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Nouvell Vague

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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peacefrog
  • ASIN: B00018D3JQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Will Tear Us Apart
  2. Just Can't Get Enough
  3. In a Manner of Speaking
  4. Guns of Brixton
  5. This Is Not a Love Song - Melanie Pain
  6. Too Drunk to F***
  7. Marian
  8. Making Plans for Nigel
  9. Forest
  10. I Melt With You - Paavo Siljamaki
  11. Teenage Kicks - Melanie Pain
  12. Psyche - Sir Alice
  13. Friday Night Saturday Morning

Product Description

Product Description

Nouvelle Vague is a French electronica project initialised by multi-instrumentalists and producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Marc first came to recognition with his band Ollano, known for their Francophone trip-hop / jazz-fusion and his movie soundtracks such as "the kidnapper's theme". He soon moved into the realm of club music, initially recording for the UK's own Paper Recordings and progressing into a more creative and eclectic producer under the guises Avril on FCom, and Volga Select on Output Records. Olivier Libaux has been involved with many French pop acts during the nineties and started working with Marc in 1998.

Nouvelle Vague which translates to "new wave" in English, and bossa nova in Portuguese, revisits a number of both Marc and Olivier's favourite tracks from the early eighties, taking in bands such as The Clash, Joy Division, and the Cure in a stunning combination of bossa nova, jazz and sixties pop.

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Its not often that the postman waking you from your slumber is greeted with a much joy, but this morning was a little different as he brought with him my copy of Nouvelle Vague from Amazon. The drive through the wind and rain to work was considerably more pleasureable as a result.
You'll love this if you a) like this style of music or b) love these songs and like to here them reworked and reborn. I fall into both camps and as a result I am deligted by what is on offer here.
What strikes you most is how well the songs themselves stand up to such a bear, low-key interpretation. An undoubted testament to the original artists and their songs.
I have only given it 4 stars because, if there is a criticism, it is that the arrangement and sound of each song is a little to similar and perhaps some variation on instrumentation would be welcomed. That said, each song is wonderfully put together and the vocals are sublime.
This album is one of the eternal joys of music. Its all too easy to follow the same route to new music Artist A has a new album, buy new album. The real treats are the ones that come out of nowhere and surprise you. This is such a treat and worthy of a listen.
Hopefully they'll do a follow-up, maybe something a little newer, Big Mouth Strikes Again would be a great choice!
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The idea of post-punk classics performed in a bossa nova/lounge style sounds as though it may have been conceived purely as a joke and if you're familiar with some of the original tracks then the extent of the transformation achieved by the versions on this album may raise a wry smile on occassion. But for the most part the music here transcends that kind of ironic detachment to achieve something altogether more deeply affecting.
Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has been covered many times before but has never been suffused with such longing, like lying on a beautiful tropical beach as the sun goes down contemplating a love left behind on the other side of the world. The version of Public Image Limited's "This Is Not Love Song" exchanges the mocking snarl of John Lydon's delivery for that of a sassy French diva singing in a voguish underground club, simultaneously sounding both breathlessly seductive and coldly detached. And the Cure's "A Forest" is transported from the depths of the cold, dank darkness of the original to a tropical rainforest repleat with the chirruping of nameless insects and the squawking of exotic birds, something sinister lurking in the undergrowth as the percussion builds to a tense climax.
A couple of the tracks don't quite reach the generally high standard of the rest of this collection but the two tracks that represent the album's pinnacle more than make up for this. Both "In A Manner Of Speaking" and "Making Plan's For Nigel" are nothing short of beautiful, filled with a poignancy and sadness that instantly makes you want to hear them again as soon as their last note dies away.
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Turning on Glastonbury, horrified to hear a band were going to cover Joy Divisions 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' - some things, surely, are sacred...
However, this works, as do the covers of The Cures 'A Forest' and, most bizare of all, PIL's 'This Is Not A Love Song'. The ideal summer album for relaxing to, not really a sit down and listen to it album, but a perfect, unobtrusive, chilled and luscious soundscape, ideal for pimms and hand rolled cigarettes. Languish! The only blip is the rather crass 'Too Drunk...' which disolves into a screech, shattering the otherwise otherworldly bliss. Try it!
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Round up some female vocalists, some post-punk songs from the late seventies, then record these songs in a Bossa Nova style, and then call the resulting set of cover versions Nouvelle Vague. Bossa Nova meaning Nouvelle Vague meaning New Wave. Clever, huh? But, ultimately, a meaningless exercise in kitsch and `irony'? Well, not quite, as Nouvelle Vague actually delivers the strangest and moodiest set of sounds since Beth Gibbon's last venture into the public domain. So why do the cover versions on this album sound so strange and otherworldly when they could have sounded so feeble and bland? It's the cracked `torch' singing style employed by the various women on this album, it's also the sneaky musical subversion, whereby boss-nova is turned into something darker than it's meant to be, and it's the clever use of instrumentation by the two Frenchmen behind this project. So The Undertones' Teenage Kicks, XTC's Making Plans for Nigel and Killing Joke's Psyche, for example, sound like songs from a musical world where the past was female, rather than one that was mainly boring and blokey. Maybe it's the creation of this alternative reality that makes Nouvelle Vague one of the creepiest listening experiences I've had for some time. New Wave? Tidal wave more like, as this album is going to wash away all prejudices and preconceptions about cover versions, Bossa Nova and the merits of post-punk.
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By Curlynob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Brazilian music, at least the sort that they export anyway. Celso Fonsecca, Bebel Gilberto, Cibelle and those classic Jobim recordings of the 60s, they all float my boat. I have to admit that i am only familiar with half of the original recordings on this CD, but it really works for me. I imagine that if you were a fan of the British New Wave, rather than the Brazilian New Wave (Bossa Nova) then this record might only hold novelty value for you, but the songs as they exist here stand up in their own right. By turn they are fun, sexy, cool and a little bit nutty. Yes, I AM a fan of "smoky french female singers" and yes i DO like an "unremitting bossa nova beat", if you do too I'm sure you'll quickly become a fan of this little beauty.
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