The New French Underground Wednesday 10 April, 2013
Uhh, highly doubt any of these bands are heathen droogies à la A Clockwork Orange as implied in a recent wave of fear mongering by French media on the degenerating state of civil society. But ohhh, what a glorious metaphor! If only it were true, though…
That’s not to say there is a strong correlation between rad art and social disorder.
Whatever’s causing so much gritty, far-out darkwave, post-punk, garage, and shoegaze to emerge from Paris and Rennes, a very eclectic scene is flourishing- maybe it’s the beginning of a new underground or something in French indie? Except, there’s nothing particularly “French” about FUTURE or other groups like Catholic Spray, Subtle Turnhips, Hermetic Delight, Dead, Venera 4, and A V G V S T. This is kind of important, I guess, because you don’t typically think of punk, garage or psych rock coming from France.
Floored by how awesome this recent wave of new music sounds, we’ve decided to create a compilation of current French shoegaze, garage, and synthwave artists. Many of whom were initially discovered via local Parisian labels and blogs such as Cranes, Inch Allah and Desire Records, as well as Foggy Girls Club and Walking With the Beast.
1. HERMETIC DELIGHT (pictured) – HOLY SISTER
2. MARIA FALSE – CARLIGHTS
3. SELENIAN – SNEAKERS
4. VENERA 4 – SEABED TERROR
5. DEAD – NO PLACE FOR US
6. JOIE NOIRE – KUP KUP (VALIS Remix)
7. TRÉSORS – MISSIONAIRES
8. A V G V S T – CALM (Ft. Nicole Kohl)
9. FUTURE – SKYLIGHTS
10. DEAD MANTRA – WAVE
11. BIKINI GORGE – STRANDED
12. FEELING OF LOVE – WAITING FOR CHEERLEADERS TO GET DRUNK
13. CATHOLIC SPRAY – HATE MY SOUL
14. T.I.T.S – CYCLOP
15. SUBLTE TURNHIPS – COMMENT
By: Psychic Hearts