Five Questions With…drone à clochettes

Band: drone à clochettes
Country of Origin: France
Photograph by François Bousquet

drone à clochettes is the Paris-based recording duo of Thomas Robyn (Oldine) and Elisa Krywonis, who create hypnotic improvisations that manifest themselves somewhere between the avant-garde guitar explorations of Glenn Branca and the ambient psychedelic folk experimentation of the Six Organs of Admittance family tree. Their newest album is either self-titled, untitled, or titled “-” depending on how you look at it — either way, these four haunting tracks are well worth the listen, especially this winter season.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without)

Nico – Desertshore

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

We met in Montreal at a concert of Oldine and Tamagawa in 2009.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Rich and diverse.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

American literature (William Faulkner), witchcraft and nature.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

When we played in Saint-Etienne in the middle of France. People were receptive and friendly.


Paul experienced a spiritual awakening in high school when he accidentally tuned his radio from the modern rock station to the local college station. He spent time as both a DJ and Music Director for Elon University's WSOE FM, where he also first met sonic soulmate Ryan Sweeney. Paul's favorite genre is "fast, raw, and loud."