Born out of hazy nocturnal walks around London during the Winter of 2015, L’Eclair initially took form as a duo, consisting of Sébastien Bui and Stefan Lilov. The pair did work on the concept of the band for months before coming back to Geneva, their place, where everything related to music is waiting to explode. The groove was their aim, but they needed a bigger band. That’s why, long times friends and brother, Elie Ghersinu and Yavor Lilov joined the band, respectively on Bass and Drums. And not so long after, Quentin Pilet on the crunchy bongos and Alain Sandri on the melotron/cowbell finished the line-up.
L’Eclair was then ready to make people dance. After playing crazy shows with White Fence, The Mauskovic Dance Band, Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek and in mostly any club around, the band released their first effort on RockThisTown records on August 2016. Called “Cruise Control”, and recorded in one day with the great Vincent Hänggi, the album received some supports from all local radios and venues around Switzerland that led to more and more shows. “Cruise Control” introduced the “Swiss Groove” and his crunchiness and high-tempo jams did catch the ear of producer and renown live engineer Jasper Geluk (Allah Las, Jacco Gardner…) who at the time, had produced several 7” inches for the local Geneva label “Bongo Joe”.
Suddenly, it felt that everything’s was made for this collaboration to happen, it just needed to happen. And, after a long year working on new songs and spreading the “Swiss Groove” wherever they could. The Band took their guitars and old shitty synths to Haarlem, where Jasper was waiting for them in his Tone Boutique studio, where the young groovers were confronted to extremely beautiful vintages machines and keyboards that set the spirit high for the rest of the session. Polymood was then born, recorded and mixed in 5 days only on an 8 track analog recorder. l’Eclair expended even more their quest of the 70s, mixing all influences going from Afro-Disco, Kosmische Jazz and early House, and went back home with the perfect soundtrack against a modern society where time isn’t an option, nor even a possibility, and where humans and machines aren’t that dissociated anymore. L’Eclair wants to take you on a trip through different phases of your life and by chance, make you dance and cry at the same time.