OohLaLA!, the definitive international festival celebrating the best of modern French music, is coming to London for the first time this October.
The event will run over three nights at East London’s iconic music and arts venue Village Underground on the 21st , 22nd and 24th October 2013.
Monday 21 October / £12 / Get Tickets Fauve / Petit Fantôme / Moodoïd / Laetitia Sadier DJ
Tuesday 22 October / £15 / Get Tickets Dominique A / Rover / Melissa Laveux / The Line Of Best Fit DJs
Thursday 24 October / £12 / Get Tickets Lescop / Tomorrow's World / Christine & The Queens / The Quietus DJs
Doors open at 7pm on each night.
All three shows are aged 18+ (under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
Monday 21 October
FAUVE: Parisian post rock band FAUVE are quite the zeitgeisty phenomenon in France right now, similar aesthetically and sonically to British Sea Power, also reminiscent of Mogwai (but with more overt hip hop influences). FAUVE is an open collective that operates on various formats (music, videos, visuals, web, etc.) to put forth and share their common intention and belief: tell of the starkness of modern human relations, refuse defeat, have the right to weakness, the almighty power of words and the never-ending quest for love with a big L (whichever that may be).
Petit Fantôme: Petit Fantôme is the eclectic solo project of Pierre Loustaunau (Crane Angels, François and the Atlas Mountains). His songs are made of odds and ends, full of poetic moments plundering the depths of his soul and wrapped in well-crafted pop melodies. During this hazy, sometimes shoegazey voyage, Petit Fantôme pays homage to influences as diverse as Do Say Make Think, John Frusciante and The Notwist.
Moodoïd: Mixing psychedelic with world music, the songs of newcomer Moodoïd (aka Pablo Padovani, son of cult jazz player Jean-Marc Padovani and guitarist for Melody's Echo Chamber) evoke the tropicalism of Os Mutantes', the dreamy atmospheres of Connan Mockasin and the freedom of 70s French prog rock bands like Gong. Moodoïd's first single, the acid-fried ‘Je Suis La Montagne’ is out now, with his debut EP mixed by Kevin Parker to follow in September.
Tuesday 22 October
Dominique A: Dominique A is widely viewed as being the one of the most innovative French songwriters of recent years and subsequently an inspiration for a whole new musical generation including François & The Atlas Mountains, Françoiz Breut and Yann Tiersen. He was one of the first modern French musicians to find a new voice outside of the traditional constraints of ‘la grande chanson’ and to encourage others that it was possible to make music that reflected their tastes and feelings using the French language. His musical achievements were officially acknowledged by today’s French music industry when he won Best Male Artist at this year’s Victoires de la Musique (France’s Brits).
Rover: Some might say that Rover has the appeal of a Gallic Paul Banks or Spencer Krug, his intense new wave music providing the perfect compliment for his darkly poetic lyrics and distinctive octave-scaling voice. The French release of his debut eponymous album earlier this year brought much acclaim for the young songwriter, with the record charting at an all time high for a brand new artist.
Melissa Laveaux: Born to Haitian parents in Montreal, Mélissa Laveaux moved to France six years ago when she signed to No Format (also home to Chilly Gonzales). Laveaux’s style is self-assured: a combination of folk, indie, tribal percussion, her signature percussive finger-style blues guitar all topped with her rich and gritty vocals. ‘Dying Is A Wild Night’ is an elegant record executed with the depth of a well-seasoned artist and production values of Santigold or Goldfrapp.
Thursday 24 October
Lescop: Lescop released his cooly understated debut album via Pop Noire in the UK in June, with his sleek mix of no wave disco and post punk fast gaining the adoration of The Quietus, Time Out and The Fly. Lescop already had a credible reputation amongst savvy music lovers in his homeland, with ‘Lescop’ provoking a smattering of critical applause from the likes of Les Inrockuptibles, Libération, and Tsugi.
Christine & The Queens: Fresh from appearing at The Great Escape and releasing EP ‘Nuit 17 à 52? on Because in June, Christine and The Queens makes alluring electronic pop music sparkling with superstar charisma. Sonically she combines the vulnerability of Bat For Lashes, Lykke Li’s pop nous and Prince’sfunkiness, all making for a great live show where Christine slinks and slides across the stage like a femaleMichael Jackson.
Tomorrow’s World: Tomorrow's World make noirish cinematic pop, a joint venture between London-based singer and musician Lou Hayter and Jean-Benoit Dunckel of Air. Their eponymous debut album stalks the hinterland of Ballardian aesthetics, industrial electronics and soulful pop, being released earlier this year through Paris-based Naïve Records.