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Souvenir : S/T EP (Jabalina 1999)
From the twee-minded "Belles-de-jour" the to the Beach Boys reprise "Ne dis pas", from the yé yé sounding "Au bord du soleil" to the beatbox-driven "La femme aux mille visages", premonitory of their recent issue "64", this is just the perfect way of starting a pop career...
Each song of the EP was also supported by a specific front sleeve to be chosen following your mood, your favourite song or the cover design itself. A must have.
Jens Lekman : Night falls over Kortedala (Service)
The time when Rocky Dennis rose to heaven is far behind us. After making a joyriding accross the whole wide world, his incarnation on earth has finally settled down to deliver us a message under the form of 12 enchanting love commandments. Rocky is in very familiar terms with the angels and he salutes you...
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Plastic Operator : Different Places (Fine Day Records)
No electro effects escalation for the Belgo-Canadian duo on its debut album, just simple likeable electro pop anthems, sung with a charming flemish accent (Pieter Van Dessel), that go straight to the heart. Of course, difficult not to think of Postal Service or Styrofoam but, as we said, the main relevance here is to be found in the infectious melodies, from the old single "Folder" to the dancefloor-friendly "Singing all the time" or the more introspective " Couch" and "The Pleasure is mine". A truly significant accomplishment !
Louis Philippe : An Unknown Spring (Wonder)
From él sunshine deserts to Shibuya Trattoria, from literary musical settings to children fantasy pop, from his first EP on le Crépuscule to his latest collaboration with Stuart Moxham on his own label, Louis Philippe is part of pop history, he IS pop history. But the intention is not to look in the rearview mirror...
"An Unknown Spring" is formally sophisticated, sustained with strings, often piano-driven, backed with pastoral vocal harmonies and baroque arrangments, quite close to early él essays. As we could expect, some songs like notably "The Hill and the Valley", "An Unknown Spring" or the instrumental "Liverpool" are close to perfection while "Fallen Snow" is even going further, being the equivalent of a "retrogressive science fiction essay" in literature. Future is now.
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Tillmanns : A careless lifestyle (Fraction Discs)
Came accross the Tillmanns last year with their "Run" title (from the first ever Fraction Discs release), a sort of early 80's hypnotic down beat whine, but didn't dig any further. Well, the new-born debut album from the Göteborg duo is appearing like the perfect opportunity to make it up, between The Wake bipolarity, Section 25 introspection, and early-Cure comforting darkness ! Strange, melancholic, stifling, beautiful...
Thanks to Jörgen and Renée
- Little Big Adventure : Ben & Jerrys (2007)
- Guillaume Fédou : L’homme de neige (2007)
- Johan Agebjorn feat Sally Shapiro : Spacer Woman from Mars (2007)
- The Yesterday Sky : A Winter’s Dawn (1992)
- Righeira : Gli parlero di te (1984)
- The Pains of being pure at Heart : This love is fucking right ! (2007)
- Gerd Michaelis Chorus : Schon Fangt Jede Liebe An (1969)
- Dondolo : J’ai deux amours (2007)
- Shop Assistants : It’s up to you (1986)
- Vells : Once upon a Whirlpool (2007)
- Sucrette : Love & Whistle (2007)
- Sally Shapiro : He keeps me alive (2007)
- Magazine 60 : Don Quichotte (1985)
- The Bridal Shop : From Seas (2007)
- Elsa Leroy : Mieux vaut tard que jamais (1965)
- Mother & the Addicts : Yeah Next (2007)
- Thick Pigeon : Jess & Bart (1984)