Paris Banlieue Gueuseries

Label
Langue Pendue / Snap! Clap! Club
Released
16th June 2023

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Format Info

LP - black vinyl

This one was on our radar for a while – it actually came out on cassette a couple of years ago. Maybe there’s still hope for that second Hairband record. Anyway, I tried to write it up in a way that it felt to me – both familiar and unfamiliar. I could see that it didn’t really follow adult music rules, it had that absolute freedom that comes without knowing too much. The moment before everything gets broken. Sometimes to know too much about something gets in the way – ‘don’t tell me’ are three words we need to pay more attention to. But ok I’ll tell you something. Paris Banlieue make music for the city and for the city’s outskirts too. They’re unlikely, magical, an Eric Rohmer film, a Marine Girls cassette, a Beat Happening song sung by Heather – music that belongs to a parallel world which feels both normal and slightly altered. They’re French, they’re Spanish, they’re young, they’re ancient. Join their club. – SP

Sometimes to know too much about something can break the spell. ‘Don’t tell me’ are three words we need to pay more attention to. But ok I’ll tell you something. Paris Banlieue make music for the city and for the city’s outskirts too. They’re unlikely, magical, an Eric Rohmer film, a Marine Girls cassette – music that belongs to a parallel world which feels both normal and slightly altered. They’re French, they’re Spanish, they’re young, they’re ancient. Join their club.