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Friday, September 30, 2011

[LARA'S CORNER] Découvrez "As True As Troilus" by Farewell Poetry

Cette semaine j'ai l'honneur et le plaisir de recevoir mon amie et ancienne partner in crime d'OWNImusic Lara (@larachacha). Elle vous fait découvrir un groupe que je ne vous aurais sans doute pas proposé ici, mais comme d'habitude avec elle, la qualité est au rendez-vous. Vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés !


http://soundcloud.com/farewellpoetry


C'est une œuvre étrange. Entre nostalgie, interrogation et inquiétude, ce poème récité sur des consonances expérimentales s'adresse au tréfonds de notre conscience. Entre performance artistique et morceau de musique, notre cœur balance.

L'écoute qui demande du temps et de l'ouverture d'esprit permet à la musique de faire son effet: l’œuvre ne laisse pas indifférent et les réactions des uns et des autres sont violemment opposées.


A propos de "As True As Troilus"

'As True As Troilus' a été enregistré et mixé entre Leeds et Paris. D'abord joué en studio dans des conditions proches du live, chaque instrument a été ensuite diffusé et ré-enregistré dans l'église Saint Margaret of Antioch de Leeds en utilisant le procédé du "mur du son" afin d'ajouter une réverbération et une acoustique naturelle aux pistes brutes.

'As True As Troilus' emprunte son titre et sa mythologie au récit de ‘Troilus and Criseyde’, un poème du 14ème siècle de l’écrivain anglais Geoffrey Chaucer, un faux mythe grec avec des origines médiévales, dans lequel le personnage principal Troilus tombe amoureux de la Troyienne Cressida qui finit par le quitter pour un soldat Grec appelé Diomède. Le narrateur de ‘As True As Troilus’ emploie ce mythe pour explorer sa propre mythologie romantique, se servant des personnages, de leurs corps et des situations pour exprimer sa propre détresse, illustrant les étapes de la destruction de son histoire avec des tableaux du conte Troyen. Le mythe comme outil de compréhension universel du personnel et du spécifique.

'As True As Troilus' est extrait de l'album 'Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite' (sortie officielle le 26 Septembre 2011).

FareWell Poetry - As True As Troilus - TRAILER from FareWell Poetry on Vimeo.

Interview: "créer quelque chose d'un peu hors format"

Qui êtes-vous ?

Nous sommes un collectif regroupant des musiciens parisiens (Frédéric D. Oberland, Eat Gas, Colin Johnco, Stanislas Grimbert, Stéphane Pigneul) et une poète-cinéaste anglo-saxonne (Jayne Amara Ross). Nous invitons souvent d'autres musiciens à nous rejoindre sur scène ou en studio (tels que Gaspar Claus, Christelle Lassort, Uspudo, Bérangère Maximin, Dave Olliffe, David Moore, etc).

Comment le projet de FareWell Poetry a-t-il vu le jour ?

On a démarré FareWell Poetry il y a un peu plus de deux ans et demi. A notre premier concert nous étions trois sur scène. Puis comme on avait ce désir du "collectif", on a contacté d'autres amis musiciens dont on appréciait le talent et on s'est attelé à la tâche. On a beaucoup travaillé en studio, expérimenté, fait des concerts, crée de nouveaux films, tenté des choses, un peu comme dans un laboratoire, sans pression autre que d'essayer de se faire plaisir et d'aller aux bouts de nos idées. C'est très excitant pour nous d'avoir le sentiment de créer quelque chose d'un peu hors format, au-delà d'un concert traditionnel, où le rapport au public passe aussi à un moment au travers d'un film ou du spoken-word.



Quelles sont vos influences musicales ?

Dans le désordre : James Joyce, Maya Deren, Set Fire To Flames, Anne Sexton, Bela Tarr, "Coral Sea" de Patti Smith & Kevin Shields, les boîtes à musique, Dirty Three, Francisco Goya, Captain Beefheart, l'électricité et tout matériel analogique, Lord Buckley, Max Richter, la série SYR de Sonic Youth, Robert Wyatt, les films Tri-X super 8, les sous-vêtements Tie & Die, le D19 et autres révélateurs à haut contraste, Ovide, Philippe Grandrieux, William Shakespeare, Earth, Bitches Brew de Miles Davis, Sally Mann, Allen Ginsberg, les premiers Pink Floyd, "L'Art des Bruits" de Luigi Russolo, le field recording, ( ) de Sigur Ros, Melody Nelson de Serge Gainsbourg, Le Cantique des Cantiques, Einstürzende Neubauten, la psychogeographie, "Zidane" de Mogwai, "Dead Man" de Neil Young, la voix de Gille Deleuze, Carla Bley, Sun Ra, "Le Vent de la Nuit" de John Cale, The Ex & Tom Cora, "Misery is a Butterfly" de Blonde Redhead, Oren Ambarchi, Bing and Ruth, Arvo Pärt, le bon vin rouge et les drogues heureuses, nos amis, nos rêves, et parfois nos pires cauchemars.

Quel est votre objectif, professionnellement parlant ?

Nous n'avons absolument aucun "objectif professionnel". On essaie simplement de faire ce que l'on aime, et quasi exclusivement : jouer, tourner, s'amuser, expérimenter, se dépasser, etc. Nous travaillons dur, mais si nous souhaitions gagner beaucoup d'argent et se payer des survêtements Juicy Couture par exemple, nous aurions choisi autre chose. C'est une forme de sacerdoce artisanal bien plus qu'un métier et un train de vie confortable. De toute façon c'est la crise, autant essayer de vivre pleinement, non ?

A qui exactement vous adressez-vous avec ce projet ? Aux amateurs de musiques, de cinéma ou d’art en général ?

A tout le monde. Nous ne classifions rien. Les gens ne sont pas des cibles commerciales, nous ne vendons pas des yaourts ou des produits d'entretien. Ceux qui apprécient notre projet reviennent souvent nous voir en concert, nous envoie des mots gentils, nous encouragent, nous aident et nous offre un peu d'eux-mêmes. Et ça nous suffit amplement. Ceci étant dit, si un mécène souhaitait financer nos prochaines oeuvres sans contrepartie, par amour de l'art, nous sommes ouverts à lui offrir un peu de notre vin pour agrémenter son eau.

Quelle est votre stratégie pour attirer l’attention de ces publics très différents ?
Aucune.

FareWell Poetry - Persephone - TRAILER from FareWell Poetry on Vimeo.

Votre projet étant intrinsèquement lié à l’image, comptez-vous utiliser/optimiser toutes les possibilités offertes par les nouvelles technologies afin de promouvoir votre projet ? Lesquelles ?
En réalité, nous sommes plutôt un collectif "vieille école". Les films sont en argentique, tournés artisanalement, développés à la main. Nous n'utilisons pas d'ordinateur sur scène -si ce n'est pour diffuser une copie numérique de nos films- toute la musique est jouée en direct, avec de vrais instruments. Les nouvelles technologies ont donc relativement peu de place dans la base de nos créations.
Toutefois, nous avons récemment collaboré avec le Collectif MU (l'équipe qui organise le très beau festival Filmer La Musique) sur une application iPhone autour de la face A 'As True As Troilus' de notre disque à venir. Nous avons découpé notre pièce sonore en cinq chapitres au sein desquels une secousse sèche du téléphone permet de lancer ou de stopper un instrument. Son orientation horizontale spatialise certaines pistes et son orientation verticale permet d’ouvrir le micro afin de moduler les sons ambiants et de les intégrer au mix général. On a pensé ça un peu comme de la psychogéographie sonore ; on déambule en agitant son téléphone, on choisit son territoire, son chapitre, on expérimente. On a pris beaucoup de plaisir à mettre cette aplication en place, bien que l'on regrette qu'elle soit limitée pour l'instant aux seuls possesseurs de iPhone, et qu'elle nécessite un casque. L'idéal serait de diffuser ça via des ghetto-blasters portables fournis gracieusement à tout-un-chacun. En attendant, l'application sera disponible gratuitement le 30 septembre prochain.

Quelle utilisation faites-vous des réseaux sociaux ?
Le web a bouleversé l'économie et la diffusion des œuvres artistiques. Internet est devenu un outil de diffusion quasi infini qui permet à beaucoup de choses d'exister en dehors des circuits traditionnels et de tenir informé les gens qui le souhaitent au quatre coins de la planète. De notre côté, nous utilisons volontiers en ce moment des outils comme Soundcloud, Vimeo, Mixcloud qui permettent de diffuser en streaming du contenu en haute qualité. Nous avons crée notre site internet nous-mêmes il y a quelques mois. Nous sommes aussi sur facebook, c'est plutôt pratique pour tenir au courant des concerts et de l'actualité à venir. Malgré cela, le contenu - dans notre cas la musique, la poésie, les films - nous importe bien plus que la manière dont il est diffusé virtuellement.


A l'occasion de la sortie de leur album "Hoping For The Invisible To Ignite", Farewell Poetry sera en concert le 30 Septembre à 20h30 dans l'église St Merry.

Retrouvez Farewell poetry sur : site officiel, facebook, myspace, vimeo, soundcloud

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Crédit photos : tous droits réservés
Album cover (extrait du film 'As True As Troilus') : Jayne Amara Ross
Dessins originaux : Alice Lewis
Graphisme : David Bart
Photos live : Pamela Maddaleno

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stream the new Feist album "Metals"


Before I tell you more about it and meeting Feist the other day in a incredible setting in Paris, here's a way to listen to Metals, her third album, out on October 3rd. Nice, right?


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Could Christophe Willem be that Cool male popstar we've been waiting for? (Probably).


There aren't many male popstars who can rival their female counterparts in the pop game. While we have the Kylies, the Madonnas, the Beyoncés or the Rachel Stevens (insert LOL here), I can't really think of a male artist who's able to offer ballsy, sexy electro-infused pop coupled with strong visuals and big arena shows. There was Robbie Williams at some point but he was aiming at a more "rock" image, wasn't he?

Great pop guys seem to be more indie, like Bright Light Bright Light, Penguin Prison, Erik Hassle, or even Hurts. Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters is utterly amazing but not (yet) a solo artist, and Mika turned out to be shit after just one album. Simon Curtis is like a baby Britney with a penis, but I'm still waiting for him to do something with that (other than releasing albums with nothing more). Justin Timberlake would rather play the "actor" card than get his nice ass back into a recording studio. 

Actually if you're a guy in pop and you want to be successful you either have to be:
1) in a boyband
2) a total bellend doing awful electro-RnB like Jason Derulo, Taio Cruz, Pitbull, Will.I.Am, David Guetta, Usher etc
3) a rocker (note that it's ok to be "rock". You're just not pop then)

FEAR NOT I MIGHT HAVE A SOLUTION!!!!

Even more surprisingly, that response to all the Will.i.am crap lying around might be coming from France. I know. I told you several times about Christophe Willem, especially when he released his generally great second album Caféine back in 2009. Being a fan of It's Pop!-approved female pop, especially Madonna and Kylie, he did various interesting things in that direction, like covering their songs, sort-of-dueting, or working with the latter's longtime collaborator Steve Anderson. Apart from being totally amazing, Mr. Anderson has worked his magic on all of Kylie's tours of the last decade, and gave her songs some pretty perfect makeovers when needed. 

Now Christophe is getting ready to release his third record, entitled Prismophonic. I was lucky enough to be in attendance when he premiered the first single Cool at the Sony Music Convention a few days ago, and what struck me was: the total catchiness of the song, the perfect production, the daring sound for a guy. Cool is a GREAT pop song that gives me faith and full confidence in the forthcoming LP, which will see the light of day on November 21st. From the "ooh-ooh ooh" intro, to the verses leading to a huge frenglish chorus, it has everything it needs to become a real hit. Hopefully it will.

The single premiered (and was released) today, and it's already climbing the iTunes top 10, being at #7 as I'm typing (Tuesday Sept 20, 1pm Paris time). A number one hit on its way? Yes please!



Alternative link for non-French readers:

Friday, September 16, 2011

[PLAYLIST] Some great songs for September


Yay, everyone's back to school/university/work but I'm sure some of you forgot to load their iPods with good tunes. Here are some suggestions you might like and others you might not. 

The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love?


How I forgot to post about that song earlier is beyond me. AMAZING. In my top 5 of the year for sure.

Caotico - Brains Out featTove Styrke


TOVE STYRKE !!!!!!!!! <3. Great song. 

Orelsan - Suicide Social

OrelSan - Suicide Social par 3emebureau

French rap at its best. If you understand the lyrics, you're in for a big slap in the face.

Hands - No Romance


Nice indie electro-pop from Norway. Thumbs up!

Kasabian - Days Are Forgotten


Velociraptor! is out on September 19, you should get it cause it's really good.

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful


I KNOW they're a teenage boyband. But the song is catchy, right? (SCREW YOU VIVO, sorry you have to head to YouTube to watch the vid.)

M83 - Midnight City


What a tune! Great electro-pop from France. Get it now.

Madonna - She's Not Me (Guyom's Express Mashup)

Madonna - She's Not Me (Guyom'S Xpress Mashup) by Guyomremixes

The original was OK, but that remix turns it into an awesome song! Plus it's a free download!

Penguin Prison - Fair Warning


This guy has one of the best albums of the year under his belt (out October 24). More about that soon.

Darren Hayes - Black Out The Sun


After the total awesomeness that was Talk Talk Talk, this new single makes me want the album Secret Codes and Battleships more than pint of beer at a festival. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Florence And The Machine announces new album Ceremonials and premieres single Shake It Out


As I said a few weeks back, Florence And The Machine's track What The Water Gave Me was just a taster of things to come. Now we have the proper first single off her upcoming second album Ceremonials, out Oct 31st. It's called Shake It Out and once again, it a powerful and exciting pop song.


Above is the arwork for the album, which kind of reminds me of Madonna's Hung Up single cover.


And the font is totally Goldfrapp Supernature, right?


Florence having the pop goddesses shining down on her? I LITERALLY CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS ALBUM! See the tracklisting after the jump!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The new Coldplay song is a rip-off of... a Coldplay song!


The new Coldplay single Paradise is good and all, no problem about that. Well it's not the most exciting thing ever, I have to admit. Here it is if you haven't heard it already:


The only thing that tingled me when I first listened to it on the street this morning was that it reminded me of another song. It was striking, but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

Then I did. It's simply another Coldplay song. Well not exactly.

Remember Natalie Imbruglia? She has some amazing songs. She almost released her latest album two years ago. Unfortunately, the ill-fated Come To Life never really saw the light of day despite it being pretty awesome. And guess what? Three songs on that album have writing credits by Chris Martin or Coldplay altogether. 

One of those songs is called "Fun". It was written by all four Coldplay guys and sounds like this: 



extract from the "Come To Life" Wikipedia page, with the writing & production credits for each album track.

Now please compare its melody (for example between 0:12 and 0:18) to that of Paradise (for example between 0:19 and 0:33). Striking, right?

So, what's the story behind that? Did Chris and his mates feel like recycling a bit? Did they aim at paying the Great Natalie Imbruglia a worldwide tribute, to make up for her album not being released? Did they just act a bit lazy for that new release of theirs? I'm wondering.

Anyway, I'd love to have your opinion on that matter!

[EXCLUSIVE] The Kooks - Junk Of The Heart (Happy): acoustic session


My great friends at 3èmeGauche TV and I were lucky enough last week to spend a Kooksified few days! First we attended a great show at La Flèche d'Or, one of Paris' most famous indie venues, where the band played an awesome 1-hour plus set comprising most of their past hits (all my faves at least) and some new tracks. Cause yeah, Luke Pritchard and his mates are releasing their third studio album today (Sept 12), and let me tell you something: these guys know how to write a song and drive a crowd crazy.

Junk Of The Heart is a perfectly timed and well-written collection of catchy and clever pop songs that showcase the band's ability to capture the spirit of pop: effectiveness, "complex simplicity" and unashamed pleasure. Tracks like Eskimo Kiss, Is It Me or How'd You Like That are immediate favorites, but here it's hard to find a track you won't like.

The second part of our week with The Kooks consisted of a more intimate moment with the band, since Luke and bass player Pete Denton joined us for an interview, followed by an acoustic session of current single Junk Of The Heart (Happy) by Luke alone on guitar. While you'll be able to watch the whole filmed interview in a few days (and see me make a fool of myself when Luke understands "sex" when I say the word "success"), you can now enjoy that intimate moment of music courtesy of 3èmeGauche TV's hard work over the weekend. Is there a better way to start the week?





Setlist, Flèche d'Or Paris Sept 7, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

[ABOUT A SONG] Kylie's Cant Get You Out Of My Head is 10 years old. And a classic.


What makes a pop song a classic? Simplicity, modernity, a sense of risk and of course, a decent popstar. Kylie Minogue probably knows that better than any other pop artist, as she managed to get the biggest hit of her career almost 15 years into it, with a song that will forever define her and the beginning of the 21st century.

Can't Get You Out Of My Head was released on September 8, 2001 and went on to become a worldwide smash hit, being #1 in 40 countries, and getting her her biggest hit in the US since The Locomotion

What made this particular song such a smash was undoubtedly the combination of Kylie herself (still hot from all that goldpant thing from a few months earlier), a video that repositioned her as an ultimate pop icon, a melody that you, err, can't get out of your head, and a string of visually stunning performances to accompany it. Oh, and perhaps that white top of hers. 

Her's a selection of Can't Get You Out Of My Head performances, with different versions and even an interesting cover.

Happy Birthday and congrats, all involved!


The original video

Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head (New Order mashup) - Brit Awards Performances, 2002

First performance during the On a Night Like This Tour, a few months before the actual release, 2001

KylieFever2002 version, 2002

Money Can't Buy Show, 2004

Showgirl Tour version, 2005

Showgirl Homecoming Tour version, 2006

Boombox/Can't Get You Out Of My Head mash-up, X2008Tour version, 2008

Acoustic version, live at the BBC, 2011

Les Folies: Aphrodite Tour version (Soulwax Kyluss Remix), 2011

Cover

Coldplay (Live at Glastonbury 2005)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

[INTERVIEW] Elisa Tovati / Tom Dice : histoire d'un tube


Il nous faut, le duo d’Elisa Tovati et Tom Dice, est l’un des tubes de cet été (toujours 4ème de l’airplay, et 9ème sur iTunes), et les deux artistes nous l’avaient interprété en version acoustique il y a quelques semaines. Ils nous expliquent aujourd’hui comment cette chanson a vu le jour, en quelques heures de studio.

Cette rencontre a également été l’occasion de discuter avec Elisa de son nouvel album Le Syndrôme de Peter Pan, de ses influences musicales, de ses coups de coeurs et de ses projets, notamment au cinéma.


Interview: Loïc Dumoulin-Richet
Cadreurs : Boris Labourguigne, Pierre Maurel, Thomas Burgess
Montage: Boris Labourguigne
Merci à Elisa Tovati, Tom Dice et Delphine Caurette.

Friday, September 02, 2011

A UK Rock day with Kasabian and Carl Barat, just like that.

"Fire" was the goodnight kiss
So ok today (which won't mean anything if you read that later, so let's say "on Thursday, Sept 1st) was one of those days. The cool kind. First I got to attend a super private show by UK rockers and weird hairstyle sporters Kasabian, who are starting promo for their upcoming fourth studio album Velociraptor (out Sept. 19). They played a 5-track semi-acoustic gig at their label's magnificent new headquarters (Sony) for an audience consisting of staff, hardcore fans and well, people like me, the kind you always wonder why they're here ;-). 

Thing is I LOVE this band. Their previous record West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is a personal favorite of mine and guess what, I was in luck tonight as they played four tracks from that particular record (out of 5). Weirdly so I might add as I thought this showcase would feature a bunch of new tracks. But apart from the single Days Are Forgotten, it wasn't what happened. Someone from the label told me they feared videos would leak and ruin the surprise... Well that sounds a bit strange to me but hey, I'm not doing their PR am I?


(That's Days Are Forgotten)

Well these guys certainly deliver, and i particularly liked the how exciting the songs still were in a more acoustic setting. If I had one criticism to make, I'd say they could have stayed a bit longer. But let's not get too picky.



I was probably on a themed day, since the end of the evening was even rockier. You might know that I'm lucky enough to participate in a very cool radio show called #CritiquesZik on national radio Le Mouv, a show hosted by the amazing Laura Leishman. What we basically do for a whole hour is we play some new tracks and grade them from 0 to 10. And we try to say relevant things. It's not always the case but at least we have fun. Well tonight was particularly cool as just minutes after I said what I like most about Jay-Z is Beyoncé, or something like this, guess who poped in our studio? None other than Mr. Carl Barat himself. Yep the one from The Libertines. Pretty cool, right? I do think so myself. Nice and chatty, Carl joined us and graded tracks with us, while speaking his best French.

Fans of The Barat, you'll be happy to learn he's working on a new album in between writing an opera that will be shown in Paris next year.

Oh hey radio team plus Carl and manager! And my red pants.