Montreal, Canada’s In Solastalgia, EitherWay is the visual and instrumental post / progressive rock experience created by Jean Philippe Hébert. To introduce himself and his music, he’s unveiling the debut EP“Morii” on Friday, October 8th, 2021.
In Solastalgia, EitherWay goal is to merge together a post-apocalyptic screenshot of a non-utopic universe within a 6-song act.
As Hébert explains, “I’m is trying to create a complex, visual listening experience, like a short movie or a trip, in which the music itself changes intensity, emotions and comes in waves, there is a playful side that works with a nostalgic side.”
Heavily influenced by film scores, In Solastalgia, EitherWay will likely continue further down this path, becoming more and more complex, with bigger arrangements and more instrumentation, when Hébert attends film school.
Stating that he is a rather shy person, it took him some time to get In Solastalgia, EitherWay off the ground. About a year ago, he started showing his music and received enough positive feedback that it encouraged him to go ahead with this project. He also became fascinated by the idea of Solastalgia and the effect that environmental change has on our collective mental health.
In Solastalgia, EitherWay is recommended for fans of Opeth, GodSpeed! You Black Emperor, Russian Circles and Mogwai.
“Morii” will be available as of October 8th via Insolastalgiaeitherway.bandcamp.com.
1. Good People, Bad Medecin. (4:25)
2. Opia (6:40)
3. Morii (4:45)
4. The Warlike Fox (2:59)
5. Zenozyne (5:39)
6. La Solastalgie (4:36)
EP Length: 29:07
EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Jean Philippe Hébert and Max Gosselin on Drums
• All songs written by: Jean Philippe Hébert
• Produced by: Jean Philippe Hébert
• Mixed by: Ryan Battistuzzi
• Mastered by: Ryan Battistuzzi
• EP Artwork by: Jean Philippe Hébert and photo by Élise Charbonneau
EP Recording Band Line Up:
Jean Philippe Hébert on guitars, keys and Max Gosselin on Drums
Live Band Line Up:
Jean Philippe Hébert – Guitars
Balloo – Bass
Vithou – Keys
Gabriel – Guitars
Maxu – Drums
Jean Philippe Hébert is an academically trained guitarist. Originally from Québec City, JP was educated at Notre-Dame-De-Foy campus, a private college in the outskirts of Quebec capital. He grew up surrounded by nature with one brother and two parents in the medical field.
As a young boy, JP would admire a guitar that had been hung on the wall of his house for ages, until he found the courage to ask for the instrument and some lessons. As a teenager, JP played a lot, concentrating his efforts towards a heavy style of music, until he started college and began studying classical and jazz. He is also a multi-instrumentalist; playing not only guitar but piano, drums and bass as well as banjo, mandolin and other specialized guitars.
His musical abilities landed him many gigs with prominent local Quebec City acts like Elliot Maginot, Lisa Leblanc and Les Soeurs Boulay to name a few. For over a decade now he has been lead guitarist on many of these projects both in-studio and live settings.
He is currently working on a solo project “In Solastalgia EitherWay”, which is the fruit of many years of work; it was built around the philosopher Glenn Albrecht idea that describes a form of emotional or existential distress caused by environmental change. This project combines JP’s love for nature and music. His influences vary from Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Goat and to heavier things like Opeth. You can hear all these worlds colliding in his music, somehow perfectly placed in chaos.
The goal is to have a 6 song EP entitled “MORII” recorded by 2021 that will then be followed by a series of concerts. The concerts themselves will be worked on as moving portraits, as he will work closely on visuals with videographers. This project is both musical and visual.