[ALBUM] Fauve – Vieux Frères Partie 1

Cela faisait un bon moment que je n’avais pas écrit une chronique en français sur mon blog. Mais voilà une belle occasion : le premier album de Fauve.

J’ai découvert Fauve complètement par hasard, il y a quelques semaines seulement. Je me suis alors rendu compte que le collectif alimentait la toile depuis un bon moment avec de petites pépites, comme « Blizzard » :

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Marrant également de découvrir que le groupe (ils préfèrent le mot collectif »… hum… whatever…) ne laissait pas indifférent. Plutôt une excellente nouvelle pour un groupe français. En revanche, les échanges entre fans inconditionnels sur le mode « c’est trop novateur, Fauve ! » et détracteurs qui n’aiment rien dans Fauve (les textes, le non-chant,  le côté bourgeois,…) n’ont absolument aucun intérêt tant ils sont stéréotypés. Une seule question vaut la peine d’être posée : est-ce que la musique de Fauve est bonne ? Et une seule réponse : oui. C’est la conclusion à laquelle je suis arrivé après avoir écouté leur “Blizzard EP” en boucle pendant quelques semaines. Aussi, je guettais la sortie de leur premier album. Et je dois avouer qu’il est assez réussi globalement. J’y ai retrouvé les ingrédients que j’aimais dans leur EP.

Pour commencer, tâchons d’oublier le décorum. Fauve seraient des nantis parisiens en mal de sensations. Et alors ? Les Strokes étaient des nantis new-yorkais désœuvrés dignes des meilleurs Bret Easton Ellis, cela les a-t-il empêché de faire d’excellents albums ?

Ce qui frappe en premier chez Fauve c’est cette voix, ces textes. A fleur de peau. Surjoué ? Un peu, certainement. Mais peut-être pas.

« Voyous » : l’album commence fort. Musicalement, le titre est construit comme la majorité des morceaux de l’album : un gimmick musical efficace (ici du violon), basses et batteries qui soulignent la mélodie et font hocher la tête et une guitare qui ajoute une seconde mélodie qui a tendance à prendre le dessus. Plus surprenant, on trouve deux voix sur ce titre et Fauve fricote avec le hip-hop pendant quelques minutes.

« Requin-tigre » commence avec un sample, basse et guitares virevoltantes (ah…the XX a fait des émules) accompagnent la confidence de cet homme à fleur de peau. Puis, à 1:13, ce sont des claviers qui reprennent la mélodie à leur compte. Guitares, clavier et samples se relaient alors, les uns après les autres dans un tourbillon très réussi.

Sur « Jeunesse Talking Blues », c’est un mignon gimmick (volontairement ?) maladroit à la guitare qui fera la mélodie. Les paroles jouent autour du mot « blues ». C’est un peu le morceau « figure imposée » de l’album. Et du coup, c’est moins spontané.

« Rag #3 » et « Rag #4 » se répondent. Le #3 est juste sympathique, le #4 est contemplatif. Cinq accords de piano, des arpèges à la guitare. Et ça marche « Pourtant, c’est pas grand-chose ».

« Infirmière » est une excellente piste. Au départ, j’étais troublé car l’instrumental est quasiment le même que celui de « Non Stop » sur « Toux De Chenil  . Mais c’est également une piste sur laquelle « Fauve » ose musicalement briser les règles qu’ils ont eux-mêmes établies. Le refrain est fredonné puis carrément chanté ! Et « Fauve » parle de ce dont ils parlent le mieux : les amours déçus, la confiance effrontée en l’amour néanmoins.

« De ceux » est un des meilleurs morceaux de l’album. Ambiance electro lancinante « qui se délave de jour en jour ».pour commencer. Puis ligne de basse imparable, puis guitare bondissante « . Puis guitares électriques, « des chiens enragés », « des acharnés ». Puis deuxième couche de guitare. « Des ahuris, des ébahis ». Puis troisième pour illustrer ceux « qui dessereront jamais les machoires sauf pour sortir les crocs ». La piste s’achève avec des samples digne de « Le message à caractère informatif » sur Canal+ dans les années 90.

« Tunnel » est une piste instrumentale pour commencer. Puis, une voix féminine égrène des paroles. Et c’est à la lumière de ce titre qu’on mesure le charisme du chanteur de « Fauve » qui sur les mêmes paroles aurait certainement réussi à nous faire accélerer les palpitations cardiques.

« Vieux frères », chanson-titre au piano lancinant  Texte en demie-teinte. Guitares qui prennent le lead à mi-parcours. Sample iconoclaste sur la fin.

Sur « Lettre à Zoé » et « Loterie », on a l’impression de connaître toutes les ficelles. Et, du coup, la magie n’opère plus. Et puis, je préfère « Fauve » vindicatif et qui regarde le futur que « Fauve » qui se retourne sur son passé.

Finalement ce qui déçoit dans cet album c’est la trop grande uniformité dans la construction des pistes. Le son de « Fauve » est intéressant, leur textes sont souvent très réussis.

Une tournée est en cours. J’y serai à Toulouse.

Il est probable que « Fauve » jouent avec leurs morceaux en live, les étirent, les écornent, les transcendent. Et qui sait ? Que tout ça nous amène un « Vieux frère – Partie 2 » plus complexe ?

PS : Et si « Fauve » était la porte d’entrée d’une génération entière vers les encore plus brillants « Diabologum », « Programme » et autre « Non Stop » ?

[SINGLES] Top Tracks of 2013 by Stève

End of December: time to issue the list of my favorite 2013 tracks.

You can listen to it on GrooveShark, click on the logo below:

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I must admit that, this year, three albums have been major contributors to my Top10:
- Kanye West – Yeezus
- Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
- Foals – Holy Fire
Hip-hop, electro, rock and much more. Let’s start with this TOP20 of 2013:

1) Kanye West – Blood on the leaves

Kanye West aka Yeezy is thinking himself as the new Jesus. Nothing less! After all, he’s always been a megalomaniac. Thus its last album name: Yeezus. “Blood on the leaves” is its best track. It starts with a very calm sample by Nina Simone from “Strange Fruit”. Then Kanye arrives, vocoded. Then horns! Horns that would have met Prodigy. Put your seatbelt on! The track ends just as it started, calmly.

2) Daft Punk – Contact

Years after their last studio album, six after their amazing “Alive”, Daft Punk issue “Random Access Memories”. « Contact » is the best track on it, from my point of view. I learnt that this track is the only one on this album based on a sample (“We ride tonight” by “the Sherbs” back in 1982). Amazing song. After a freaking NASA sample, it’s a non-stop roller-coaster. Alive! Definitely! Smashing hit! On this track, we can easily spot that a there’s a real drummer and it makes a real difference.

3) Foals – My number

Certainly one of the most dancing rock songs of the year! Makes you feel like dancing in a club in Bristol, UK. Very efficient guitar riff! Heavy sound! Excellent single and even better live! I’ve been lucky enough to see Foals twice live this year (Lyon & Toulouse). What an amazing energy on stage! Please sing / shout along with me:

« You don’t have my number! We don’t need each other now! »

4) Nine Inch Nails – All Time Low

On “Hesitation Marks”, Nine Inch Nails neither returns to old roots (something that would have sound like “Head Like A Hole”, for example) nor definitively turns to pop as his last score productions could have let us imagine. Somewhere in between: Nine Inch Nails sound is still often abrasive, yet their arrangements are more subtle, in a “less power / more intensity” manner. On “All Time Low”, the very catchy guitar riff just melts with subtle industrial arrangements. And Trent’s voice goes through all possibilities:

« Hey! / Everything is not OK! / We’ve lost too much along the way! »

5) Daft Punk – Doin’ it right (feat. Panda Bear)

This song is just a perfect pop jewel: heady chorus and throbbing verse. Panda Bear from « Animal Collective » is leading the whole track with – vocoded of course – vocals. This track will just stick around your head for hours, days,…more?

Doing it right, everybody will be dancing and will feeling it right / Everybody will be dancing and be doing it right/ Everybody will be dancing and you’re feeling all right / Everybody will be dancing tonight

If you do it right, letting go all night / Shadows on you break out into the light

If you lose your way tonight / That’s how you know the magic’s right

6) Kanye West – New Slaves

« New Slaves » is the second single I like very much from Kanye West last album. Gloomy production as on many tracks of « Yeezus ». As a multi-facets talented producer, Kanye plays around with a very efficient gimmick. Do not miss this charming chorus:

« You see there’s leaders and there’s followers – But I’d rather be a dick than a swallower »

At the end of the track, you’ll even enjoy a bit of soul music.

7) Bloc Party – Ratchet

Everything I like about Bloc Party is in « Ratchet » : efficient bass / drums duo, more than bumpy guitars and Kele’s unique voice. On top of that, the single come with an interesting video: strange collage where last minute is almost freaking.

8) Foals – Prelude

First time I heard « Prelude », my eyes just lit up! This almost instrumental song contains so many interesting leads, I was just imagining how wonderful it would be as an opening song, on stage. And indeed, it’s become Foals intro live song and one of my favorite songs of the year.

9) Danny Brown – 25 Bucks (feat. Purity Ring)

Interesting how this song is a very talented mix between a high standard hip-hop and a pure pop dance jewel. Danny Brown’s flow is just cutting edge, Purity Ring chorus makes you want to gently nod your head, chimes are so perfectly off-rhythm that they sound like a extasy version of “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre. Addictive song, for sure.

10) Darkside – Freak, Go Home

First time I ever heard of Nicolas Jaar was when I listen to Foals’ mix for !K7. I was just amazed by such an interesting mix of deep bass, voice cuts and acoustic guitars. On this track the communion between fine groovy guitar playing and complex assembly of ambient sounds, bass and drums is just perfect!

11) Fuck Buttons – Stalker

Take heavy drums, acid sounds, droning gimmicks, add some sun, some rain, some lightheartedness, some dark feelings. Add some layers (often), remove some (from time to time). Overall, it’s mostly cloudy (these guys are from UK, don’t forget it). Shake it, don’t stir, serve it. Should I choose one track the whole album, that would definitely be “Stalker”: great droning bass / subtle drums arrangement, ever growing sound. When the song ends, you just forgot where it started from. So clever, so rough and yet so obvious, so sweet: this is the main feeling you’ll have when listening to the album. Just like when you discovered “Aphex Twin” at first.

12) Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Since Arcade Fire is changing their style on every album, I was awaiting this new album with a mix of anxiety and excitement. And while I did not get into their Reflektor video and all the associated decorum, the song has been accompanying me a lot when walking in the city. It contains so many interesting features: bouncy bass, piano melodies, Arcade Fire’s english / french double voices.

13) These New Puritans – Organ Eternal

« Organ Eternal » is just the perfect name for this song : I’ve been listening to it for 2 days, completely hypnotised by its endless keyboard gimmick (last time it happened to me was on « Endtroducing » by DJ Shadow). An amazing track where the band plays around the theme: some guitar slides here, some voices there, some cymbals here, some bass there. And on top : this heady keyboard!
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14) Boards Of Canada – Reach For The Dead

This is, to me, the best song « Boards Of Canada » last album. Let yourself melt into these electronica layers. Ideal song for a train ride. This is such a perfect arrangement of droning sounds, outerspace keyboards and complex drums.

15) Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)

What more to say on « Get Lucky »? Already too famous guitar riff? Stupid but addictive lyrics? Nothing. Just the song.

16) The National – Heavenfaced

« Trouble will find me » is The National’ latest album and their best to date !
With Heavenfaced, they simply touch grace. It starts with a piano out of Icelandic Eyjafjöll. The singing is just perfect, guitars just follow the melody prior to leading it. After that, strings are the cherry on the cake.

17) Justin Timberlake – Don’t hold the wall

Interestingly enough, Justin Timberlake has chosen to continue working with Timbaland for his new album while, I guess, many of the current best producers must have offer their services. One recognizes Timbaland’s very recognizable voice early in the track « Dance! Don’t Hold The Wall! ». Production is amazing on this track: There are so many ideas on this track that some producers would have done a complete album with this material.

18) Casseurs Flowters – 19h26 – La mort du disque

« Casseurs Flowters » is the group formed by Orelsan and Gringe. French hip-hop. Pretty bad, right? No, not this time. Excellent electronica instrumentals, excellent production and some already classic lyrics such as:

« Ton album, je le télécharge illégalement et je fais sauter mon disque dur »

The album goes through a whole day with the two rappers trying to put together a hit single.

19) Mogwai – Hungry Face

This track is the title track from Canal+ TV-series « The Returned », one of the best series of 2012. Mogwai melancholic style just blends easily with the series atmosphere.

20) Joseph Arthur – Saint Of Impossible Causes
Typical Joseph Arthur guitar riff in four chords to start with. This song just penetrates your brain so easily that in a two-minutes timeframe, you’ve got the impression you’ve always known it. Piano arrangements are just the cherry on the cake.

[LIVE] ATP Festival – End Of An Era Part2

Last week-end (from Friday 29th of november to Sunday 1st of December included), I have been to the ATP Festival in Camber. “End Of An Era Part2” was its name. Because it was the last time ATP was organizing a festival in Pontins’ site in Camber, Sussex.

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Reading – Paddington by train. Broken bottle. Laughs. Smells like ale spirit. Paddington – King’s Cross by underground. King’s Cross – Saint Pancras by walking. Saint-Pancras – Ashford International by train. Ashford International – Rye by train. Rye – Camber by bus. Here we are.

Chalet of 5. Let’s go and hear some music.

While we walk through it, Pontins’ site looks like a children summer camp to me, children being replaced by a weird mix of hipsters, rockers, curious, smiling people (delete as appropriate).

Highlights of the week-end, in no particular order:

- Having a Buddha Bowl on Saturday

- Running on the beach like a child

- Dancing on the beach like a child

- Eating custard cream biscuits

- « Canaille Sitire? »

- « C’est toujours bien les groupes avec Wolf dans leur nom! »

- Discussing about war cannons, vaginas,…

- Comparing feet in the morning, sitting on my bed

- Les Colettes: Three girls from France. Lots of charm I must admit. Very interesting musical trio: their songs were a nice combination of sweet voices together with sharp guitars, violin and subtle drumming. I hope their album is as good as their live performance.

- Slint: While Nirvana was hitting the charts with “Nevermind” in 1991, Slint were issuing “Spiderland” that was, in a way, the primary inspiration for many so-called post-rock bands. A few years ago the band re-united to play live their old tracks. And they still sound very sharp after all those years. Excellent concert: best concert of the week-end indeed. “Good Morning Captain” is definitely becoming again my alarm clock tune soon.

- Shellac: Second time I was seeing them in a week (Tuesday in Bristol’s “The Fleece”, Friday at ATP) and two great experiences. The immediate proximity of the Fleece small venue had been replaced by the friendly slamming at ATP. Unique style on stage. Raw sound. I have been wrong to overlook their albums for so long. “Prayer To God” is on my “must-hear-very-soon” list.

- Mogwai: last band on Sunday evening. I was waiting for “2 Rights Make 1 Wrong”, it did not happen. I’ve found their show very good: it’s been a varied mix of all periods (including good old songs from “Young Team” and new tracks from their forthcoming record, out in January 2014).

- Fuck Buttons: 2 guys on stage, interesting VJing. Tracks are completely melt into each other into a giant one-track set. Not as powerful as I would have expected though.

- The KVB: Never heard of them prior to the show. Excellent surprise. Heavy synths and bass, clever drums and layers of delayed and ethereal fender guitars. Definitely have to listen to their LP…

- Michael Rother: Good melodies. Very pop, in a good sense: direct, so obvious even the first time you hear it. Guitars sounding like keyboards…I would not have put a bet on this but that was great!

- Ty Segall: Four guys gently seated in front of the crowd, on stage 2. Too folk to me on some occasions. But there is much more than folk in these guys. There’s rock as well. How do they sound in studio? To be checked.

- Girls Against Boys: Lots of testosterone in this show. Very powerful and sincere as well. Complex drums and bass arrangements thanks to two basses on many of the tracks. Excellent guitar riffs on top. That’s exactly what I call a great concert! And they do have a nacelle on their last EP’s cover.

Many great moments. Many great concerts. Many albums to listen to. Many discoveries to come.

Thanks ATP. Thanks Nic & Emeline for the invitation.

[ALBUM] Joseph Arthur – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ

I am now following Joseph Arthur for more than 15 years.

It all started with his first album “Big City Secrets”: I bought it in Bordeaux in one of my teenage “CD-raid” at the Fnac. Since then I have listened to most of his music, bought a lot of his CDs, listened on the Internet to lots of live performances, seen him in Concert in Toulouse (Les marins d’eaux douces, in 2002, such a good souvenir!), happened to spend 3 weeks in Ohio (though did not visit Akron).

To be honest, I have almost always found that his studio footage were not as good as his live-all-alone-on-stage performances (please listen to the amazing “Toxic Angel” or “Big City Secret” from the live at the Gipsy Team Room in Los Angeles).

But these days are gone: this new opus “The Ballad of Boogie Christ” is, to me, the logical follow-up to his recent “Redemption City”.

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Here are my favorites from the album:

-       “Saint Of Impossible Causes”: typical Joseph Arthur guitar riff in four chords to start with. This song just penetrates your brain so easily that in a two-minutes timeframe, you’ve got the impression you’ve always known it. Piano arrangements are just the cherry on the cake.

-       “The Ballad Of Boogie Christ”: Light-hearted ballad where you’ll discover how tricky Jesus Christ can be. This time, guitar / voice melody is enhanced by nice keyboards and brass.

-       “I Used To Know How To Walk On Water”: This one sounds very close to the great “Crying Like A Man”. Joseph, please thank your piano player for me.

-       “Wait For Your Lights” is an excellent early-morning-walking-to-catch-the-bus song. Lots of positive energy.

-       “I Miss The Zoo” was already on “Redemption City”. Maybe because I discovered it at the same time as “A Zoo In Winter” by Tanigushi, I just imagine snow when I listen to it. Ideal for a 5 o’clock tea on an autumn Sunday

-       “King Of Cleveland” is one of the best songs on the album. It is so great that I would almost decide to go to Cleveland again. This time, there’s an excellent balance between the piano&bass-based Josephish verses and the richness of the chorus. But: Joseph, could you give some explanations on the lyrics, please?

Why is Joseph Arthur a great artist? Because he does not have a choice, he NEEDS to play music. Carry on.

[FLASHBACK] Nirvana – Best Rarities

« In Utero » has recently been reissued for its 20th anniversary together with the « Live & Loud » session Nirvana played at the time. In a few months (in april 2014), it will be the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Perfect timing to read « Heavier Than Heaven », the biography of Nirvana’s lead-singer by Charles R. Cross, right?

Perfect time as well to rediscover some of Nirvana’s best songs that have never been issued on one of their 3 studio albums (« Bleach », « Nevermind » and « In Utero »)!

Here’s my selection on GrooveShark:

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- « Talk To Me »: A song from the early hours of the band. This version is live. « Talk to me, in you own language please ! » Kurt screams. Bluesy guitars: do not forget that Kurt was a big fan of blues. Later on, he will cover « In the pines », a famous american folk song. He will tell it’s a LeadBelly cover and call it « Where Did You Sleep Last Night » for their « Unplugged in NY ».

- « Token Eastern Song » and « Even In His Youth » are as well early Nirvana songs. Their sound is still very linked with their metal influences at the time. You will recognize anyway Kurt’s typical guitar solos: nothing to do with guitar heroes, only highlighting the melody.

- « Sappy » (also called « Verse Chorus Verse » for some time) is a song on which Kurt has been working over years. At the time it was first created, it was indicating some more complexity in Kurt’s song-writing than what was found on « Bleach ». In my selection you will find first a slow initial version: on this one, Kurt has a low-tune voice and lays guitars. When played in the studio, it became a much faster song, it sounds more FM-formatted. It could have been a hit.

- « Molly’s Lips »: This song was issued on the « Incesticide » compilation. It is a cover of a track written by « The Vaselines », a group Kurt did enjoy a lot. It is just fascinating how you can build a great song around two guitar chords (yes, two only…all along) and following – plain – lyrics:

« She said / She’d take me anywhere / She’d take me anywhere / As long as she stays with me
She said / She’d take me anywhere / She’d take me anywhere / As long as I stayed clean
Kiss kiss Molly’s lips / Kiss kiss Molly’s lips »

Stayed clean…if only…

- « Marigold » (voice and guitar acoustic version and then demo): At the time of « In Utero » recording sessions, the relationship between Nirvana members were degradating due to Kurt’s addiction. Since Kurt did not show up at some sessions, Krist and Dave began to rehearse songs written by Dave that would soon become part of first « Foo Fighters » album. « Marigold » is one of Dave Grohl’s first attempt as a song-writer / singer. It was issued as a Nirvana B-side at the time of « In Utero ». It is a mellow , autumnal song.

- « D-7″ is an interesting song because it was written at the beginning of the 90s and it gives a hint on Nirvana’s musical evolution. The second part of the song is pure energy (the kind of energy you could feel in their concerts, I guess) while the first part almost already sounds like an « In Utero » song.

- « Opinion », though it sounds as if it was recorded in Kurt’s bathroom while he was playing it in the bathtub, this song is not less than a pure gem of Kurt’s song-writing abilities. It was played live on radio: four different chords to start with and Kurt’s angry voice makes the rest.

- « You Know You’re Right » is known as (one of) the last song Nirvana recorded before Kurt’s suicide. It definitely has a « In Utero » peaceful verse / powerful chorus style. It is so obvious: you get the impression you’ve always known it. This is the kind of songs that makes you regret that Kurt is gone everytime you listen to it.

Nirvana. Forever. For Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

[ALBUM] Darkside – Psychic

First time I ever heard of Nicolas Jaar was when I listen to Foals’ mix for !K7. I was just amazed by such an interesting mix of deep bass, voice cuts and acoustic guitars. But the mixtape was pretty long and I just forgot to check out Nicolas Jaar material…

We are now one and a half year later and Darkside’s album, “Psychic” is out.

For Darkside, Nicolas Jaar has teamed up with Dave Harrington, his partner in crime.

I must tell you: we are getting pretty lucky these days with electro! After Fuck Buttons’ “Slow Focus”, here’s another major electro album!

“Sitra” is just setting standards. Keyboards will be here throughout the album, sometimes close, sometimes far away. Drums will alternate light and heavy sound. Guitars will be definitely groovy. The singing will just reinsure you on your ability to be part of a great music album without any pre-requisite.

“Heart” is just the logical follow-up to “Sitra”. Guitar now plays a central role but the level of interconnexion with keyboard is pretty amazing.

On “Paper trails”, the guitar playing will catch your ear in less than 5 seconds. Drums and bass will do the rest.

The almost 8-minutes “The Only Shrine I’ve Seen” sounds like a movie soundtrack; a movie in which you would go from fear to complete abandonment in a few seconds.

“Freak, Go Home” is, to me, the best track of the album.

Please look at this live session at BBC Radio1:

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On this track the communion between fine groovy guitar playing and complex assembly of ambient sounds, bass and drums is just perfect!

“Greek light” is kind of a freaky track. Ideal soundtrack for a good Halloween.

“Metatron” will clearly remind you of the best arrangements of Air. You are on a moon, for a safari.

Definitely one of the best albums these days.

Some of you may think some parts could be considered easy-listening. Then just rethink about the last time you were in a lounge bar and you said to yourself “hey, that’s nice!” while hearing to music. Then you asked the guy at the bar what it was and you downloaded the compilation back at home. You’re now listening to it and it is just boring. Here it is just the contrary: it sounds nice and soft but it is indeed complex and sharp.

[ALBUM] Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin Love

J’étais tout simplement passé à côté lorsque cet album est sorti en 2011.

Le psychédélisme est de retour et j’avais raté ça !

Depuis « Tame Impala » est passé par là. « Melody’s Echo Chamber » aussi.

Il y a quelques semaines, j’apprends que Connan Mockasin et sa bande passent à Toulouse, au Connexion Live, petite scène toulousaine qui monte, qui monte. Ce que j’aime particulièrement dans cet endroit c’est qu’on y trouve des gens d’horizons différents : des (très) jeunes, des moins jeunes, des branchés, des coolos,… C’est certainement le résultat de leur programmation très variée. Et il se trouve que c’est là que j’ai vu « Melody’s Echo Chamber » il y a quelques mois.

Connan Mockasin, ce nom me dit quelque chose et je décide de télécharger leur dernier album afin de décider si j’irai les voir en live.

Et là, je vais de bonne en excellente surprise.

Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love

D’entrée « Megumi the Milkyway Above » donne le ton. L’album sera tout en douceur, la voix haut-perchée, les guitares éthérée mais lumineuses.

« It’s Choade My Dear » est exactement dans la même veine. En revanche, on est cette fois-ci au ralenti et la trompette sur la fin du morceau finira de vous emmener dans un univers cotonneux.

Sur « Faking Jazz Together », on trouve l’équilibre idéal de Connan Mockasin et de son groupe : une basse envoûtante et une guitare par volutes ! Et, comme par magie, c’est exactement cet équilibre qu’on retrouve sur scène.

« Quadropuss Land » est une sorte d’intermède, pas plus, pas moins.

« Forever Dolphin Love », morceau-titre de l’album en est également la meilleur piste. Sur un peu plus de dix minutes, le morceau se construit : complexe, inssaisissable au début, il mue à 4:18 en chanson pop imparable. Et sur scène, on sent le groupe capable de s’amuser des heures sur ce titre.

« Muss » fait penser à Radiohead dernière période, sans atteindre les sommets d’un « Videotape ».

« Egon Hosford » est plus proche du premier titre de l’album : rythmée et (presque) enjouée.

« Unicorn in Uniform » est un morceau qui donne l’impression d’avoir été composé à 35000 pieds, en croisière, au dessus du Pacifique.

« Granpa Moff » est un petit intermède tout mignon de 25 secondes.

« Please Turn Me Into The Snat » clôt l’album avec virtuosité.

L’album est intéressant mais sur scène, il prend toute sa saveur. Quand on l’écoute, on entrevoit toutes les portes que les musiciens vont pouvoir ouvrir en concert.

Sorry, was in a french mood today !

 

[COVER] Daft Punk – Get Lucky by Gavin James

« Get Lucky » has been your favourite tune of the summer?

Or, on the contrary, are you just getting tired with it…hearing it on all radio stations, in every bar, in every party?

In any case, you are likely to love some of the covers you can find on YouTube. There are so many of them…I’ve been spending almost one hour jumping from one cover to the other.

By the way, I’ve always found that great songs (or rather great songwriting) lead to interesting covers, some of them being really very far away from the original, production-wise at least. Because great songs keep their qualities and internal momentum even when they are completely differently shaped.

Here’s a good example with Daft Punk’s « Get Lucky ».

And my favourite is….

Gavin James (whom I’ve never heard of before). Hear his wonderful acoustic guitar / high-pitch voice cover here:

Image de prévisualisation YouTube

Enjoy !

[ALBUM] Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

Who’s Trent Reznor? The guy who published his last “Nine Inch Nails” album « The Slip » directly on the Internet, gave the multi-tracks from the record away so that fans / musicians could do their own mixes and upload them to his website, did a few scores for David Fincher (“Social Network”, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”), announced that “Nine Inch Nails” was over, launched a new band (“How To Destroy Angels”).

And now, a new album from “Nine Inch Nails”, on a major record company. Let’s forget about the decorum and focus on the music.

Good news: there are some excellent tracks on it! Neither the return to old roots (something that would have sound like “Head Like A Hole”, for example) nor the definitive pop-turn that his last score productions could let us imagine. Somewhere in between: their sound is still often abrasive, yet their arrangements are more subtle, in a “less power / more intensity” manner. On top of that, Trent’s voice is definitely one of the best assets of the album.

Most of the striking titles are in the record’s first part:

“Copy of A” is setting the standard of the album right at its beginning.

The already shared a few months ago single “Came Back Haunted” looks in the same direction and you will never forget these two never-ending droning riffs,

« Find my way » is just a perfect dusk song.

« All Time Low » guitar riff is very catchy. And Trent’s voice goes through all possibilities.

« Everything » is clearly the worst track of the record: the sound is too round, too arena-oriented. Let « Green Day » write this kind of things, Trent !

With « Satellite » and « Various Methods of escape », NIN are back on track: frightening sounds mixed with hauting guitars.

Unfortunately, the second part of the album is less convincing…

While’s it’s been polished (in a good way: more and more precise, to the point) throughout the years, you can still easily spot the NIN style. How come I’ve always had the impression that they only use black keys in their piano compositions? How come I figured out the music to “Social Network” was great and had a NIN touch without knowing Trent Reznor was behind it? Because he’s got his own style. And what’s particularly interesting is that his style is still developing, not forgetting was the past releases but looking forward, still in his time.

Definitely a patchy album: there are some very good tracks and some that are just OK. From I’ve seen the artwork looks great.

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

Listen to it on Grooveshark here:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Hesitation+Marks/9002541

Last but not least: look at the videos from their last summer tour on the Internet to convince yourself that their new songs are worth it.

Image de prévisualisation YouTube

And look at the good-old intriguing « Closer » on stage:

Image de prévisualisation YouTube

[ALBUM] Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

Today I decided that from now on my reviews will be in english.

I decided as well to review the new (and third) album from UK electro band “Fuck Buttons”. It’s called “Slow Focus” and out recently.

I discovered “Fuck Buttons” some years before. I was caught by their single “Sweet Love For  Planet Earth” the first time I heard it. It was just amazing how they were playing around with this simple electro gimmick. From point A to point B, same road, different landscapes. Though, the album was to rough for me…I couldn’t get into it.

In 2009, same feeling with the excellent “Solar Surf” (one of my favourite songs to go running, don’t ask me why). Great single but I did not succeed in going through the whole album.

Few days before, I heard about a new album from “Fuck Buttons”. I hadn’t heard of it before and thus had no chance to fall in love with one single only. Plus I had a train ride a few days after: I decided to keep the album for this ride. I already knew how “Fuck Buttons” are great while on a train.

But that ! I could not expect ! On “Slow Focus”, every track is a hit single !

Fuck Buttons - SLow Focus

Take heavy drums, acid sounds, droning gimmicks, add some sun, some rain, some lightheartedness, some dark feelings. Add some layers (often), remove some (from time to time).

Overall, it’s mostly cloudy (these guys are from UK, don’t forget it). Shake it, don’t stir, serve it.

Should I choose one track the whole album, that would definitely be “Stalker”: great droning bass / subtle drums arrangement, ever growing sound. When the song ends, you just forgot where it started from. So clever, so rough and yet so obvious, so sweet: this is the main feeling you’ll have when listening to the album. Just like when you discovered “Aphex Twin” at first.
Enjoy !

Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus on Grooveshark

 

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