Testing 1 to 3: The Bureau Export Session
ILMC 29’s new series of lunchtime showcases kicked off with Testing 1 to 3: The Bureau Export Session, hosted by the French music export office.
Bodo’s Schloss welcomed post-prandial delegates to exceptional performances by four of the hottest contemporary artists on the French music scene, in the form of Bantam Lyons, DBFC, Juveniles and Sônge, fas well as cheese sampling and oodles of quaffable French wine.
These four youngsters from Brittany, now based in Nantes, create emotionally charged rock that speaks to the disconsolate child we all have inside us. The crafted indie of debut album Melatonin Spree, powerful as it is, won’t quite prepare you for the spine-tingling power of their live show, which has already left its mark on crowds in London and Liverpool (Sound City and Psych Fest). Reviewing their show at the latter, MOJO said “Breton teenagers Bantam Lyons stick out vividly; ‘80s bedsit goth angst married to ramming-speed drumming, torn-edges guitar, and a voice of Gallic gut-ache beauty.” Record label: Kshantu
DBFC are a Parisian band who create a wonderfully modern psych-tronica sound. Signed in the UK to PIAS offshoot Different, their music connects them with a fine lineage of French electronic music, British shoegaze and 60s psychedelia.
Their debut EP on French label Her Majesty’s Ship led to them being booked by the key tastemaker festival Les Transmusicales de Rennes. It was there that they caught the attention of the essential French weekly ‘Les Inrockuptibles’, who were quick to lavish the band with praise. They are fast becoming a favourite live band in France, and also played The Great Escape in 2016. Record label: Her Majesty’s Ship/Different
After a flying start in late 2011, and the release months later of their first EP ‘We Are Young’ on Kitsuné, ‘Juveniles’ the band’s Yuksek-produced debut album, was released in June 2013. Since then the band have travelled widely, staying true to their roots in Brittany, a region known to have a certain passion and curiosity for connecting with the world outside France. This passion led them to tour France and Europe, but also China, South-East Asia and South America.
Today, with this second Juveniles LP, we witness the evolution of a band, of an artist who’s more and more open to collaboration (Yuksek, Helen Feng, Joakim, Clarens, Le Comte, Lenparrot...) but also an evolution of his compositional process. Jean Sylvain has created a label (Paradis Rec.) with its own studio in which he invites people to work with him. And he has delivered an album on which his creative powers have been given free rein, the music radiating an elegance that listeners will want to luxuriate in. Record label: Capitol/Universal France
Part of an exciting new wave of French R&B (that also includes the likes of Bonnie Banane, OK Lou and Holybrune), Sônge’s tracks to date have seen her collaborate with electronic producer Sayem for a sound that’s modern, dreamy and sensual, and have already seen her play the Transmusicales de Rennes in 2016. A UK release and video are due in the spring. Record label: Warner