A.S.’s second album, Exile, was released by Inedible Records on March 4th 2013. The album was recorded over four months starting in summer 2011 at RedBox Studios in Paris, and mixed by multi-grammy award winning Darrell Thorp at Studio 101 in Los Angeles. The album is a fitting sequel to Intimate Circles, the band's first opus, but with stronger rhythms and darker, more melancholy texts, as well as greater daring and originality in the complex, eclectic arrangements. The band have just begun recording their 3rd album "Reasonable Doubts".
Formed in 2008, the Paris based duo consists of vocalist Nick McRoberts (voice, piano) and Idriss Halfaoui (guitars). For Exile they are joined by Raphaël Mercier (drums) of Mass Hysteria and the haunting vocals of Juwenn of Relay (additional vocals on Exile).
Intimate Circles (2009 - Inedible Records) marked their studio debut and included sombre and complex titles such as "Maybe", "Other Days" and "Intimate Circles" as well as the anthemic "Youth". Intimate Circles was praised as "without a doubt the debut album that many groups would have liked to record" (Zicazic) and "...while Radiohead meditate and Coldplay rewrite their testament, A.S. moves beyond. They transcend genres, reconcile them..." (Raje Magazine)
Since 2008, A.S. have toured extensively in France and the UK and will be undetaking showcase dates in Australia and the UK to coincide with the launch of Exile at the end of the year.
The album artwork for Exile was born of the collaboration with French photographer P. Gaston and was shot entirely on location in West Scotland. The album was mastered at legendary Metropolis Studios in London by John Davis (U2, Snow Patrol, Velvet Underground).
"This is definitely a different album to Intimate Circles", says Nick. "We were able to spend months and months getting things just the way we wanted."