You're unlikely to have heard of Cabane, the new project from Belgian composer Thomas Jean Henri, but the artists he's brought in to work on the project read like a team of cult music superheroes. Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy and Kate Stables of This Is The Kit are on vocals, Sean O’Hagan of The High Llamas worked on the string arrangements, and Caroline Gabard and Sam Genders of Tunng worked together on the lyrics. The resulting debut LP, Grande Est La Maison — due out February 28 via Cabane Music — is as graceful and delicately arranged as that line-up would suggest.
The video for one of the record's first singles, "Take Me Home (Part 2)" is premiering above. It's comprised entirely of clips of the group's friends and family listening to the song, each reacting to it in different ways. "I worked on 'Take Me Home (Part 2)' when I was writing music at the sea side of Belgium," Henri wrote in an email to The FADER. It is the foundation of the entire album Grande Est La Maison. I first wrote the songs on guitar, then transposed the notes into a vocal part for Bost Gehio, an ensemble of five singers. These sections function as would a Greek choir. I also immediately heard Will Oldham’s voice singing on top of the choir. This song, like most of Cabane’s songs, is about the sea, rivers, and love. For the video, we wanted to shoot our loved ones listening to the song for the very first time to keep in memory of all the persons and family I love(d)."