Raoul Sinier

Paris, France

Jail Without Bars


Behind the Music

A movie or book has the ability to tell a story and a point of view that may change your mind or reveal a new perspective. Music and art, on the other hand, is about pleasure and feeling, which is why this music project works so well together. 

As such, the minute I began reading The Outlaw Ocean, I was hit with an idea of what I wanted to convey in my songs. I tend to gravitate towards exploring ideas of self-alienation and people that might rebel against their personal freedom without realizing it in my music. So when I read “Jail Without Bars,” I immediately began to envision the tracks I would create to encompass the relationship between humans and the ocean. I began with a more aggressive song, something that felt a bit intense for the listener and had lots of movement. The calmness of the second track complimented this intensity.

Raoul Sinier
About Raoul Sinier

Raoul Sinier is without doubt a unique artist. He juggles music, illustration and animation with a freewheeling talent. The race of fantastic creatures that escape from Raoul Sinier’s imagination seem to be characterised by the same wavering reason found in human beings. The artist breathes absurd and derisory life into whale-men, animals, robots and other creatures in a dark and twisted world.

His music captures emotions and nails them down somewhere, on a familiar door. This kidnapping curiously liberates the listener and enables their penetration into the very sophisticated musical universe of the musician. The power of the inspiring alchemy is ever increasing with its captivating melodies and ultraviolent rhythms.

The videos he conceives and directs invent a wild form of multiplexing into which atypical images and music which follow an improbable script are plunged. But beyond the fury of monsters and the screaming music is the exacerbated sensitivity of a demanding individual, totally refractory to the world of intellectual arts.

For several years now the artistic activity of Raoul Sinier has been gently spreading its way across the borders of Europe. Raoul Sinier remixed, was remixed and worked with dDamage, Venetian Snares, µ-Ziq, Datach’i, Lynx and Ram, Mad EP, Wisp, Hecq, La Caution, Vast Aire.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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