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Top 10 French Albums

 

The FIFA World Cup has come to an end with France being crowned World Champions! To mark the occasions we have compiled the Top 10 French albums of all time. On with the list, and like any good World Cup Football game, let the controversy begin!

Number Ten

Camille – Le Fil

Number Nine

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Number Eight

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Number Seven

Alain Bashung – Fantaisie militaire

Number Six

Serge Gainsbourg – L’Homme à tête de chou

Number Five

Air – Moon Safari

Number Four

Alcest – Les Voyages de l’Âme

Number Three

Les Discrets – Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées

Number Two

Daft Punk – Homework

Number One

Magma – Kobaïa

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Interview with Clea

Brisbane artist Clea today serves up another dose of ethereal dream pop in new single ‘Cool Days’. The track is lifted from Clea’s forthcoming debut album, due out later this year. Accompanying the track is a stunning visual shot on 16mm film, which Clea had a
strong hand in bringing to life. In support of the release, Clea will be embarking on an east coast tour, headlining shows in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Tomatrax caught up with Clea to ask a few questions.

What inspired you to become a musician?
I was madly in love with photography, film and even obsessed with athletics at a young age, music was always in the background, a way of desensitizing from the world but was never the main focus. I think that’s where I developed my introspective style, it was not until I was 17 years old that I started performing gigs other than in my bedroom. As the gigs frequented my passion for music bloomed and surely enough became my ultimate creative output.

When did you write your first song?
When I was in grade 4. I can still remember it to this day. It was about a boy who was too cool for school and yet he wouldn’t stop flirting with me haha.

What was the inspiration behind the video for ‘Cool Days’?
The idea was inspired by the shapes and colours that can be found in our everyday surroundings. Jen, the director and I created a Pinterest board of amazing photographs that helped crystalize our desired visual representation of the song. We resonated with the images that had strong subjects and compositions but were set in ordinary settings. I love transforming the simple into the sublime.

You’ve said how ‘Cool Days’ is a song about “appreciating the pleasures within the mundane of day-to-day life”, do you find this a challenging thing to achieve day-to-day?
Absolutely. I practice everyday to be in a frame of mind and place where I can enjoy the full journey. I can’t rely on receiving my satisfactions purely from the large and exciting experiences, otherwise I’ll be waiting and longing for a large portion of my life.

You play a big part in putting together your videos for your music, when writing do you have an idea on how the visuals to the song should look?
Not necessarily, for me the writing always comes first, which then informs the visuals. When I formulate a music clip idea I listen to the song many times then allow my body to move till it feels right, I then try and capture ideas from those movements.

You have a debut LP coming out, how will the LP compare with your previous work?
There will be similar quirks and chimes to previous work but ultimately it will differ in many ways, mainly because I feel I have grown and evolved as a musician since, so naturally my music will follow.

What will the album be titled?
Can’t say just yet! I’ll give you a hint…’Red’ (nothing to do with T-Swift)


Was it hard to pick what made it onto the album?
It was surprisingly easy…when you listen to songs over and over a natural pattern of what fits and what doesn’t seems to become obvious.

 You’ll be touring in support of your latest single, what can fans expect from your show?
Synchronised dance moves, 110% heart on the line and of course shinny pants.

Do you ever listen to your own music?
Just after the songs/albums completion it’s all I can listen to! A bit vain I know…haha. But once the songs are released I rarely even give them a spin.

What other music do you listen to?
At the moment I’m listening to Alvvays, Japanese Breakfast, Grizzly Bear, Air and as always The Beatles.

What do you have planned once the album is released?
The plan is to get right back to it and make another album! Of course I also intend to play as many shows as humanly possible and promote the album like there’s no tomorrow.

 

CLEA’S ‘COOL DAYS’ TOUR
Fri 3rd Aug – Waywards, Sydney
Sat 4th Aug – Workers Club, Melbourne
Fri 10th Aug – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Check out Clea’s website to find out more!

MASS SKY RAID ON THE ‘EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN’ WITH NEW SINGLE

 

Mass Sky Raid are standing at the ‘Edge of the Unknown.’ Today they are announcing the release date and details for their brand new album ‘Science of Fiction.’

Gold Coast alternative/rock outfit Mass Sky Raid formed in 2011, releasing their debut EP ‘Courage Under Fire’ mid 2013 and then supporting high profile Australian bands including Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja as well as UK exports I Am Giant.

Vocalist for the band, Adam Lomas, describes the new record was “…inspired through each members desire to evolve and gain more understanding about themselves and to challenge their own ideas and concepts. Each song is a reflection of personal experiences which explore the struggles, sacrifices and feeling of alienation that can be faced in the search to live your dreams and create a world that gives your life true meaning and purpose. Through each sonic layer the music builds on these emotions and creates a platform for the listener to break free and find their own destiny.”

The “Edge of the Unknown” filmclip was Produced, Edited and Directed by Tyson Leith. The “Science of Fiction” record was Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Mathew Bartlem and engineered by Tyson Leith & Zachary Hylton.

 

Mass Sky Raid are now getting ready for their first full length album to release mid 2018 with huge anticipation.

Check out Mass Sky Raid’s website to find out more!

Interview with Joey Keating from Tired Eyes

Up and coming Brisbane four-piece Tired Eyes have just put out their debut EP In Denial, Force a Smile. Tomatrax caught up with Joey Keating, the band’s lead singer to ask a few questions

How did the band form?
We’ll, the band actually started by Jesse and I meeting through a mutual friend. We identified that we both had similar musical tastes and influences, and that was about enough to solidify our close friendship. From there, I met Sam through his sister Claudia – the two of us did two years of college together. I came around to her place to study and heard Sam out in his home studio. I joined Sam in playing through some Underøath tracks and the chemistry in the room alone was enough for me to pursue him as a member. Judah, being Jesse’s brother, was close to home and the perfect element to add to the band – without his musical dynamic in the mix I think we would just be another run of the mill rock band. All members bring their own flare and flavour to the band, and without those elements we wouldn’t be the same.

Where did the name ‘TIRED EYES’ come from?
The name ‘TIRED EYES’ really has it’s own meaning for each of us. For me personally, I decided to pitch the name because a lot of my bedroom writing happened late at night when I couldn’t sleep. I was exhausted and hurting in myself and searching for solace in writing – kind of like David in the Book of Psalms. I saw the name to be appropriate as most of our members have experienced an element of the same kind of searching – the name resonated and stuck with the boys.


What made you pick “Outta sight” as your latest single?
We thought ‘A Place, A Space, A Symphony’ would be a good first single because it’s hook chorus and the shock value of the spoken word verses. The overall risk of that track made it a good first candidate. We found it would only be fitting that once we made a bit of an entrance into the public eye with a track that was a bit more ‘out there’ to then bring out our most palatable, pop influenced track to appease the wider audience. ‘Outta Sight’ has been the most common favourite track amongst close friends and family who have reviewed the EP, so we thought it would be a smart move.

You have your debut EP coming out soon, how will the rest of the EP compare with your first two singles?
I think each track really stands alone and has it’s own place within the ‘TIRE EYES’ finger print – showcasing elements of the band, and alluding to fans what our sound is capable of. Each track is it’s own narrative and has a different expression making the EP as a whole unified but very much so individually exclusive from track to track.


Where did the title ‘In Denial, Force a Smile’ come from?
In Denial, Force A Smile‘ really embodies the narrative of the EP. The concept is wrapped up in the idea of being in denial in the midst of serious issues and conflicts and forcing a smile to bring the people around you to believe that everything is fine. I think all people can related with this feeling, or have had this experience at least once within their lifetime. From this place there are some real experiences and stories that I wanted to share and communicate with people, and from that place the EP was born.


You draw on elements of post-hardcore as well as cinematic classical scoring and pop sounds, is it hard to get the different elements to work together?
To me personally, I think all elements of musical influence are subconscious unless deliberately drawn from. While writing, I don’t think any one of us is actively thinking about ‘how we’re going to make the cinematic element work in this track’ or ‘how we’re going to squeeze the pop chorus influence into this interlude’. The whole thing develops organically and in the midst of it all working together you can recognise the elements as they appear naturally.

When writing what comes first, the words or the music?
It can really go either way. Sometimes, I’ll just have a lyrical hook that sticks in my head during the day and I build a song around it. Other times, I sit down with a guitar and feel out shapes and sounds and after a few minutes a song there. I find that if the writing process feels like a drag or like a chore then I’m just better off walking away and letting it come naturally later down the track. Some of the greatest hooks and songs I’ve ever written haven’t been slaved over for months and months but have come in a moment and been finalised within an hour.


Do you ever listen to your own music?
Yeah, heaps! I listen to my own songs daily. Haha.
I think I definitely write to appeal to an audience, but I also want to write music that I want to listen to. The elements that we bring together as a band are ultimately what I want to hear in music, so I love listening to our tracks – especially listening to their evolution as they go from an idea and develop into a final mix.


What other music do you listen to?
All sorts! I manage a specialty coffee bar, so I actually spend a lot of time listening to low-fi and 00’s rap but in my personal time my musical taste heavily varies on my mood and the day. It can go from fun, easy listening like John Mayer or The 1975, all the way to deep feels with Jeff Buckley or Bob Dylan. I do listen to heaps of music within our sub-genre of music too, but there would just be too many to list them all. A few stand outs would be…
From Indian Lakes, mewithoutYou, As Cities Burn, Movements, Underøath, Nothing But Thieves, Levi The Poet, La Dispute, Balance and Composure


What do you have planned once the EP is out?
As a band, I think we still have so much music burning on our hearts that we want to share with the public. So, I think after the EP is released, we’ll play some fun shows and hopefully build a solid fanbase and then prioritise getting back into the studio to produce some more music to share with you all.

Check out Tired Eyes’ Facebook page to find out more!

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