Archive for April, 2008

Architecture In Helsinki, Antidepressant From The Antipodes

Crazy Australians of Architecture in Helsinki made their new music video out of… animated embroidery!

Taken from their 3rd album “Places Like This“, the song Like It Or Not is a mixture of naive rock, psychedelic and joyful, ideal to overcome today’s greyness.

Bat For Lashes, The Ghosts And The Werewolf

Bat For Lashes will have the honor and heavy burden of opening for Radiohead on their next European tour, which stops in Paris Bercy and Nimes Arenae in June. This shouldn’t be surprising, knowing that Radiohead, just like Björk or Devendra Banhart, counted among the most prominent fans of “Fur And Gold”, 1st imprint of the band led by Natasha Khan.

Refering to the song “Horse And I”, Thom Yorke reportedly said : “I love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws. This song seems to come from the world of Grimm’s fairytales, and I feel like a wolf.”

If there’s one Bat For Lashes track we can’t get enough of, it’s “What’s A Girl To Do” and its very Lynch-like, watch-it-over-and-over video:

Bat For Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do

And just for Thom:

Horse and I (Live @ Mercury Prize)

Women first at Point Ephémère this week

My Brightest Diamond – Dragonfly

Shara Worden, whom we’ve heard alongside Sufjan Stevens, before she took her own solo path under the moniker of My Brightest Diamond, feels like a dragonfly and dreams of flying away. Mabe you could help her by attending her Point Ephémère gig in Paris tomorrow, to listen to her crystal-clear yet powerful voice, coupled with nice songwriting skills and a highly endearing personality.

We’re already quite excited about the announcement of A Thousand Shark’s Teeth, her 2nd album to be published on June 17 by Asthmatic Kitty, and for which Shara cites influences from Tricky, Tom Waits and Maurice Ravel, as well as Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s movies and Alice In Wonderland.

Tujiko Noriko – 普通の日 (Dead Earth)

No wonder we are starting to see Tujiko Noriko more and more frequently booked at some of the best Parisian venues, as the Japanese-born singer and composer chose to live in our land of magical baguettes, as one can guess from the TV samples heard in her “Dead Earth“.

For us awaken Earthlings, the fairy Noriko-san will showcase her nursery rhymes, between well-written melodies and sharp experiments, Wednesday April 23rd at the  Point Ephémère, as part of the feminine festival Les Femmes s’en mêlent.

Efterklang’s Parisian Parade

Anna, Niklas, and Casper of Efterklang on April 7, 2008

Anna, Niklas, and Casper of Efterklang in Paris, Apr. 7, 2008.

After a magical show at the Divan du Monde where they presented their 2nd album Parades, Danish elves of Efterklang were back in Paris on April 7. Their unique sounds enlightened the dull concrete of the Point Ephémère.
On stage just like on their records, strings, brass, percussions and electronics delightfully mix with the heartful choirs and communicative enthusiasm of the 7 members.

As a sweet starter, Anna Brønsted, also a full Efterklang live member, sung a few titles alone at the piano, from her own enchanting project Our Broken Garden, whose first EP comes out on April 28 on Rumraket, Efterklang-run label, and internationally on Bella Union.

Efterklang – Prey and Predator (2004)