Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blister in the Sun

Song: Blister in the Sun
Artist: Nouvelle Vague
Album: 3

Nouvelle Vague is a French musical collective led by musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Their name is a play on words, meaning "new wave" in French. This refers simultaneously to their "Frenchness" and "artiness" (the '60s new wave of cult French cinema), the source of their songs (all covers of punk rock, post-punk, and New Wave songs), and their use of '60s bossa nova-style arrangements ("bossa nova" being Portuguese for "new wave").

On their first album, Nouvelle Vague, the group resurrected classics from the New Wave music era, and reinterpreted them in a bossa nova style. The songs were stripped back to acoustic arrangements with lithe shaker rhythms achieved by gathering a parade of chanteuses from all over the world (six French, one Brazilian and one New Yorker) to cover bands including XTC, Modern English, The Clash, Joy Division and The Undertones. The various female singers on Nouvelle Vague only performed songs they had never heard before, to ensure that each cover would have a unique quality.

Nouvelle Vague in concert at Le Cargö.

Their second album, Bande à Part, includes versions of "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" by Buzzcocks, "Blue Monday" by New Order, "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen and "Heart of Glass" by Blondie.

Members, former members and contributors include many French artists who are now very well known on their own and considered as part of what is now called the "Renouveau de la chanson française" (the "Renewal of French chanson"): Anaïs Croze, Camille Dalmais, Phoebe Killdeer, Mélanie Pain and Marina Céleste.

Appearances in media

Discography: Albums

3 is the third album by Nouvelle Vague, released 16 June 2009. Once again, the album consists entirely of cover versions but, according to their official MySpace "this time they’re performing duets with the original singers. The other way NV3 differs from its predecessors is in the arrangements of the songs. Aside from the reggae and bossa nova interpretations, the songs are also inspired by country music and bluegrass. For this is what they do best; they take the songs that you adore and make you fall in love with them all over again."

Track listing

↓ Song ↓ Original Artist ↓ Dur. ↓
1 "Master & Servant" feat. Martin Gore Depeche Mode 3:22
2 "Blister In The Sun" Violent Femmes 3:15
3 "Road To Nowhere" Talking Heads 3:12
4 "All My Colours" feat. Ian McCulloch Echo & The Bunnymen 3:58
5 "The American" Simple Minds 3:44
6 "Heaven" Psychedelic Furs 4:09
7 "Parade" feat. Barry Adamson Magazine 4:04
8 "Metal" Gary Numan 3:50
9 "Ça Plane Pour Moi" Plastic Bertrand 3:25
10 "Our Lips Are Sealed" feat. Terry Hall The Go-Go's / Fun Boy Three 3:30
11 "God Save The Queen" Sex Pistols 2:49
12 "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" Soft Cell 5:01
13 "So Lonely" The Police 3:48
14 "Not Knowing" Minimal Compact 3:04
15 "Aussi Belle Ou Une Balle" Taxi Girl 3:32
16 "Such A Shame" Talk Talk 3:55


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1 comment:

Melanie Z said...

Great Band, great post!