Brand-new, sunny synth-trumentals inspired by filmic history.
People On Sunday is an original soundtrack to the 1930 silent film variously known as Menschen am Sonntag, Les Hommes le Dimanche and People On Sunday. The film is a key work of interwar German cinema, based on a screenplay by Billy Wilder.
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Like Domenique Dumont’s earlier albums, Comme Ça and Miniatures De Auto Rhythm, People On Sunday evokes a more innocent, carefree time conjured by wistful electronics full of warmth and melody. Touching on the hazy exotica that made those two records so alluring, here Dumont draws on his love of classical music, library music and early electronic experimentation to create a timeless, optimistic sound. If his past productions possessed a certain Mediterranean quality, across these 13 new pieces Dumont’s shimmering synth-pop has an enchanting simplicity.
Part documentary, part fiction, the film People On Sunday follows a group of characters going about their business in Weimar-era Berlin over one weekend and shows normal life in Germany before dictatorship.
“The film shows people and their surroundings shortly before all of it was destroyed,” says Dumont. “Ironically, watching this movie with the eyes of today, it looks more surreal than documentary. And I can’t help but think and reflect about the times we are living in now. We might have similar desires people had a hundred years ago, but we now have a completely different approach to life.”
People On Sunday is the third album by Domenique Dumont. Freshly signed to The Leaf Label, having previously released two albums on Parisian electronic/dance label Antinote. It follows on from the cult success of synth-pop exotica albums 'Comme Ça' (2015) and 'Miniatures de Auto Rhythm' (2018).
The album was originally conceived as a soundtrack to the classic 1930 German silent film known variously as 'Menschen am Sonntag', 'Les Hommes le Dimanche' and 'People on Sunday'. It was performed at Les Arcs Film Festival, with plans for further film festival concerts when regulations allow.
As seen in; Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, FACT Magazine, Gorilla vs Bear, KEXP, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Mary Anne Hobbs and NTS Radio’s Charlie Bones, among others.
Dumont recently remixed Domino’s Jaakko Eino Kalevi, and has also reworked tracks by Cola Boyy and Mark Barrott.
“Unquestionably lovely music.” - Pitchfork.
"Domenique Dumont’s 'Comme Ça' makes for the exact type of album that you’ll keep getting back out for your own pleasure and share around like a little persona treasure that only the most deserving should know about.” - Inverted Audio.
“Using a mix of vintage analogue machines and burbling synths, Domenique draws upon a rich Parisian heritage of African dance music, Caribbean dub and achingly cute Gallic pop in 'Comme Ça', blending effete, deliquescent vocals with Upsetters-style dub magick and the sort of drum patterns you might hear in a Francis Bebey record.” - Boomkat.
2010-2019: Albums of the Decade ('Comme Ça') - Resident Advisor.
“The score has a beautifully whimsical and shimmery underwater vibe.” - Gorilla vs Bear.
“The combination of lively rhythms and languid textures was nothing short of genius on record.” - The Vinyl Factory.
II Gone For A Wander
III Sunshine in 1929
IV Water Theme (Le Château de Corail)
V We Almost Got Lost
VI Falling Asleep Under Pine Trees
VII People On Sunday
IX Running Down The Hill
XI Watching Boats Pass By
XII Back To Everyday Life
XIII Everyday Life
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