Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Juveniles - Fantasy

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

The world of electro-pop has been carefully revisiting every aspect of the first wave of bands to storm the charts making these kind of sounds back in the 1980s. Mostly this is the music, occasionally the image too, and here, the whole lot. French duo Juveniles recently released their self-titled debut album and single 'Fantasy' sees them going for the full-on new romantic experience. Musically this track is similar to much of what's been doing the rounds; plenty of synth, an insistent beat, bass playing that borders on becoming offensive (they're just a step away from Level 42 here, but that's probably part of the plan) and funky guitars.

I guess calling a song 'Fantasy' gives you the opportunity to go a bit mental with the video. So they have. It's part Human League and part Duran Duran, as the two band members find themselves in a huge country house with two women who they clearly lust over. You could call it psychedelic, but it doesn't fit the genre, although it is pure weirdness all round. Quite what the plot is we can't work out, but the two very glamorous women seem to be teasing them a considerable amount and generally being more interested in each other. There are plenty of segments that make no sense and plenty of costumes worn. The whole thing ends with our two heroes running up an incredibly long lawn wearing women's clothing and bright red lipstick while the glamorous women laugh at them. Yep, it's weird alright.

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Catch them live:

Jul 14 Musilac, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Jul 15 Montreux Jazz Lab, Montreux, Switzerland
Jul 19 Vieilles Charrues, Carhaix, France
Jul 27 Paléo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland
Jul 31 LA NOUVELLE VAGUE, St Malo, France
Aug 04 Festival Porto Latino, Porto, Portugal
Aug 06 CITADELLE DE ST FLORENT, St Florent, France
Aug 09 Festival Estivales, Saint-Quay-Portrieux, France
Aug 23 Plage De Rock, Saint-Tropez, France
Aug 31 Festival Rock in the Barn, Giverny, France
Sep 08 Rock'n Coke, Istanbul, Turkey
Sep 13 Festival Zikamart, Fully, France
Sep 18 Festival Scopitone, Nantes, France
Sep 20 Festival Marsatac, Nimes, France
Sep 21 Festival Elektricity, Reims, France
Sep 26 Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Sep 27 Festival Detonation, Besancon, France
Oct 05 LA CLEF, St.-Germain-En-Laye, France
Oct 09 La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Oct 10 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
Oct 11 RAZZMATAZ, Barcelona, Spain
Nov 22 L'ECHONOVA, St.-Ave, France
Dec 06 Connexion Live, Toulouse, France

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