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Émilie Simon Premieres Remix MP3 From “Rainbow” EP , Album Out April 26!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by dk

Émilie Simon

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.”
– Interview
“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.


International Sensation Agnes Obel Brings Philharmonics To The U.S.

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by dk

International Sensation Agnes Obel

Announces U.S. Release of


(April 12, PIAS America)

Listen to “Brother Sparrow” HERE

Agnes Obel Announces SXSW Show

“…her harp figures and affinity for animals bring to mind Joanna Newsom, though the pervasive sense of half-lit stillness in her music and delivery more strongly recalls Ane Bruno or Jose Gonzalez.”
– The Independent
“An exceptionally sparse debut, but utterly disarming too.”
– BBC Music
On April 12, internationally acclaimed songwriter/composer Agnes Obel will release her debut album, Philharmonics in the U.S. on PIAS America. For a sample of Agnes’ arresting debut, check out “Brother Sparrow” here .  Agnes will be making her stateside debut this Spring at SXSW.
Although Agnes is a relative newcomer in the U.S., she’s made waves overseas over the past year. Born in Copenhagen and currently based in Berlin, Agnes’ sparse chamber folk has been lauded worldwide. After building substantial word-of-mouth praise across Europe, Philharmonics was originally released in Europe on Play It Again Sam. The album was hailed by critics who compared Agnes to the likes of PJ Harvey, Joanna Newsom, and Roy Orbison. The album topped the charts in Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium and in France where publications like Le Monde and Le Figaro prominently featured Agnes as a new artist to watch. Following the release of Philharmonics, there were a series of sold-out dates in The Netherlands, France and Denmark. And in a bit of fortuitous happenstance, Agnes’ debut was certified Gold in France on January 21st, which also happens to be St. Agnes Day.
Listening to Philharmonics, it’s easy to see what’s made Agnes such a success. Stripped down and centered around her evocative voice, Philharmonics is striking work. Opening with the haunting instrumental of “Falling, Catching,” the song melds into the plaintive ballad “Riverside.” The lilting harp-based tracks like “Just So” and “Beast” rub shoulders with the poignant melodies of “Avenue.”  “Brother Sparrow” begins as a mournful elegy that morphs halfway through the song into an upbeat bit of chamber folk. From start to finish, the album is as beautiful as it is sparse.
Agnes Obel at SXSW:
Saturday March 19, 7:30PM
St David’s Historic Sanctuary 

Agnes Obel To Release Philharmonics in US, Download First Single For Free

Posted in Promotions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2010 by dk