Sunday, August 9, 2020

Antonin Appaix, Drab City, Cat Power & M… the playlist of the music book

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Each weekend, Tsugi’s webradio accompanies the music notebook of “Liberation”.

Tsugi · The playlist of Liberation 200704’s music book


The world of Appaix

She will have inspired stories, the road from the Corniche Kennedy to Marseille: at bookstores (Maylis de Kerangal in 2010) then at the cinema (Dominique Cabrera in 2016) and today in song with Antonin Appaix, newcomer to the Coast Azur who loves “Skateboarding, pizza, mechanics, fishing for sea urchins and spear fishing”.

Each time it’s a bit the same thing: young bodies, salty kisses, summer and already the melancholy that is coming. We find all that in Aquaplaning, first floating and spleenetic EP by Antonin Appaix, bringing together five beautiful clear line pop songs whose titles speak of the sensual inspiration of this great romantic young man with curly hair: Your skin against my skin, I’m thirsty, Across the sea… The program is that of more or less eternal adolescence: “Ride a farted scooter, hang around in the basket, dance on the rocks and lie to my mother.”

The sound is also in season, electro pop inconsequential to rebound nonchalantly without waking up during the nap. With his sleepwalker beats and his caressing voice, Antonin Appaix assumes his softness. Discovery of the Cracki Record generational label (Agar Agar, Lucien & the Kimono Orchestra…), its mixture of French song and nostalgic electro beats evokes a bit of the Paradise duo, especially in Your skin against my skin, one of the beautiful tracks on the EP. And then there’s the melancholy trip-hop of I am thirsty whose chorus repeats in a loop “I’m thirsty to go further” as if it were an impossible horizon. When that is all the evil we wish him. Alexis Bernier

Aquaplaning (Cracki Records)

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Drab City, Devil Doll

This mixed duo only has French nationality. Because musically, the roots are Anglo-Saxon: the lunar strangeness of the Cocteau Twins, the cracked charm of a Chan Marshall for the voice. An extraordinary personality. To dig.

Westerman, Easy Money

Not sure that the song brings this Briton of “easy money” but this title of his first album reveals an engaging artist who develops an adventurous soft rock somewhat reminiscent of the first Peter Gabriel. No, don’t go!

Philippe Cohen-Solal (feat. Angélique Kidjo & Mo Laudi), Afro-bolero

Superb Afro version of Bolero by Ravel in revolutionary song against police violence. The brain of Gotan Project has lost none of its talent for mixing the most varied influences. What a saraband!

Cat Power & M, Toop Toop (A Tribute to Zdar)

Tragically disappeared a little over a year ago, the immense Philippe Cerboneschi (“Zdar”) is honored by his friends who pay him a poignant and stripped-down tribute by taking up the biggest Cassius tube in acoustics mixed with a few scents of I <3 U So. We miss you.

Fred and Luna, Vision 3

The most bizarre duo of the electronic scene are back, Fred and Luna, two window mannequins from a Karlsruhe store. Behind the concept, the German Rainer Buchmüller, who pushes here the Kraftwerkian concept to its climax.



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