Tagged: France

The Penelopes – Roses

New from Parisian art-pop duo The Penelopes is Roses, a nostalgic, electro-pop track from their new EP Leave Them All Behind. The London-based pair – Axel Basquiat and Vincent T – have been busy remixing work by the likes of Alt-J and Lana Del Ray but are now focusing on their own material.

The single is accompanied by a striking video by acclaimed Ukrainian director Alina Gordiyenko.

The Penelopes – Roses

LIVE: Her, Borderline, London (26/4/17)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe best thing about live music is that it doesn’t matter if the crowd is 20,000 or 200 – if the music’s right you get the same feeling every single time… well, I do anyway! French duo Her have been making incredible music for a while now, but seemingly dong so underground in a way that means only a select few seem to know too much about them.

P1018230.JPGFor their show at London’s Borderline – where even the hallway to the toilets (pictured right) was Instagram-worthy! – Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier were joined by their full live band, enabling their lush sound to be performed with the richness that was always intended. 

Support act Alxndr London sublimely set the tone with some awesome deep, bassy tracks and got everyone pumped for Her. Then the main act kept things bubbling throughout with their blend of soul, funk and at times fairly avante-garde music. The noise and excitement for the main act belied the modest size of the venue – particularly the reaction to the first few notes of perhaps their most recognisable track Five Minutes.

Her – Five Minutes (Live for Deezer)

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Her, London, 27/4/17 (photo: Chelsea Kostrey)

Their stage presence was strong, with stylish colour-coordinated outfits, but none of the over-stylised aloofness that sometimes come across with some bands. And they were smiling with each other the whole time, seemingly enjoying their evening as much as the rest of us.

As well as Five Minutes, other highlights of their set included Quite Like, Jeanie J and most recent track Swim – all of which should go down well during their extensive festival slots across Europe and beyond (ticket details here).

There are plenty of bands that build up a strong following elsewhere in Europe but, for some reason, have to work particularly hard to break it in to the London music scene. Judging by the reaction from the crowd at this show, it seems likely that we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Her at some of London’s bigger venues in the near future.

Words and photos: Chelsea Kostrey

Her – Swim (ft. Zefire)

Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter

When either Porter Robinson or Madeon put out new material it’s never something that can easily be ignored, so when the two team up on a track it has to be cause for real excitement.

Shelter doesn’t disappoint. This meeting of US and French electronic masterminds is an absolute beauty, and a tune that comes ahead of the pair’s forthcoming US and Canada tour together that kicks off in Atlanta on 29 September and runs through various dates in October and November.

Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter

Rooney – Why (ft. Soko)

Whether the sunny weather we’ve been having in the UK has disappeared by the time you read this or not, it would take a cold hearted person not to at least have their spirits lifted by this slice of cheerful indie pop from LA alt-rockers Rooney.

Why – which also features French actress and musician Soko –  is the second single from Rooney’s upcoming album Washed Away which is out on 29 July.

Rooney – Why (ft. Soko)