Friday, 10 October 2008

anoraak : nightdrive with you

I like it when music matches the mood. Even better when it seems to fit the season, if at times it is a little eerie. Anoraak is the soundtrack to those dreamy earl grey mornings spent shivering on the way to the bus stop, before being enveloped in warm scatters of sunshine. Except the French don't drink earl grey, and in Paris they sure as fuck don't take the bus.

This is Nantes synth pop that recalls the best underwater filter moments of the 1990's à la Modjo et les Dafts, whilst being imbued with a lightness signified by a general lack of distorted, earsplitting electro-banger moments - note the word general. The vocals and lyrics are filled with that insouciant nonchalance that used to be the domain of all French synth-bands. Arpeggiated teenage vibes run all over this album like indecisively skewed hormones at a school-disco.

Check out the title track from the mini-album below in streaming and download Waiting For Your Phone Call, my personal favourite. The mini-album, out on Endless Summer Recordings and limited to a 1000 copies, is available exclusively in Rough Trade in the UK at the moment*. They are playing White Heat in Soho on 18th November with Minitel Rose.

Anoraak - Nightdrive With You

Anoraak - Waiting For Your Phone Call
///buy Nightdrive With You

I'm off to check out the rest of the Valerie Collective.

The retro aspect is pushed further to the fore by some beautiful artwork that makes me think of a Tron style video game set on a beach with some kind of summer-prom subplot. Best electro artwork since Kavinsky in my mind. He's not dead in case you wondered when he might put out some new material (obvious lie, Kavinsky is dead, he's a zombie). According to my boys chez Record Makers, Vinco has been working on his album and has done a remix of label-mate Sebastien Tellier's Roche, which is supposedly better than the original. The Sexuality remixes (SebastiAN, Boys Noize, Danger, Midnight Juggernauts, A-Trak, Moulinex, Donovan, Kavinsky to name but a few) are looking formidable don't you think? Roche is the French release, Kilometer's out in the UK and internationally. I prefer the original, just can't beat it.

Sebastien Tellier - Roche (Kavinsky Remix)

* p.s. - If you go to Rough Trade be careful. I went there a few Sundays ago and was just minding my own fucking business, writing said blog, and an instore gig appeared behind me. It was Adam Ficek of Babyshambles going solo. The man can't sing. I was blocked in.


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