Interview with 1984

Salut Etienne!  It’s a joy to be chatting with and to find out the latest about your band 1984.  You recently released an engaging EP titled Night Phases.  How does it differ in theme and tone from your last album Influenza, which was feverish and infectious (both in a good way!)? Hi Jen!  Our EP differs quite a lot from Influenza. You're right; … [Read more...]

Q&A with Watoo Watoo

Salut Michaël!  I’ve been spinning your lovely recent album, Un Si Longue Attente, and for some reason the phrase “jolie-pop” springs to my mind… Since you and Pascale are both natives of France, maybe you understand what I mean by that terminology.  Your music is pleasing and inviting, despite the occasional bleak lyrics. Do you think the … [Read more...]

Best Songs of 2013

I’m countin’ ‘em down like Casey “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" Kasem used to do on the music TV show America’s Top 10: 10.  SPC ECO – “Delusional Waste” Dean Garcia (ex-Curve) and daughter Rose Berlin, creators of electro-ambient fantasias, approach justthissideofpop with their recent tune “Delusional … [Read more...]

UNISON – UNISON

French duo Melanie Moran and Julien Camarena released their stunning self-titled debut album in Europe in autumn of 2011, with Lentonia issuing a U.S. release this past April.  UNISON is composed of storming electro-noir soundscapes swirled with a compelling atmosphere of expansive sonic lulls and topped with Melanie’s sweetly beguiling vocals.  … [Read more...]

Interview with UNISON

Salut Mélanie and Julien!  Thanks so much for doing this interview with me during such an exciting time for you.  Your magnificent self-titled debut album came out in your native France, and the rest of Europe, in September 2011 – and it will be released in the U.S. in April on Lentonia Records.  You are originators of a musical style known as … [Read more...]

Nameless – “Angelina” video

In light of ‘the leg seen around the world’ at the Oscars, an overview of “Angelina” and its accompanying video by Paris-based pop-rock band, Nameless, seems opportune.  Whether or not this song is about Angelina Jolie (It’s more fun to imagine it is), it’s a supremely kicky, sticky piece of ear candy that deserves mention.  “Angelina” starts off … [Read more...]

Interview with Dorian Dumont of The Teenagers

Hey Dorian – It’s so awesome to be doing this interview with you!  I’ve been playing your 2008 album Reality Check in my car lately and it’s so fun and filled with deliciously dirty lyrics, infectious melodies, and propulsive tempos.  Your pop songs have a youthful, sing-along zest, but are also dreamy and starry-eyed due to your cool guitar … [Read more...]

CocoRosie – Grey Oceans

I think some things are far above our comprehension and CocoRosie is one of them. For some odd reason, a duo that I find so simple in instrumentation makes little to no sense in arrangement. Their new release, Grey Oceans, is no exception to the trend they have set for the last few years. Although these two sisters have disarming voices that might … [Read more...]

Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM

Charlotte Gainsbourg has collaborated with other artists on all her albums and she knows how to pick ‘em, whether it’s her father, Serge Gainsbourg, on her debut album as a young girl or 2007’s 5:55 with musical compositions by the duo Air and lyrics co-penned by Jarvis Cocker.  On her latest release (already out in France and other countries and … [Read more...]

Kalamazoo – How To Hunt A Deer

Is it important that I mention that Kalamazoo is French? The band themselves probably wouldn't think so, and none of their declared influences are european. The Parisian four piece are fully paid up anglophiles, aficianados of the works of Kings Of Leon, Radiohhead, Interpol, Pixies, Arctic Monkeys .... none of them French bands. What does this … [Read more...]