We enjoyed listening to your song “NADIR”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
And we can’t be more satisfied if you enjoyed it! Nadir is about a fever that comes at night when you think about memories and regrets. At the beginning of “MONSTEROSA” ‘s birth, we just wanted a new direction, with energy and colours, but also sincerity. Then, Basile just used all his groovy inclination and put some into a rhythmical melody, and that was it! Our songs are often built thanks to the concept of assembly. We add small glitchy things to another. We try to manage layers and everything. “NADIR” is the feverish note of our album. In astronomy, the nadir is the opposite of the zenith, the lowest point, the position of the sun in the deepest part of the night, for us it was a state in which the fear of abandonment becomes a panting and panicked race. The awareness of affection’s value. And after been dancing and drinking on the song, we added Sarah’s voice and tried to answer the questions that inspired us. Dancing is about taking out your stress, your bad waves. At the end, you feel serene, even when you think about doubts and questions you have about yourself.
We’ve watched the music video that accompanies the song. What ideas went into making the video and is there any story – or message – that you hope the video contains?
This was our first official video clip. We wanted to be honest, to be the “live version” of ourselves! We wanted our vision of music, something that can be very serious and quite funny at the same time! It’s really like us, constantly ambivalent. We also wanted and show something within a beautiful place and something we love: what a better choice than a record store? Where you can listen to music, in the city we’re living in? So we decided to join both ingredients and that ends up on this final piece of work!
If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
That is not an easy question… I (Sarah) think the best way to describe a sound remains in giving a listen to it. But if you need words, I would say that it’s a mix of punchy and hips’ dancing atmosphere, walking through a melancholic groovy melodies. It reminds some stuffs from the Red Hot’s songs, or Balthazar’s songs.
“Nadir” has a subtle 80ies’ funky pop vibe, somewhere between Peter Gabriel’s stuff and INXS, but without the brass!
What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Our very first concert was a good moment, shared with friends, organised by us some days ago. There also were people we don’t know that much, and the place we played in was managed by really sweet people. It was not planned, and it made the moment very beautiful. Our release party was an incredible gig too, in a well known café-concert in Strasbourg, it was our little Glastonbury’s festival! The listeners were really into our music, we felt connected in a weird strange musical way. Regarding our bucket list, is that too much to talk about Paris Bercy’s Concert Hall to that question? We like to talk about dreams we have and if we would have one similar, it is to play on huge scene and scream “put your hands up in the air!”. We’re joking about it but in reality, it could be really fun and we would certainly enjoy it a lot! More seriously, to play outdoors’ music festival is a visceral dream for me, since I (Basile) was a kid!
If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
Basile – “The 1975”, without any hesitation, I’m a disgusting fanboy!
Sarah – I think my dream live booking would be “Balthazar”, or maybe “Her’s”, or maybe “The Strokes”!
What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
‘Don’t know if you ever heard about looking for A name? That’s a really cool band!
Sarah – I personally recommend Tamino, Charlie Cunningham, Patrick Watson, Nick Mulvey, but also Pauline Croze, Her’s, Matt Corby and Vulfpeck are a really good stuff to my ears.
Basile – I strongly advise people to listen to “The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg”! I was a sucker for this wonderful album by Beatenberg lately…! Also, please, give a listen to that mind-blowing band called Video Age! Their album untitled “Pleasure Line” is simply excellent!
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