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“Singing in English was a form of resistance”

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The best song of “Alpha Zulu”, the new disc of the French group Phoenix, was recorded in telework. Because the quartet belongs to what could be called the Versailles diaspora. Singer Thomas Mars lives in New York with his wife, director Sofia Coppola. Thanks to the recording of “Winter Solstice”, the Zoom application has become the fifth member of the group. This is what these electro pop teleworkers explain to you on… Zoom, from New York, while you yourself are teleworking in the Gâtinais.

Introduction to electro-pop “absent” : “Normally, the four of us have been composing together since we were very young, as we did, in Versailles, in the basement of Thomas’s parentsexplains the guitarist Christian Mazzalai whose brother, Laurent Brancowitz, the other guitarist of Phoenix, lives in Rome. But there, because of the pandemic, we sent Thomas an instrumental loop with three chords. He himself composed a vocal melody and sang on it. We saved the first take. » Spatial distance, telecommunications, extra-vehicular audacity: it’s no longer Thomas Mars, it’s Thomas Pesquet…

We listened to Phoenix’s new album, “Alpha Zulu”: a disc in airplane mode, which flies over the competition

“Born from the frustration of having to confine oneself to a single musical genre”the rest of the album was recorded “face-to-face”, over two years, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris, whenever

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