love will tear us apart again

Nouvelles Vagues is...well... an experiment. Basically, these two French dudes decided to start a band with some kids from my generation who were somehow completely removed from everything wonderful about 80's new wave, and remake songs from Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Bauhaus, etc. etc. The songs are sweet and quiet. They are often heavily accented. There are touches of the Carribean and Brazil. The idea was to delve into the connectedness of 80's punk and new wave with its (seemingly unrelated) predecessors. There are reggae beats, blues rhythms, there is calypso and quiet guitar. The various songs feature various french female singers, and they are quiet exquisite. Who knew?

Even better, they'll be touring the U.S. soon (and playing in my town with a band I've been waiting to see all year).


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