovan in dunkel vielleicht. Dramatik pur.

Unvergleichlich das staubige „The Day We Touched The Sun“ oder das einfühlsame „I Don’t Know Why“. Violinen kommen auf, ein Piano wird 9angestimmt, drumherum gibt es zumeist sehr lässigen Psych. Wir verfallen nicht in Depressionen, wir werden nur auf die unangenehmen Lebensseiten aufmerksam gemacht.


Der Opener „Sanitise Me“ ist noch sehr energisch. Bereits mit dem folgenden Song „Living A Lie“ wird es gefühlvoller. Noch einmal kehren wir zu punkigen Sounds mit „A Man Needs A Home“ zurück.

Horror-Vibes gibt es auf „Tamed“, „Flowers Of Evil“ driftet elegant. „Goodbye“ ist nicht das Ende, aber cooler Garage Rock. „Is She There?“ wird dann zum wirklichen Abschluss melancholisch.

Fazit: Ein großes Werk.

9.1/10

reverbisforlovers.com/review-os-noctambulos-silence-kills

Album of the Month

Das Album des Monats kommt von Os Noctambulos.

Die Platte des Monats: Os Noctambulos – Silence Kills

Die Franzosen bringen auf der dritten Platte mehr Variation in ihren Garage Psych und das Vorhaben geht voll auf. Es ist ein Konzeptalbum, das uns durch verschiedene Phasen trägt, mitfühlen lässt. Es wird dramatisch, melancholisch, dann geht es einfach nur nach vorne. Cooler Garage Rock wird mit großen Gefühlen gepaart.

reverbisforlovers.com/monatsrueckblick-die-8-besten-platte-in-november-2019/

No.08 Album of 2019

8. Os Noctambulos – Silence Kills (Stolen Body)

Nicht immer dieselben drei Akkorde, da muss ja noch mehr gehen: Die Franzosen gingen mit dem Wunsch nach einem offeneren Garage Psych an ihre dritte Platte. Es hat gefruchtet. „Silence Kills“ ist eine dramatische, düstere Platte. Staubige Verzweiflung wird gepaart mit Einfühlsamkeit. Die drei Akkorde begegnen uns selten, das Spektrum wird erweitert. „The Day We Touched The Sun“ ist unvergleichlich. Violinen und Piano begleiten das wundervolle „I Don’t Know Why“. Der grundlegende Garage Psych ist stets da und er ist so wunderbar lässig gespielt, dass er trotz der dunklen Farbe für Hoffnung und Zuversicht sorgt.

reverbisforlovers.com/die-25-besten-platten-des-jahres/

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fromThe Wee Review

The Parisian group Os Noctambulos are back with a follow up to their 2016 album Stranger. Silence Kills showcases a slight maturation from the band without sacrificing the ‘60s inspired surf punk sound. A real treat for fans of garage rock and that woozy surf punk style, Silence Kills is a great album with a mix of hard punk beats and laid-back tunes.

The band pride themselves on their growth but if you’re a fan of their previous work then don’t be put off by this statement. There is clear evidence of maturity throughout Silence Kills with the inclusion of synthesisers and string sections that offer a surprising harmony with the garage rock aesthetic. Tracks like The Day We Touched The Sun are much more than just a ‘60s throwback tune as a result of the instrumental variety.

And yet the feeling of the ‘60s never leaves the album. The guitars are punchy with a distinct reverb treble that sets the tone for most of the album. The bass lines walk for miles, with Flowers of Evil featuring a particularly moving bass riff. Vocals from Nick Wheeldon display a somewhat fascinating range, being able to dance between soft heartfelt lyrics to punk rock wailing.

Despite the clear ‘60s surf rock inspiration along with the ‘90s garage rock aesthetics, the album never feels anything but contemporary. This is one of those albums that has the potential to escape genre. Garage surf punk sounds like such a comical niche but really any rock fan should give this album a listen. There are no bad tracks here. Each one is guaranteed to get your foot tapping, if your whole body isn’t moving.

If a three-year break between albums can lead to this then maybe more bands should be taking that length between albums. Silence Kills is a fantastic record.

4/5

words by Alex McDonald
theweereview.com/review/os-noctambulos-silence-kills/

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from The Audio Chamber

Paris based Os Noctambulos have released a new album “Silence Kills”. It’s jangly guitars drenched in reverb and hypnotic tambo touch just perfectly. One of their songs from the album ‘You Walked Away’ is worthy of your attention. Lead singer Nick Wheeldon has another favorite band of mine called 39th and the Nortons, which is also worthy of your time. Check out here.

The 1980’s ushered in a 60’s psychedelic revival in which a small handful of bands, especially from Los Angeles, built a grassroots scene and sound that bounced off Arthur Lee & Love and The Byrds satellites. During the decade, Roger McGuinn square sunglasses were flying off the shelf. The Bomp Records label was especially key in pushing the sound globally beyond the shows at local haunts Paladinos and Madame Wongs.

As the 90’s blew in… we saw UK bands like Thee Hypnotics, The House of Love, Primal Scream, and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin blend psychedelic, grimy drum and bass, and higher octane rock n roll into the mix. In the late 90’s/early 2000’s Brian Jonestown Massacre, Outrageous Cherry, and The Green Pajamas carried the torch once again and pushed the narrative down the road. The past decade+ saw bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, Temples, and Os Noctambulos emerge and stay true to the craft and continue to turn up the volume in search of ears.

words by Scottie Diablo
audiochamber.substack.com/p/os-noctambulos-you-walked-away

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from Mindies

La formación parisina Os Noctàmbulos está de regreso con Silence Kills un nuevo trabajo que verá la luz el próximo 29 de noviembre a través de Stolen Body Records. Caracterizándose por moverse siempre dentro de los parámetros de un garage de espíritu romántico y bucólico, sus composiciones son capaces de mostrar la medida de lo que puede desatar el sentimiento amoroso, todo ello sin olvidar un punto de frenesí que quizás hayan ido frenando cada vez más con el paso de los años. Tras publicar The Devils en 2017, en esta ocasión afrontan este nuevo trabajo adentrándose en el corazón de un sonido profundo y nostálgico. Buena muestra de ello nos la encontramos en ‘Come Back To Me’, un tema donde incorporan unas cuerdas que acaban por amoldar el tema hacia una cara de lo más suave y con un punto descorazonador con la que acabar ganándonos por completo.

words by Noé R. Rivas
www.mindies.es/2019/10/os-noctambulos-come-back-to-me/

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From Datapanik

« Fingers, like the wicked roots of a tree

picking through my mind

disinfecting every thought

the thorns in my side. »


Tout commence avec un riff déglingué et solitaire à la 13th floors Elevators, et les 5 âmes torturées des Os Noctàmbulos se retrouvent sur les charbons ardents d’un hymne garage-psyché gothique en diable, dès la 15ème seconde de ce nouvel album « Silence Kills », tout juste sorti chez l’incroyable Stolen Body Records.

Telle une bourrasque de fin de soirée, l’album s’ouvre sur une histoire d’amour vénéneux, s’engouffrant dans les rues sombres d’une ville imaginaire, poursuivit par la reverb lugubre de la pedal steel. Et tout est déjà en place. La section rythmique serrée, l’avalanche de delay et de reverb, et le chant, incarné par le plus vaudouesque et habité troubadour depuis Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

Deux constats, car on est déjà à l’heure du bilan quand un album débute avec un titre pareil. Primo, « Sanatise Me » trouverait très certainement sa place sur une nouvelle compilation « Nuggets » de Lenny Kaye, si elle était d’actualité. Deuxio, si tous les disques qui trainent dans la stratosphère commençaient par un tel titre, nous serions ruinés en une semaine.

Très loin de s’être enfermé, et cela depuis leur début, dans une formule garage rock répétitive et caricaturale jusqu’à l’épuisement, le quintet offre de nouveau, dès le deuxième et troisième titre, un mélange d’une qualité rare et concise ou se combinent avec naturel, The Byrds, The Seeds et Love, et ou l’on peut entendre résister avec soulagement la pedal steel psyché du nouveau venu, Chris Bartlett. « Silence Kills » revêt des couleurs moins crépusculaires, où piano et violons se déploient avec subtilité, rappelant toutes les bandes sons de vos films préférés. Parfois, il pourrait étendre leurs filets jusqu’à rappeler sur « Walked Away », par exemple, un Deerhunter qui officierait dans les sixties.

Depuis quand n’avions-nous pas assisté à un sans faute dans le genre ?
Et chaque morceau ne contredira rien à l’affaire.
Alors, faisons simple. Des bons morceaux, on peut en faire une liste longue comme l’album. C’est en vain qu’on parlerait de « Come Back To Me », en vain que l’on pourrait pester devant la porte de chaque web radio de la planète qui ne diffuserait par « Tamed » mais déjà « Is She There? » clôture « Silence Kills », qui s’avère être le plus bel exemple de mélange entre la soul, le psyché et le garage entendu depuis un moment. Un morceau de fin d’album idéal qui ne peut supporter qu’un seul autre, le premier titre de la face A de « Silence Kills », forever and ever…

words by Alex Horne

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from Hey Tube

Die Psychedelia der 1960er Jahre ist allgegenwärtig

Bunt, überraschend, keinem Genre verpflichtet und auch immer ein bisschen schräg waren die zwei Platten, die Os Noctàmbulos bislang veröffentlichten. Jetzt veröffentlichen die vier Musiker aus Paris ihr drittes Album, das den Titel „Silence Kills“ trägt, und auf dem sie schon mal andere stilistische Wege gehen.

Mit diesem Werk weichen die Franzosen leicht von ihrem ursprünglich eingeschlagenen Weg ab. Der Sound der ersten beiden Platten bleibt zwar spürbar, aber die Hauptreferenzen, die einem beim Hören des dritten Albums in den Sinn kommen, sind neu. Deutlich und unmissverständlich aus den neuen Stücken des Quartetts sprechen freundliche Gesangsharmonien und zarte Melodien. Die Psychedelia der 1960er Jahre ist allgegenwärtig und ein Anflug von Surf wandelt durch die neuen Songs – wie gehabt. Elf neue Tracks mäandern durch diese Stile und Sounds, erforschen dabei Pop, Chanson und Schlager und führen eine Band vor, die die psychedelische Musik wie in den Sechzigern hörenswert macht.

words by Von Horst Wendt
www.heytube.de/2019-45357/die-psychedelia-der-1960er-jahre-ist-allgegenwaertig/

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from Incubator

“Silence Kills” from OS Noctambulos is So Good It’s Criminal

As you dive through the vast expanse that is the international pool of new music, there’s an infinite amount of genre overlap that pops out. Country-rap, blues-punk, classical-metal… you get the picture. But the following really got my attention: ” Psychedelic Garage, Country, Folk, Soul band”. It’s not unusual to come across a hybrid of the last three, but add psych garage to the mix? What the hell does that sound like? It sounds like the kick ass album, recently released, from Os Noctambulos.

What’s cool about this group is that, over the course of their new album Silence Kills, they lean on each genre at different points. For me, the track Goodbye really stood out because it’s a great example of them leaning on psych garage, but definitely incorporating the others too. I can’t think of another track that’s so garage-y but has pedal steel. It’s a pretty rockin’ sound:

Any way you cut it, this is a serious track. But, the guys from Os Noctambulos want you to know they can rock even harder. A Man Needs a Home is them just going for it – all out. It sounds like something similar to bands like King Tuff or Wavves. Pretty punky with definite garage aspects. Plain and simple: KICK ASS.

Listening to “Silence Kills” from front to end is an experience. Because the band is so versatile, you never really know whats coming next. There are a few songs that are a bit more intricate and folksy, but I gotta leave you something on the album to listen to for yourself, right? So go check out all 11 tracks. Not doing so may be a punishable offense in your respective legal jurisdiction.

words by Connor Dwinell
incubatormusic.net/silence-kills-from-os-noctambulos-is-so-good-its-criminal

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from Bearded Magazine

1960s inspired Parisian garage rock outfit return with atmospheric third LP

Os Noctambulos: Silence Kills (Stolen Body Records) Os Noctambulos are a garage band from Paris, whose third record Silence Kills, a collection of 60’s influenced psychedelic rock is a complete and mature step forward in the band’s fledgling catalogue. With a sound that is equal parts autumnal brooding and revivalist bombast, this eleven-track disc marks them as amongst the best groups of their ilk.

To say that Silence Kills marks a windy trail through haunted territory, littered with gems would be a staggering underestimation. Tracks like the resplendent, You Walked Away so blissfully melancholy with its jangly guitar feedback and the punk meeting rattlesnake shake on, A Man Needs A Home stand alone as anthems, worthy of being blasted from the windows of ancient apartment houses. I will confess to knowing very little about the Parisian psychedelic rock scene that spawns the band. But I have been to the city and wandered around in living history and Os Noctambulos’ sound feels right at home in a gypsy cabaret on those narrow cobblestones wandered by the glowering figure of Victor Hugo.

Among the album’s strongest offerings, I Don’t Know Why is a reflective dream piece with gloomy underpinnings. It effervesces that jittery preacher feeling of Southwest desert garage rock. I really enjoyed, The Day We Touched The Sun and Come Back To Me which were examples of neo-classic psychedelic rock at its nostalgic best. There is hardly an instrumental misstep among these tracks to my ear, every one a fully fleshed out idea brought to vivid life in the band’s more than capable hands.

On previous Os Noctambulos (meaning “night owls”) singles and EPs (as well as 2016’s excellent album, Stranger) the band’s sound had more jangle and came across as far less defined. This album, however, in addition to meeting its instrumental aspirations features polished layers of production. The whole record sounds cavernous and alive.

Featuring an exciting sound, Silence Kills is, by every possible measure, a record worth listening to and in-depth exploration. 4/5

words by Eric Mertz
www.beardedmagazine.com/albums/article/os-noctambulos-silence-kills-stolen-body-records

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from Colours Through The Air

Parisian Psych band Os Noctambulos are fairly new and this album is a fantastic listen. There are many other purveyors of retro 60's psych but this is done so well, it sounds authentic.

'Sanitise Me' opens the album brilliantly. It has a very raw sound and brought to mind The 13th Floor Elevators. The vocals are almost screamed giving it a heavy sound, but it still has the strong hooks of guitar pop.

'Living A Lie' is my favourite song here and a lot more melodic. The harmonies are dreamy and its instantly catchy and memorable. It is still very 60's sounding, reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane. 'Come Back To Me' is another highlight. A simple yet beautiful song, with great use of strings and lovely harmonies.

It ends on the sublime 'Is She There?' which is so heartfelt and almost timeless in quality. A highly recommended album.

The band also have another project with a slightly different lineup called 'The Necessary Separations'. This album has more Americana vibes and is also well worth checking out. Full of superb songs and beautiful pedal steel.

Words by Julie Fowler
coloursthroughtheair.blogspot.com/2019/12/os-noctambulos-silence-kills.html

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from Global Garage

Favourite Records of 2019:

Friends of the show Os Noctàmbulos returned with a new release this year, cranking out the jagged, surf-laced garage that made us fall in love with them in the first place. – Ryan

www.globalgarageshow.com/posts/global-garages-favorite-records-of-2019

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from PROG Magazine

Not altogether dissmiliar are Parisien quartet, Os Noctambulos, whose SILENCE KILLS (Stolen Body Records) offers a feast of heavily reverb'd guitars and acid rock twang. Led by singer/guitarist Nick Wheeldon they summon the spirit of the late Roky Erickson on the Elevators-like 'Tamed' and the rampaging 'Goodbye', while 'Flowers of Evil' reimagines The Byrds as a gnarly surf band. Curiously too, there's a post-punk sense of melodrama here, most notably on 'You Walked Away'.

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3rd Album, SILENCE KILLS released 29/11/19 on Stolen Body records

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