Jesse Osborne-Lanthier

Active since 2007, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier is a Montréal-based multidisciplinary artist, composer, designer, curator, producer and musician. His interest lies in using his work to create both a living ecosystem of abstract memories and outward-looking, physically-reactive music to mezmerize, appall, and delight his audiences in equal measure. His last several releases have found homes on Halcyon Veil, raster-noton, Where To Now?, United Standard, Cosmo Rhythmatic and Haunter Records.

Musically, Osborne-Lanthier looks to the material composition and hybrid techniques of a wide gamut of genres spanning from pop to experimental music, to create something that is readily unique and oddly accessible in its singularity. Above all, Osborne-Lanthier maintains a taste for intensity as a tool for immersive engagement. His music is tactile and elastic, morphing rapidly from uncanny-valley sound design to vast, sweeping expanses of profound choral synths and circling back to more classically inclined instrumental rhythms. His work provides stark contrasts at every turn; sometimes heavily structured or freely fluid; symphonic or dissonant; minimal or intricate.

Osborne-Lanthier’s hybridized musical languages gesture at both something plainly known and deeply unknowable; the new, the old, the imaginary, and the unimaginable jostling side-by-side for equal attention in the ears of his audience. His work operates as a catalogue of his various moods, passions, beliefs, and interests; a constantly updating self-referential corpus. As his design practice grows in both scope and confidence, so too does the visual identity that accompanies his music.

In addition to his solo work, Osborne-Lanthier is a prolific collaborator; most notably under the alias Femminielli Noir (with Bernadino Femminielli and later Asaël Robitaille), and other projects with Grischa Lichtenberger, Marie Davidson, Asaël Robitaille and Pierre Guerineau (Orchestroll), Anna Arrobas and Daniele Guerrini (AKA Heith). As a designer and engineer he’s provided artwork, design, and mixing & mastering services to hundreds of artists and labels — including scene staples like NON Records, Essaie Pas, Halcyon Veil, Where To Now?, genome 6.66 mbp, Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche, Unseelie, Absurd Trax, NAFF, DFA Records, Alex Zhang Hungtai, MSYLMA, rkss, Dasychira, Maurizio Bianchi, Himera and countless more. He is the co-founder of Éditions Appærent, a multifaceted publishing house, collective and record label, launched alongside Pierre Guerineau (AKA Feu St-Antoine and 1/2 of Essaie Pas) and Will Ballantyne (AKA City and a member of Vancouver’s s.M.i.L.e. collective).

He has toured extensively in America, Asia, and Europe, performing at festivals such as Mutek, Elektra, Norberg, Sonar, Rewire, Lunchmeat, CTM, Synthposium Armenia, Suoni Per Il Popolo and FASMA. His audio and visual works have also been featured in museums, galleries, and venues such as the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, The Nottingham Contemporary Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Compufunk, Berghain, NK, WWWß Tokyo, La Petite Mort, Club Stomp Osaka, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival CZ, São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, NK Berlin, and EMS Studio Stockholm.

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