Breaking Through | 5 Questions with Biche
For Fans Of: Mild High Club, Melody's Echo Chamber, Stereolab
If Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala notoriety) shunned LA in favour of resuming his Paris residency after recording Lonerism, then produced a French-speaking Mild High Club album, it'd be a fairly accurate illustration of Biche's stylish, self-deprecating sheen on psychedelic pop.
La Nuit des Perséides was one of 2019's criminally underrated and overlooked albums (in my personal humble opinion), but the consolation from lack of said recognition is that their debut full-length LP signified the Parisian five-piece - lead by Alexis Fugain - now sit as one of France's most interesting contemporary guitar bands.
Casting a wry eye on the world that surrounds them, then re-emitting that perception via their sardonic Parisian prism, Biche closely weave the sonic minutiae of hazy psychedelia and laid-back lounge pop. With vocals delivered in their native French language, they make tales of boredom and mundanity seem kaleidoscopic. Intrigued with their output, we caught up with band leader Fugain:
- Who or what inspired you to make music?
All things, and nothing - every little thing that does impact on me and every little thing that doesn't. I guess my family circle inspire me too.
- How would you describe your creative process (in terms of writing/recording)?
Actually, I'm constantly looking for new ways to record, and of course to write new songs; for La Nuit des Perséides most of the instrumentals came first, then I took all the time I needed to find the appropriate melody and lyrics. We recorded it very 'neutral' in terms of sound, then we spent months putting all our music through tapes and old machines in order to find the ideal texture, that perfect vibe for it.
That was the process for our first LP, but now I'm more into formulating the exact sound throughout recording rather than production. Less mixing, or at least not above one song per day.
- Which of your tracks is your favourite to perform live, and why?
I can't speak on behalf of all the band for this question unfortunately, but to me, it's the last single we released in February, 'Discipline' - we extend it playing live, into this 8-minute long Krautrock-esque jam.
- If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
I've really been into Kit Sebastian for the past few months, and I'd love to collaborate with them one day. Of course, and still, having Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) singing on one of our tracks would be terrific.
- What's the best advice you've ever been given?
"Take the time to do nothing, even if you get bored cause being bored is necessary sometimes". I think doing nothing (or at least taking time out) can be a proactive exercise to a certain extent. That's all I'm talking about in our song 'L'Essor' actually!
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