©Photography by Angélique Du
It sounds like a colourful 70's cop show duo, don't it?
By Steffen Armstrong
What a name! Then again Church and German Astronomer doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it? The name of France's latest Indie Psych saviours is Gliese and Kepler and their sound is pure colour. Pure colour. You need look no further than their bright demo covers, their arty single release Colors In Euphoria, and of course their imaginative electric guitar solos reverbed with dreams. It's colour. And it's quite brilliant. Take the latest release by Montpellian Parisians Colors In Euphoria, it's a sleepy dream start which explodes into incredibly emotive and imaginative electric guitar riffs and futuristic SFX...all supported by a single banging of the drum. Wherever you think you are when you hear it, like your in a jungle or flying in a bright coloured space, it's colour.
"We think that Colors In Euphoria has this pure and simple side that belongs to a pop song, with easy guitar parts offset by a more elaborate melody. For the video we wanted to depict the lyrics, in particular the "splashes of colors in euphoria" with ephemerals and magic moments of life".
It's a video which encapsulates the beauty and popularity of old film and DIY splicing. And though typical of what many bands are doing today with their releases, the video holds a certain charm, and in fact advances the beauty of colour within the record, despite the overused beach scenes and sunsets. Nevertheless it's cool. However what's cooler is the previous releases, in particular the four track Gliese and Kepler Demo release. Described by themselves as a "slowly progressing slug that knows where it's going", this slug has got some imagination, take a listen to this...
Just how lively is that jingle jangle intro? I feel like I'm on a train somewhere in India, and to say it was written 5 minutes before going on stage is a ridiculous feat. It's the opening track of a demo EP which continues in the same vain. It sounds interesting, progressive, dreamy, and more importantly colourful. The use of each instrument has been carefully considered in each track, bringing out the best of the band and their colour.
"More and more artists put electronic sounds at the foreground but the most part of the songs are shaped with a guitar, and the tradition of the instrumental rock line up keep influencing that recent music. Guitar will not disappear from mainstream music, it will be adapted to modern tunes".