Saturday, 24 November 2007

artist: friendly fires

I have spent a lot of time this week out. The grèves have meant that walking is the only way to get around Paris, which is draining. There is a service where you can rent bicycles, but they don't really agree with me.

Have quite a few things in the pipeline with this blog, but they aren't quite ready, so see this as a bit of a stop-gap.

I first encountered Friendly Fires in Brighton at Concorde 2 as part of The Great Escape. My recollections of the night are somewhat blurred but I remember them being quite fun, crammed with all manner of electronic pop ideas.

They've had a few EPs out on People in the Sky and now they are back with a single for the Moshi Moshi Singles Club, entitled Paris. If previous MMSC singles are anything to go by, Friendly Fires could well be on the brink of the big time - Late of the Pier and Kate Nash have gone on to sign major label deals after MMSC Singles Club releases.

Paris is certainly the tune to launch Friendly Fires. It has a vibe that just evokes a cold, winter night walking down by the banks of the Seine looking up at the stars. A slow, shimmering synth line leads the song in over some sampled film speech, before the cowbell-heavy beat and vocals arrive simultaneously. A verse about wistful dreams of moving to Paris and living it up at Le Showcase follows before a soaring chorus comes in and takes you away. It fits this time of year perfectly, in the way that Digitalism’s Pogo will always make me think of this summer. Also posted a remix by Nic Nell, which is dynamite.

Friendly Fires – Paris
Friendly Fires – On Board (Nic Nell remix)
///order Paris here

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