Nouvelle Vague – If I could be happy (Epic 2017 #188)

The Epic 2017 Project #188: 170707

Nouvelle Vague – If I could be happy (2016)

This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer, Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and, soon, Liset Alea. The gambit paid off, with sales of over one million records over four albums released between 2004 and 2010, and world tours that included stops at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and Paris’ Olympia.

Since 2011, Nouvelle Vague had stopped recording, focusing on an innovative live show created in collaboration with the mythical Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Ceremony and Dawn of innocence,) and branching out into different projects: Olivier’s Uncovered Queen of the Stone Age, and Marc’s Bristol, along with his Kwaidan label.

So 2016 seemed the right time to write a new chapter in the Nouvelle Vague saga: with a new album “I Could Be Happy” and live show, the band and its coterie of female vocalists continue their time travels with a renewed alegria. Nouvelle vague by Nouvelle Vague and Some Friends is thus more of a nexus of forthcoming projects: a new album comprised of punk and post punk standards imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and, for the first time, a bevy of surprising Collin/Libaux which prove that the two producers are more than prodigious arrangers.

This album is also the opportunity to gather again the pioneer singers of Nouvelle Vague: Élodie Frégé, Mélanie Pain, Liset Alea, Nadeah and to find other guests as Camille or Clara Luciani. A worldwide tour to promote it began in Europe and Asia and continued through South America and the U.S.A. earlier this year.


Camille – Cat and Dogs (Leaping Ahead #320)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #320: 161115

[Song from a band seen in 2012]

I think tonight’s gig at the Kentish Town Forum in London will be the 11th or 12th time we’ve had the pleasure of seeing Camille live. In 2012 though, it was at the London Barbican (27 April). This evening, she’s performing as part of the lineup for Nouvelle Vague.