Brad Deschamps has been recording and releasing music as anthéne since 2015 and has released his music on a number of labels, including Home Normal, Past Inside the Present, Constellation Tatsu as well as his own Polar Seas Recordings label. He has also collaborated with like-minded artists Ian Hawgood, Andrew Tasselmyer, Clara Engel and Simon McCorry on several releases. Brad’s music is mainly composed using electric guitar, Juno synthesizer, various acoustic instruments and field recordings to create melodic and texturally rich pieces.
On december 17th 2021, anthéne (Toronto, Canada) will release his album “held” via Oscarson (Dinklage, Germany). Available as two different limited editions. The preorder starts november the 26th 2021.
Held is the first anthéne album to feature collaborations with other artists. For this release Brad recorded several pieces with the intention of incorporating additional elements, such as cello and voice. He reached out to friends Simon McCorry (cello), Clara Engel (voice), Ian Hawgood (modular synth and mixing) and Michael Mucci (guitar and lap steel) to add melodies and texture to several of the pieces. The cello parts were initially written by Brad using vst software, however having Simon perform them brought out a much more human and emotional element to the pieces and the end result is one of the most engaging and diverse albums of Brad’s to date.