We cannot hide our excitement for tonight’s exclusive premiere on Last Day Deaf; ‘Discothèque‘ is the final focus track, lifted from the new album ‘Été Meurtrier (One Deadly Summer)’ out via !K7 released on Friday, 30th September.
80s new wave is ideally combned with elegant, synth-pop melodies, sensual, female vocals, nu-disco naivete, resulting in an atypical homage to the most sublime early to mid-80s dance-pop acts. Kinky, irresistible, super sexy and utterly addictive that will make you shake to the rhythm!
Sleepless nights, tears and glitter. This is how to define 3615 Nuits Blanches. Antonine and Arnault started working together in 2015 and released their first album “About Last Night” two years later. They return in 2018 with the EP “Confession Intime”. Antonine has worked on several projects, released several solo singles, an EP and a handful of covers with H1987, collaborated with neo-soul duo Pacific Shore and is currently working with French band Noroy. Arnault is better known under the pseudonym Douze, especially for his collaborations with French Touch titans Alan Braxe & Kris Menace, while doing remixes and productions for Sally Shapiro, Simon Lord (Simian), Robin Thicke, Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) to name a few.
French alt-pop electronic duo 3615 Nuits Blanches share the final focus track ‘Discothèque’, lifted from the new album ‘Été Meurtrier (One Deadly Summer)’ out via !K7 released 30th September.
Following on from their recent single ‘Fin Août Début Septembre’, 3615 Nuits Blanches continue their homage to French new wave classics, drawing on a myriad of influences from French touch, electronica and synth pop; possessing an unnerving ability to blend styles and soundscapes to their will.
They say: “Discothèque is about a girl waiting for someone in a nightclub. It can be viewed as a follow up to ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’, a song from our previous album. The only exception being that now the girl is alone dealing with some unwanted advances. We are quite proud of this track as it was the first time Antonine had to rap on one of our songs.”
‘Sur cette plage sonore encore j’entends nos accords résonner’ (On this soundtrack again I hear our chords resonate).
This last sentence that comes to wash up against the waves can sum up this Été Meurtrier (Deadly Summer) on its own. Five years after a releasing their debut album, Antonine and Arnault return with a much more personal, intimate album, and sung in French. “We didn’t suffer from the pressure of the second album”, says Antonine. “Singing in French changed everything, as if we were making a record for the first time”.
Halfway between languorous pop and French Boogie, this new album pitches between synthetic escapades and urban immobility. Sometimes stuck between four walls to better escape along the coast, the lightness of the text intertwines with analog musings. Sometimes nervous, the groove of the first minutes contrasts with the lightness of the ideas. Elli and Jacno, Chagrin d’amour, Eurythmics or even Deux, mixed artist duo influences are meshed with the modernity of the themes addressed.
Envisioned as a summer album, Été Meurtrier is anything but a sunny record. Tinted with an assumed melancholy, this second opus once again confirms the mastered nostalgia of the group’s DNA. They add: “We draw on nostalgia to achieve timelessness. Writing in the moment but doing things as if it were 1983. It’s reassuring. If we tried to sound like 2022, we would sound corny”.
Written in September 2017, recorded in 2018, finalised in 2021, Été Meurtrier extends like an unforgettable summer love. Always in search of innocent simplicity, writing has been the cornerstone. The band explain: “Ideas flow, usually within hours. We take a few days back, if we still like them, we develop them. Starting an album is so easy, it’s paradoxical with the complexity of finishing it”.
And “Été Meurtrier” is indeed a successful album. The references intersect while avoiding clichés, the themes are sharpened with a laser saber, the production borders on Lo-Fi while remaining modern. But above all, ‘Été Meurtrier’ is a timeless record. No matter the season.
3615 Nuits Blanches – Été Meurtrier, out on September 30th 2022. Available on limited edition purple vinyl, black vinyl, !K7 and digital.