Every so often a band subverts many of the expectations of retro-pop, and creates the most inspiring music by breaking all the rules.
Le Couleur does this effortlessly time and time again, creating a sound that lands somewhere between Prince, La Femme, LCD Soundsystem, Charlotte Gainsbourgh and even Françoise Hardy. The band is constantly evolving their sound from simple pastiches to a more fleshed out and immediate sound, and reinvent their own albums thanks to a cast of talented friends. This ingenuity and love for creativity is why we’re talking about Le Couleur for Music Mondays!
Though there’s a clever mix of pop and more free-flowing writing to Le Couleur’s work, it’s their dense and unique sonic pallet that always has us mesmerized from the first note. The band has been working tirelessly since 2009 but it was likely the double whammy of their Dolce Désire EP and their LP P.O.P that lead them to a wider range of listeners. Both records show a huge leap in maturity in the band’s writing, with a zero compromise approach to their brand of seventies and eighties-inspired dance pop. It was however a pleasant surprise when the band released an entire album of remixes of P.O.P track “Underage” as a remix album, and even more shocking was how well it kept the soul of the band.
Early on in Dolce Désire, there’s a sense of sophistication that makes their grooves all the more intoxicating, giving songs like “Club Italien” a powerful contrast of light and dark that drives it.
Le Couleur even blends the more rugged and ambient overtones of contemporaries like Chvrches, Miami Horror and even Lazerhawk in parts of the EP to give a range to songs like “Tendresse Particulière” and “Télé-Jeans.” P.O.P has an immediately stronger coherence to its sound, and Le Couleur wastes no time showing their stunning song crafting in tracks like “Nunca Sera.” Along with the heavier club influence on this record, their LP is also much catchier, tying in chorus chants on “P.O.P” and bright synth riffs repeatedly on “L’Amour Le Jour.”
The Underage Remix EP is a wondrous listen in itself though, as each producer brings their own take on the band through subtle changes. Tim Fletcher shows the band through a more dystopian lens, while Bleu Toucan showcases a vintage Miami vibe.
No matter what flavour you prefer the album has it all, including a lush and punchy remix by Rocky. There’s even a bit of primitive synth-pop and techno if that’s more your speed. The band recently played during the Montreal Taverne Tour but you can catch them next June 16, at Bar La Shop.
You can also keep up with them on Facebook!
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