BOY

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BOY released their new album, We Were Here, in August and I am somehow just now finding out about it. And they are performing in Paris TONIGHT. 

I remember hearing one of their songs in 2012 and desperately searching for their music which I ended up using in a video I made for my bridesmaids. I had to subscribe to a German iTunes account in order to get their music and, unfortunately, I think this is still the case. BUT you can also listen in on Spotify. The Swiss/German band sings entirely in English and it's blissful and light. I can find a little bit of myself in the lyrics of each and every song.

www.listentoboy.com

Brigitte

Image: Brigitte, Illustrator: Delphine Cauly of Été 1981

Image: Brigitte, Illustrator: Delphine Cauly of Été 1981

I'm pretty positive that I share the same soul as this musical duo. They have been my absolute favorite French band for so many years now. They were recently invited to perform for Alcaline, Le Concert, which was aired on one of France's biggest tv networks. Their performance, set, and style was perfectly sultry and polished.

WATCH THE CONCERT HERE

BUY THEIR MUSIC HERE

Now, can we talk about their cover art illustrations?

Their cover art is the epitome of retro, french women in the fifties. Click here to see past albums and here for the "wallpaper" illustrations on their website. I tracked down the artist, Delphine Cauly, and drooled all over my keyboard when I saw her portfolio. Seriously, just look at her work, Été 1981. Follow her on instagram @ete1981. Girl crush.

I WOKE UP WITH DOE PAORO

You’ve traveled the world alone and studied in India. Tell us about your traveling experiences and how they’ve influenced your music.
 

After traveling and studying in India, I returned to the U.S. with a new clarity, and my first album, Slow to Love, just poured out. I’d been traveling for seven months by myself and ended up spending a month in a town at the base of the Himalayas, where I was studyingLhamo, or Tibetan opera singing. I’ve returned to India twice since that first trip to study with my Lhamo teacher. When I go back, I do a sort of self-study program. I am very disciplined—I practice three hours of yoga a day, an hour of Lhamo, an hour ofmeditation, hike in the forest, and write lyrics. I’ve written some of my best songs after returning from these experiences.

 

At one point, you quit music altogether. Why?


I had an idea of the kind of music I should be making, and it was derivative of other artists I liked at the time. It wasn’t going anywhere because it had already been done—I was frustrated and felt that maybe I wasn’t cut out to pursue music professionally. Ultimately, it was the best thing that happened to me, because in quitting, I killed off the ideas I had about what my music should sound like and started making what was authentic to my experience.

– Excerpts from Nylon Magazine interview by Sarah Rowland

Photo: Nylon 

Photo: Nylon 

"I killed off the ideas I had about what my music should sound like and started making what was authentic to my experience."

JAGGED LITTLE PILL

In honor of the 20th anniversary of my childhood anthem album. (insert praise hands)

I will never forget going to her concert on the acoustic tour at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. I remember her amazingly haunting voice filling every corner of the theatre when she sang "Your House" with nothing but a mic and a lamp. I also vividly remember waiting with my best friend for her to play I'm a Bitch and realizing that she wasn't the artist of that track. 

Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Alanis Morissette