The Big Machine
(Le Plan, April 26; vinyl April 16)
Rainbow EP Released Today,
The Big Machine, Out April 26
“Rainbow” (Remix Émilie) MP3 Premiered On URB!
– The New Yorker
“… songwriter with a demure crackly voice whose music is rooted in Björk-esque notions of how technology and nature stream together.”
“… an electro-pop singer with a thump, purr, and sizzle.”
“Upbeat stomping epics that build and build”
– The Independent
One of France’s most renowned artists, Émilie Simon, launched her career in 2003 and immediately captured the imagination of a large audience with her sprawling and elegant musical fantasies, earning three Victoires de la Musique (France’s Grammy equivalent) during the course of her first three albums. She gained international acclaim for scoring the smash documentary March of the Penguins and saw her first US release in 2006 with The Flower Book. In 2008, she relocated to Brooklyn where she recorded her new album The Big Machine surrounding herself with talented guests such as Kelly Pratt and Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) as well as Jon Natchez (Beirut) or Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Brazilian Girls). The Big Machine will released April 26 on Le Plan. If you can’t wait until then, be sure to check out the Rainbow EP that dropped today on iTunes. You can download the “Rainbow” (Remix Émilie) MP3 from the EP where it premiered on URB!
The Big Machine is full of Émilie’s powerful and seductive voice, inventively playful arrangements, driving synths and rhythms, and prodigious melodies. “The Ballad of the Big Machine” driving piano and horns punctuate Émilie’s plea to let her in. The percolating rhythm of “The Cycle” commands you to dance as Émilie’s voice wraps itself around the beats and soars until the song explodes. “Rocket to the Moon” takes us back to an era that didn’t quite exist, it’s big band sound is reminiscent of the 1920s is also decorated with futuristic flourishes. “This is Your World” ends the adventure with a command to reclaim the world.
Émilie Simon is equal parts breathtaking grandeur and bewitching intimacy. Her iconic style has made her a respected voice in fashion. She is often seen donning dresses by Yeojin Bae, Jean-Paul Gauthier or Vivienne Westwood and collaborated with Paule Ka to design her stage attire. She blazes her own trail aesthetically, incorporating vintage clothing or up and coming designers to more established names, toying with fashion as she does with sounds.