Rone ft. The National's Bryce Dessner, 'Elle': Exclusive Song Premiere

Timothy Saccenti


Rone, a.k.a. Paris-based producer Erwan Castex, specializes in a subtly beat-driven, minimal ambience that sounds like it was meant for the liminal parts of the day between waking and sleeping (or when one is supposed to be sleeping but might be, say, coming down from a more actively electronic show). "Elle" comes off his forthcoming LP, Creatures, due Feb. 9 via Infine Music

The track features The National's Bryce Dessner, who met Castex through a friend at a show in Brooklyn and then invited the producer to contribute to their 2013 masterwork Trouble Will Find Me. Throughout the dreamy track that clicks and squeaks like a ghostly, celestial dolphin, Dessner's contributions swim to the surface in burnished closing horns and gentle guitar licks. 

"Bryce and I wanted to work on a track together for a longtime," Castex tells Billboard. "It was not so easy, because I worked on the production of Creatures while Bryce was on tour with the National. We swapped idea and I shared with him the early versions of 'Elle.' He found the time to send me a lot of interesting Guitar parts. There is an alternative version of the track called 'Mortelle' with the vocal of Etienne Daho on the vinyl version album. I like them both."

Creatures is available for pre-order on the iTunes Store.