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Nouvelle Vague

by dantana
13 years ago


If there’s anything more ludicrous than a bossa nova version of the Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk to Fuck”, I have yet to experience it.

Producers/players Marc Collins and Oliver Libaus have taken the soundtrack of poorly lit high school basement parties and turned it into the soundtrack for slightly better-lit basement parties.

Nouvelle Vague is 14 delicately arranged bossa nova/ low-key 60s pop renditions of punk and new wave songs featuring picks from The Clash, XTC, Depeche Mode, etc. It’s not the throwaway ironic novelty that one might expect; rather it is a respectful and even pleasant rundown of a mixtape from a cheating ex-girlfriend from my adolescent years. I caught her frenching Eric behind the bowling alley. That’s right, Karen, I couldn’t give a shit about who you made out with.

The mic duties are split among several female singers who pile on gorgeous vocals, often disregarding any shred of the original feel, purposely or not. Definitely sacrilegious, but definitely great.

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