Acts join Dominique A, Lescop, Christine and The Queens, ? FAUVE, ROVER + Mélissa Laveaux for a celebration of modern French music 21st, 22nd + 24th October at Village Underground
OohLaLA! has announced the final line-up of their inaugural London event in October 2013. Cinematic pop duo Tomorrow's World, electronic songwriter Petit Fantôme and psychedelic newcomers Moodoïd will join the six previously announced acts for this celebration of modern French music, happening at East London's Village Underground on the 21st, 22nd and 24th October 2013.
These acts complete the line up over three days, which also includes experimental songwriter Dominique A, no wave disco artist Lescop, polemic post rockers ? FAUVE, electronic popstar Christine and The Queens, dramatic new waver ROVER and genre-meshing French-Canadian Melissa Laveaux as well as dj sets from Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, The Line of Best Fit and The Quietus. A full breakdown of who plays on which day and tickets for OohLaLA! is available below. There's more Gallic musical delights to discover beyond Daft Punk's shiny masks and disco balls, with the OohLaLA! line-up representing a vibrant array of sounds issuing from the other side of La Manche.
More about the new OohLaLA! artists:
Tomorrow's World (Naive)
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 Naïve Records.
Inspired by the likes of Factory Floor, Angelo Badalamenti and Lil Louis, Jean-Benoit and Lou write all the music together in Tomorrow's World. The pair began recording in Paris in the summer of 2010 after Lou was recommended to Jean-Benoit, who had been toying with the idea of working with a singer during a break from Air. He heard Lou's solo project, The New Sins, and liked her voice so much that he invited her to Paris to see what could happen in the studio. The chemistry was undeniable and out of the desire to collaborate just once, the duo quickly created eleven dystopian love songs.
Recent single 'Drive' is - in the band's words - "the story of a woman escaping her past in a fast car". A new-wave widescreen pop song, it's the first track that Lou and JB wrote together for the Tomorrow's World project and embodies the sound of analogue synths, vintage drum machines and winter in Paris.
Petit Fantôme (Animal Factory Records)
Petit Fantôme is the eclectic solo project of Pierre Loustaunau (Crane Angels, François and the Atlas Mountains).
Often otherworldly, sometimes melancholic, Petit Fantôme invites us into his world to hear his first endeavours. 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.
Already with a couple of releases under his belt, Petit Fantôme came to the attention of the French media with the futuristic electronic sounds of 2011's 'Yallah EP'. Les Inrockuptibles hailed the EP as 'an impressive pop release full of insane ambitions. unlikely melodies immediately superglue an impressive layering of genres and emotions that are constantly colliding, like in a great maelstrom'.
Moodoïd (Third Side Records)
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. Sung in a French and full of poésie, his music is an impressively potent concoction, both catchy and summery.
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 through Paris-based label Third Side Records (also home to La Femme).
More about OohLaLA!
Founded in 2009 by Sylvain Taillet (head of A&R for French label Barclay/Universal Music France), OohLaLA! is an international multi-day celebration showcasing the best artists from the French indie, pop, rock and electronic scene. Previous line-ups have featured Sebastien Tellier, Tinariwen, Kavinsky, Nouvelle Vague, Citizens!, Brodinski, Gonzales, General Electriks, François and The Atlas Mountains to name but a few. Originating in Los Angeles, the festival has successfully expanded to take place in San Francisco, New York, Montréal and now London.