Ooh la la! Il y a beaucoup de musique Francais au club 9:30!
The 9:30 Club is showing some real French love this spring with Housse de Racket, Yann Tiersen, M83, and Justice all on the schedule. All hailing from different parts of France, these acts will be shaking American soil this year.
Starting in the south of France is Anthony Gonzalez, better known as the founder of ambient pop group M83. In October of last year they released Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, an ambitious double album that explores the role dreams play in our lives as we grow up. It’s an album full of electronic elements that are hushed and harnessed in different ways to create ambient music that is still driven.
VIDEO: “Midnight City” - M83
A short “TGV” ride north takes us to Paris, home of Housse de Racket. This house duo started their careers playing as musicians for French music heavyweights Air and Phoenix. Their latest album, Alesia, is house music that demonstrates their rock-inspired background. There are many moments for the guitar in this album, from the rocking intro to “Roman” to the demo tracks added at the end of the album that provide insight to their songwriting process. This approach seems noteworthy for a primarily electronic act.
VIDEO: “Roman” - Housse de Racket
Dance music duo Justice have been garnering descriptions as the new Daft Punk, ever since they caught the world’s ears with their hit “D.A.N.C.E.” The connections are easy to make. Like Daft Punk, funk plays a heavy role in their music and is exemplified by their snapping, slap-bass grooves. However, their latest album Audio, Video, Disco takes a new direction and captures a late-70s prog feel.
VIDEO: “On’n’On” - Justice
Finally, from Northwestern-most corner of France in a region called Brittany hails a classically trained, avant-garde composer named Yann Tiersen. Famous for his soundtrack work (most notably for the film Amélie), Tiersen released a full length, Skyline, last year. Unlike the three previous artists, who are mostly electronic in their style, Tiersen pulls elements from a variety of styles to create highly evocative soundscapes.
VIDEO: “Monuments” - Yann Tiersen
Three of the artists mentioned are electronic artists. Electronic music is a style that is growing more and more popular overall, but the prominence of French electronic artists specifically may suggest something more. The influence of groups like Daft Punk and Air is underlined every time French electronic music makes its way to American audiences. Who knows where this movement will go in the future, but for now we’ve got some good music coming our way.
A bientôt au club 930!