New Orleans-based Quintron has taken an alternative approach to music production for the majority of his career. Known for using a number of instruments that he has built himself, Quintron achieves a unique sound that in turn allows for an awesome one-man live show. His onstage setup typically includes a hybrid keyboard, comprised of a Hammond organ and a Fender Rhodes, and a light-sensitive drum machine called the “Drum Buddy.” Quintron typically plays both instruments simultaneously along with a simple cymbal. With Quintron’s standard live setting in mind, it should be no surprise that the artist steered clear of the average studio session approach for his latest album, Sucre Du Sauvage.
The 14-track album was recorded between January 29 and May 2 in 2010 as an installation in the New Orleans Museum Of Art in a display titled “Parallel Universe.” The recordings were all done in the completely public space but with the objective of ignoring the audience members rather than entertaining them. However, there are moments on the album where participation through backing vocals or rhythmic accompaniment was requested of the on-looking museum-goers.
As always with Quintron’s music, the sound can be traced back to the New Orleans style that has influenced him as an artist. However, Sucre Du Sauvage goes far beyond these Creole musical elements. Quintron’s choice of instrumentation on the album incorporates timpani, vibraphone, tape loops and even samples from field recordings taken around New Orleans City Park done in the last week of the “Parallel Universe” installation. Joining Quintron throughout the production of the album is his wife Miss Pussycat who sings while adding simple percussion.
As the album plays out, the music moves from organ-driven pop tunes like “Banana Beat” to more abstract atmospheres that focus on the experimental field recordings and tape loops. Consequently Sucre Du Sauvage portrays the contrast between the two sides of Quintron’s musical identity but ultimately unites joyful songwriting with his darker mad scientist persona.