Band generation

Blouse – Imperium

The Portland based band members Charlie Hilton, Jacob Portrait and Patrick Adams, formed Blouse in 2011 and just released their first album, Imperium. I discovered them while they were on a European tour with Wampire (see below) and I was in Copenhagen, at Loppen music venue, one of my favorite. Very good and unexpected musical discovery.
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Hypnolove – Ghost Carnival

The famous trio – Thierry Moreira, Nicolas Sentenac and Henning Specht – that are forming Hypnolove brought us some sun from South of France with their new disco pop album, Ghost Carnival, (“Winter in the Sun” is an absolute delight) and resurfaced the happy vibes from the time when all they wanted was to dance with “Mademoiselle”.

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Lilly Wood and the Prick – The Flight

You already know “Hey, it’s OK” and all of the other songs of their first album, Invicible Friends. Nili Hadida and Benjamin Cotto (Lilly Wood and the Prick), the cool French duo, are back this year with brand new folk pop songs to listen in the morning and start the day in a great mood (while it’s raining outside, but we ignore it!).

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Soniamiki – SNMK

I read about that Polish band in the Inrocks magazine and it is with great pleasure that I introduce Soniamiki in my blog, as not so many east European musicians are mentioned nowadays in the pop electro scene.

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Metronomy – Love Letters

Metronomy (Joseph Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior and Gbenga Adelekan) are British. Two years ago, they made us swing on the “English Riviera” and it felt so good! Now they are coming back big time with two tracks already hits, “I’m Aquarius” and “Love Letters” (you know THAT video directed by Michel Gondry) and we are so impatient to get the entire album for the summer. Where are they taking us this time?

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Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio, and Chris Tomson formed Vampire Weekend in 2006 while attending Columbia University. (source Facebook) With their 2 millions something followers on Facebook, there is little more to add to introduce the NYC based band, just listen to their new album “Modern Vampires of the City”, it will bring happy vibes to your rainy everyday (it is TODAY!)

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Wampire – Curiosity

Eric Phipps, Rocky Tinder, Cole Browning, Kevin Rafn and Andrew Meininger are forming Wampire, another cool band coming from Portland. I discovered them at the same time as Blouse as they were having a European tour hand in hand and I immediately fell transported by their universe, 80’s revival and kitch outfit.

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I found out about Alexis and the Brainbow this year and I felt immediately captivated by the melody coupled with the flawless voice of the lead singer. Truth is, I met this guy before, when he was passing by the South, and he was already telling me how much music was important to him and he wouldn’t imagine his life without it. I am glad he didn’t give up on his dream, the result is more than satisfying. The band has formed in Lyon in 2012. Five mates coming from various music spheres: hip hop, electro, nothern soul, funk, afrobeat and pop. It must have been a good formula because rapidly they were invited on stage for their first gig. In February 2013, they were shining in the first part of Eugene McGuiness show. Then, it is just a succession of good luck. Selected to attend the Inrock Lab, they catched the attention of JD Beauvallet from the Inrocks magazine (you can read the article here). On top of that, they won the “Pression Live 2013” competition which aims to revel each year great new talents. An achievement since they will be performing, this fall, during the first part of a major interpret at the renowned music scene: L’Olympia (October 22)! There is no record, yet, but a movie clip is planned for the next autumn and you can listened to them (over and over again) on SoundCloud. ENJOY!

Bankrupt!

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What?! You haven’t listened to the new album of Phoenix? Well it is just POP but it is Phoenix’s pop and if you liked their previous work, you’ll appreciate this just as much. Plus, don’t you love the album cover? It’s retrofreshcolorfulfruity, very SS13.