Experimental rock trio BIG|BRAVE were founded in Montreal in the late 2010s. Robin Wattie (guitar, vocals), Louis-Alexandre Beauregard (drums), and Mathieu Bernard Ball (guitar) began playing minimal folk music together before steadily evolving toward a heavier sound over subsequent recordings.
BIG|BRAVE self-released their debut five-track EP, An Understanding Between People, in 2013, and their debut long-player, Feral Verdure, appeared in 2014 on Build a Fort. For their sophomore effort, the trio signed to Los Angeles experimental metal label Southern Lord. Released in 2015, Au de La incorporated elements of drone, a style they shared with labelmates Sunn O))), but also merged post-rock details into the resulting work. Canada's rich experimental rock tradition was felt on that record and its follow-up, 2017's Ardor which, like its predecessor, featured artists from post-rock label Constellation. The album comprised three tracks that each ran over 11 minutes, and included guest spots from Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra's Jessica Moss on violin and Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Thierry Amar on contrabass. ~ Bekki Bemrose, Rovi