Le Super Homard are a three-piece electronic pop band. They were formed by Christophe Vaillant, who was previously in ‘60s-style beat group Pony Taylor. The lineup is completed by Vaillant’s brother, Olivier and Pandora Burgess. They wear their influences, such as Stereolab and French pop artist Medhi Zannad, on their sleeves. Maple Key should appeal to fans of Stereolab, Broadcast and the solo work of Gruff Rhys.
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I wish I could just fucking escape. Away from the noise and the bricks and the concrete. I’d happily walk down a tree-lined street right now but until that can happen I’ll have to make do with the summery electronic pop of French three piece Le Super Howard.
If, like me, you like to spend an afternoon bathing gently in the sounds of the likes of Stereolab, the High Llamas and Fugu then this is for you. It’s jammed to the brim with 60’s sounding organs and harpsichords and vibraphones picking out lovely melodies whilst insouciant vocals glide on top. The music is lovely. On tracks like ‘On a Sofa’ (mmm sofa’s) the wobbling sounds are very similar to those created on High llamas ‘Could and Bouncy’ with lots of things oscillating amidst delicious chord changes. Delightful finger picked instrumental ‘Bitumized’ reminds me of some of the breezy music on Air’s ‘Talkie Walkie’ LP with a lovely easy listening feel which takes you immediately to some kind of wonderful resort. The album is a mixture of instrumentals and four vocal tracks featuring Pandora Burgess.
These latter tracks have a very Stereolab feel particularly ‘Dry Salt in our Hair’ and probably the only thing that holds the record back is that the vocals lack the character of a Laetitia Sadier or a Trish Keenan and so can be a bit inconsequential at times but the music is elaborately gorgeous throughout. We now just need summer to do it’s thing.
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