Celogen takes you on a wild ride with his new single The Red Lips Called Snowfinch — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Laced with delicately placed melodies shrouded in layers of lush electronica and edgy art-rock, Calgary experimentalist Dominic Demierre’s latest unique listening experience comes from his just-released album Wastebasin Lake — a boldly adventurous fusion of sounds, styles and settings.
A tale of two young lovers out for a drive at night, The Red Lips Called Snowfinch is a sonic adventure through limbo. One falls asleep at the wheel and when he awakens, his lover Snowfinch has transformed into a silkworm. “In shock, he drives his car into Wastebasin Lake, and the album goes on from there,” Demierre explains. “I wanted to explore the ability of an album to tell a story beyond a simple emotional arc. This album represented a change for me… The words are deeply personal.”
Through hauntingly familiar melodies inspired by pop and driven by chaos, Celogen’s uncompromisingly unconventional approach continues throughout the 11-track release.
“This is a strange album,” he nods. “It has many recurring motifs and a reality-bending story… Despite my longing for experimentation, I never intended to be numbingly avant-garde. At its core, Celogen is — and will always be — a reaching to touch others via the magic of pop songwriting. After all, no matter one’s wanderlust, the gift of human connection remains paramount.”
Demierre’s musical journey began with post-punk and emo bands during university. As time went on, however, he found himself boxed in and eager to break out — to seek out something unique that he could call his own. So he created the boundary-stretching solo project Celogen. Three EPs and three albums have been released under the moniker since 2018. These include 2020’s Celogen Was Built by Ghosts, for Ghosts, 2019’s Goodnight Childsprite, and 2018’s Stonehome, Tameplane, and Doveflood.
Check out The Red Lips Called Snowfinch above, listen to Wastebasin Lake below, and follow Celogen on Facebook.