Le Galaxie are back with their special brand of 80s fuelled synth-wave technopop, updated for the 21st Century, on their second album and big-label debut ‘Le Club’.
The electropop four-piece has been pegged by Hot Press as ‘Ireland’s outstanding party band’ and by The Irish Times as ‘a juggernaut…jack knifing into crowds, who are only too happy to take the hit’. Perfectly capturing their songwriting prowess, described by HMV as swinging ‘gently between morose and melancholy’, ‘Le Club’ aptly showcases the band’s striking versatility, emotion and intensity.
‘Le Club’ takes you through Le Galaxie’s vision of a retro future. Reminiscent of Kavinsky and M83, meets M.I.A. and Hot Chip, it features the likes of Elaine Mai, MayKay from Fight Like Apes, and African Ireland-based Senita Appiakorang as special guests. ‘Le Club’, the title track – inspired by a sample from 1984 film ‘The Woman in Red’’ – was recreated using a voice actor, whilst the saxophone solo that closes single ‘Love System’ evokes Gerry Rafferty staggering around Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Opening track ‘Put The Chain On’ is acknowledged by the band as a “start with an earthquake and build from there” moment, but ‘Le Club’ is a record for the days and for the nights, for the dusks and for the dawns. Although recorded in Sun Studios in Dublin, the band travelled to Los Angeles, the spiritual homeland for their music, for its production, and worked with DFA/LCDengineer and producer Eric Broucek. Eric brought the likes of ‘Tell Me Twice’ to life by drawing influence from MK’s 1992 track ‘Burning’.
One of the standout tracks of the album, ‘Love System’ was chosen as the anthem for Ireland’s successful Marriage Equality‘YES’ campaign. Meanwhile, its visuals – directed by MTV Music Video Award nominee Brendan Canty (who directedHozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’) – recently premiered on US music industry bible, Billboard. A slow fade out is provided courtesy of glorious synth dream-pillow ‘Freeway Flyer’, described by frontman Michael Pope as a special tune designed to take listeners on a journey, whilst still hinting at all the journeys left to come.
The album is also accompanied by a remix of ‘Put The Chain On’ by Black Devil Disco Club, described by Dazed and Confused as ‘the father of experimental disco‘, as well as a deeper mix of ‘Love System’ by Young Wonder. Also featured is a disco-house remix of ‘Humanise’ from Blende, complete with 80s inspired percussion and a soulful piano riff.
Known to most for their astonishing live performances, Le Galaxie has become a regular fixture at festivals like The Secret Garden Party, Latitude, and SXSW. Fresh from headlining Ireland’s biggest festival Electric Picnic and performing at CMJ Music Marathon, the band will bring their magnetic energy to London when they headline at Electrowerkz on 25th November.
Directed by Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost, the same video director and production team behind Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’, the visuals for ‘Put The Chain On’ in the director’s words were “Inspired by the LA sunset imagery that the song evokes, the colours that we feel when we listen and the pure blistering energy of the band’s live show we set out to create an abstract video that captures all that. We wanted to make the band almost seamless with the visuals. To do this we shot them on green screen and then turned them into masks. Then we used the same footage as the background inside of them but played with the colours. To create that fast moving coloured texture we got a sheet of latex, wet it, then lit it with different colours and flapped it about. The result was really abstract and interesting! Mixed with this we used a simple shot of forest trees from a car window… as we filmed it we quickly zoomed in and out which gave it this warped type of energy. Then in post we experimented with layering these shots over each other and playing with the hue, moving them to the music. This video was a super diy and a lot of fun to make”
Album TRACK LISTING
01. PUT THE CHAIN ON, 02. HUMANISE, 03. STREETHEART, 04. LE CLUB, 05. TELL ME TWICE, 06. CNNXN, 07. LUCY IS HERE, 08. AM LA, 09. PM LA ,10. LOVE SYSTEM, 11. WHO US,
12. CHAUFFEUR, 13. CARMEN, 14 FREEWAY FLYER, 15.PUT THE CHAIN ON (BLACK DEVIL DISCO CLUB MIX, 16. LOVE SYSTEM (YOUNG WONDER REMIX), 17.HUMANISE (BLENDE MIX)