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Quickfire Questions #50: Owlle

 
By on Thursday, 1st August 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Lovely Paris singer/songwriter Owlle recently stopped in London to play at Lovebox Festival and we thought it might be nice for her to answer the TGTF Quickfire Questions. If I recall, she’s the first non-Brit, non-American to answer them, though I have to say that her answers are so thoughtful, including the last one about what she would do if faced with the ultimate question at the Gate of Heaven. (Seriously, read on. BLESS.)

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Portishead – ‘Only You’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
“Every sha la la la” ‘Yesterday once more’ by the Carpenters, I was a big fan of them. Even if I didn’t understand any of the lyrics by then, guess I’d relate to them, the first verse says it all!

When I was young
I’d listen to the radio
waitin’ for my favorite songs
when they played I’d sing along
it made me smile

What song makes you laugh?
‘Aragon et Castille’ by Boby Lapointe. This French artist had a fantastic sense of humor. Vintage French humor!

What song makes you cry?
Antony and the Johnsons’ ‘Hope There’s Someone’. There is so much emotion in there…Antony’s an old soul.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Sébastien Tellier – ‘La Ritournelle’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Something energizing like Rihanna or Major Lazer!

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Adele – ‘Someone Like You’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
David Bowie’s lyrics are just fabulous. It’s perfection to me, I would love to reach that kind of perfection one day myself!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Probably a videographer. I did study video at the Beaux Arts, I actually hope I’ll get to direct someday, for myself or others!

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Oh god …for it’s impossible to make a choice, I’ll make a totally egocentric one here so I’d take my debut album with me! I’ll play it to God and everyone around, eventually I’ll get to play a few gigs in heaven too. You get the idea. And for I have a pretty good memory, I’ll play everything else that I love in my mind…or start a cover band…in heaven.

Many thanks to Owlle for answering our questions and Victoria for sorting this out for us.

 

MP3 of the Day #748: Owlle

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd April 2013 at 10:00 am
 

We first became aware of the lovely creature that is Owlle from her appearance on the ‘Kitsune Parisien II’ compilation last year. The Parisian chanteuse is now giving away a free track, the Moonlight Matters remix of the title track of recently released EP ‘Ticky Ticky’. Grab it from her Facebook here. Her debut album will follow soon.

 

Album Review: Various artists – Kitsune Parisien II

 
By on Monday, 13th February 2012 at 1:40 pm
 

It must be nice to live in Paris. If only for one thing, I have this idea in my head that you must never be far from the music influence of Kitsuné chief Gildas Loaëc. I really should send him a bill for all the incidentals surrounding my 2010 Delphic and Two Door Cinema Club gig chasing because after all, he’s the one who gave these bands the green light and now both bands are known the world over.

We’re in 2012 now, and Gildas has hand-selected another batch of bands who are either Paris-based or have some kind of Parisian/French connection and as the press release suggests, the purpose of this compilations is to “gather and present to the world some of the romantic city’s freshest players”. This couldn’t come at a better time; as Editor of TGTF it hasn’t escaped my notice that we haven’t posted a review of a true dance album in a while (partly because I am outnumbered by the mostly male, rock-loving writership of our blog), but this is something that needs to and can be to swiftly rectified with my sharing of thoughts on this comp. So here we go…

Let’s start with the standouts of this album. ‘Angelina’, the offering from Nameless (promo video below), is the earworm of the collection, with Two Door Cinema Club style-y guitars and an infectious as hell chorus. I’ve been unable to find a Web site for the band, as there seems to be a hip hop producer, bands in America and Argentina and even a digital communications in Bristol that go by the ambiguous name ‘Nameless’, so if anyone can hook a sister up… Juveniles’ ‘Ambitions’ is cut from a similar cloth, except I’m guessing those of you who don’t like dance clubs will think it too in your face; it should come with a defibrillating warning.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAmMx7lr-bE[/youtube]

It should also be noted that this album is heavy on strong female vocals: ‘So Long My Love’ by girl/boy duo Tomorrow’s World is minimal on the beats but heavy on class, solo artist Birkii’s beauteous voice dazzles over ‘80s synths, while Owlle’s ‘Free’ (Parisien mix) will conjure up Bat for Lashes.

Need a break from vocals? Beatacue’s ‘Kiho’ is a refreshing and freeing orchestration of sound that should get bodies bumping. At barely over 4 minutes, they could have kept going and I wouldn’t have noticed, lost in the music. Pyramid, a 21-year old from Lyon who has admitted Daft Punk is a massive influence, proffers ‘The Race’, which was recorded on a laptop in his bedroom. When you listen to well-formed dance tracks like this, you figure you might as well give up.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8vWc42r8-g[/youtube]

On the other side of the spectrum, Wolfpack Beartrack’s ‘Modern Realm’ does go modern, in the sense that the vocals border on the hip hop side of the city that I’m not bothered with. No thanks. Kitsune is promoting Exotica as a supergroup, but the melody of ‘Spectrum’ seems tinned and rehashed from a previous era. ‘About the Girl’ by Tiger Evolution: Josie and the Pussycats? Thanks, but no thanks. Except for these few missteps, it just goes to show that Gildas Loaëc has still got it – it being the ability to separate the wheat from the chaff, to suss the potential diamonds in the rough from thousands of contenders. It’ll definitely be interesting to see which of these newbies will rise to stardom. Until then, put on your dancing shoes and give this collection a whirl.

8/10

Kitsune’s latest compilation, ‘Kitsune Parisien II’, is out today. The digital release includes two bonus tracks: SingTank’s ‘The Party (Lucas Sorel remix)’ and KIT’s ‘Those Words’.

 
 
 

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