Cloetta Paris (2)
Look how cute they are ! Next week will be the Official Cloetta Paris Week all over the planet !!!! Debut album release has been announced for April 22nd and pre-order has already started on Skywriting Records... first album copies might land at any time any place in the world in the next few days !!!
I don't really know when Roger's wonderful band Nixon will release new stuff again (at least I know it's almost impossible to - officially - buy old stuff today and I secretly hope all his material will be properly reedited soon to replace these bootlegs I own) but, with this tangible debut album release, I now know that Cloetta Paris is more than a side-project, more than a "downloadable hip-song" effect and I feel so excited about it !
Hearing this exclusive brand new killer-song "Secret Eyes" (from the S/T album), I'm asking myself if Cloetta Paris really exists though... We could indeed take Cloetta's voice for a highpitched version of Roger's...But it seems like Miss Paris does exist in real life as Matilda and is one of Roger's best friends ! The fact they use quite a lot of autotune sometimes may cause a bit more artificial feel to it, this must be the reason....
Roger has done exactly what I thought in the past though. In 2005, he released a very secret album as a fake duo, Intellivision, on Swiss europop label Hypersound. It was mainly done as a bit of fun (all vocals that are supposed to sound like female voices are actually Roger's voice on high pitch) but it carries a few amazing tunes like Moskow Moskow or Calling Tokyo, prefiguring today's Cloetta Paris in a funny way...
Update 25/04 : album has landed
If -like me- you're somewhere in between 30 and 40 (hmmm), listening to this album will be like a true come-back to your childhood (not to mention the schoolbook-like cover) : I didn't realize this before, but Cloetta's voice is so close to Michael Cretu's muse Sandra, a tiny bit smoother maybe !! Musically, even if the arrangements are very contemporary, it is full of hints from classical eurodisco stuff I love like P. Lion (the second half of Secret Eyes must be -intentionnally or not - inspired by the "Happy Children" gimmick ) or Baby's Gang (children parts in Beat Street), even literally taking some titles from that era like "Arabian nights" (anyone remembers this song from The Parallel lines ?). Of course, it is including all the hits we were already mad about like "Broken Heart Tango" or "I miss you someone". On the reprise side, the "St Elmo's Fire" has not been selected but there is a very surprising cover of ELO's "So serious". This must be the soundtrack of your retrieved youth.