L’anarchiste: New Sounds From … Utah

Quick–name your favorite band from Utah.

That’s a not-so-original way of saying that The Beehive State isn’t exactly like Seattle, or LA when it comes to producing well-known musicians. Not yet.

L’anarchiste is looking to change that, and quickly. The name translates to “the anarchist” — not because this band is a collection of wing nuts with a shed stocked with gas masks and RPGs — but because founder and songwriter Rob LeCheminant feels his music has no specific place.

“I really hate to admit it, but I’m one of those snobs that has every song in iTunes listed as ‘music’ for the genre,” said LeCheminant, in a very good interview with Choose My Music. “I guess I’ll let the listeners decide what they think it is.”

When it comes down to it, LeCheminant is a tinkerer, and one of those people who finds inspiration faster than he can translate it into music. But music is being made.

While we have a strong distaste for comparisons (and it seems entirely anti-L’anarchiste), it feels a bit necessary here. We’ll be quick about it: Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird (minus the whistling), and Bon Iver all apply here.

So far, L’anarchiste has released just their first EP (recorded in LeCheminant’s basement, naturally) but new songs are already being written and recorded. We can’t wait for more. This is a very new band, and few such fledgling groups accomplish such depth and complexity so quickly.

Below, you’ll get a taste with “Stony.” You can hear the rest of the EP on bandcamp.