Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Somehow- from "Hidden Memories" - "Someday" and "Meaningless Thoughts In Dark Times" - Parisian Indie Pop

Somehow is an indie pop outfit out of Paris centered around DIY multi-instrumentalist Erwan Pépiot  (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard) and Aurélie Tremblay (vocals, cello). When I listened to the single Someday from their full length album "Hidden Memories" out on Toolong Records I was taken aback from Erwan's vocal performance which (to me) felt like a blend of Matt Berninger of The National and Morrissey of The Smiths. The song itself also feels Smith-ish in terms of melodic cadence (a bit) and it's kind of free form almost improvisational sounding lyrics. When I hear a band whose inspirations whether intentional or not feel so there it can be a double edged sword that rides the line between lovely homage and copy cat-ness. Luckily with Somehow their sound which also brings to mind Joy Division does not feel heavy handed but quite natural. However you "find" Somehow's spartan sound to be it has gotten under my skin. 

Listen to Someday and Meaningless Thoughts In Dark Times to feel the breadth and scope of Somehow. Then listen to the rest of the album.
Robb Donker

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