Phoenix are gearing up to release their new album Ti Amo this summer and today you can hear its opener and first single ‘J-Boy’.
The band opened up about the album in a recent New York Times profile, describing a long recording process in Paris during extremely fraught political times. Despite that, they described Ti Amo as “incredibly colorful” and there isn’t a better way to describe this first taste.
At least judging by ‘J-Boy’, the French rockers seem to be inching further away from their previous crunchy, dueling guitar-driven sound and more towards the synth-driven power pop they explored on Bankrupt!.
Tahiti 80 quartet anglòfil francès que van debutar el 1999 amb un disc de pop resplendent i enganxós, ‘Puzzle’, quinze anys després el reediten i el tornen a presentar. Tenen la facilitat per la melodia de Phoenix, l’elegància de Air i l’alegria de viure del swing i el soul dels seixanta. A un dels seus grans hits, ‘Heartbeat’, apliquen la seva fórmula infal·lible: guitarres indie, sintetitzadors vintage i una veu lluminosa. Aquesta nit a la sala Razzmatazz.
Fickle Friends are about to enter their second life. Two years on from dropping their debut track ‘Swim’ onto the internet, the band are signed to a major label, hitting up festivals and heading out to LA on a regular basis to record an album. Phase two is off to a flyer.
Six months ago, however, the band were in dire straits. Their manager had quit; money was tight; and they were touring extensively in a banged-up Ford Galaxy. But after a rapid slew of upbeat singles and their breakout ‘Velvet’ EP, they bagged a recording contract with Polydor.
The band felt that there was no better way to start the new chapter than by re-releasing their deliciously catchy single ‘Swim’ – just “with a bit of help” this time. Natti describes their new single ‘Cry Baby’ as pop but with a “slightly mental indie feel” and with claustrophobic synths, scattered beats and a gigantic pop hook, she’s not wrong
They’re now working on their debut album with Mike Crossey (The 1975, Wolf Alice) in California and want to spearhead the alternative-pop renaissance, saying: “I think we just love pop music and we kind of just want to give it that cool, credible edge.” Their reincarnation may not signal a brave new direction, but the one they’re following is the pathway to pop perfection.