Since I was lil tyke, the genre of choice that's defined my musical taste has progressed from Barney & Company to ghetto music to classical then jazz and finally rock - yeah it's sort of messed up, especially with that Barney to ghetto music jump. The easiest transition to make was jazz to rock. Don't ask me how, but the likes of Nina Simone transmogrified into acts such as The Clash practically overnight. Now the French must know about this semi-freakish genre jump, because somewhere, sometime ago, Nouvelle Vague was born. The idea was simple, take some classic rock tracks from the early 80s, strip them down to the simplest chords and dip it in the stylings of bossa nova. I pretty much just described a cover, but calling these tracks covers is infamous; most people don't even realize they're covers, and that's not surprising. Other than flipping the genre, the music is sung by young female vocalists that have never or rarely heard the original track changing not only the song but the manner of the songwriting as well. Their latest album, Bande a Part, was released June 27th and are planning an Americanada tour in September.
From Nouvelle Vague (all songs are right click - save as):
The Clash - Guns of Brixton
Nouvelle Vague - Guns of Brixton
The Cure - A Forest
Nouvelle Vague - A Forest
From Bande a Part:
Echo & The Bunnymen - Killing Moon
Nouvelle Vague - Killing Moon
The Cramps - Human Fly
Nouvelle Vague - Human Fly
Learn more about their music and their tour at the Nouvelle Vague site.
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