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New French wave: Moodoïd

 

Moodoïd, Melody and the Echo Chamber, La Femme, Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains... Immortalized by Hedi Slimane, these four bands are riding the crest of an exciting new French music wave. Numéro met up with Moodoïd.

Pablo Padovani was the first to be surprised by the success, in 2013, of his new project Moodoïd. His first track, Je suis la montagne, made waves on the internet and his first E.P., which included the track, was  produced by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala,  a neo-psychedelic band already well-known back then and now worshipped for their album Currents (released in July). Moodoïd has also since gone into orbit. “My music was too quickly labelled psychedelic,” laments Pablo. “So I immediately set to work on composing an album that would be surprising in its abundant creativity.” The result is a delightful catalogue of surrealist, burlesque and absurd imagery. “I like to associate funny things. Sometimes it’s just an idea I impulsively jotted down in a notebook, like a man who gets crushed by a hammer. I love nonsense.” Two weeks of writing, three weeks of recording  and two months of fine tuning were needed to finish Le Monde de Möö, a fabulously chaotic album. It’s a dynamited version of French pop that oscillates between psychedelic visions, French references and languorous ballads in colourful baroque worlds. Nulméro met up with him.

Portrait Hedi Slimane for SAINT LAURENT MUSIC PROJECT PARIS SESSION I.

Moodoïd - Je suis la montagne

Numéro: How did the group get started?

Pablo Padovani: I began Moodoïd on my own. I went to film school before getting into directing, but the music world wasn’t completely unknown to me. My father was a jazz musician who was very open to world music, and I’ve kept that energy of improvisation and openness in terms of sound and composition. The idea of forming a band came from my wanting to play with girls, not necessarily seasoned musicians but friends. I was more interested in creating a human story that would journey onwards than in founding a group of professionals.

 

What were your influences?

My music was too quickly labelled “psychedelic,” so I immediately decided to start composing a first album, Le Monde de MÖO, that would surprise everybody in its creative plurality. I wanted to establish a very theatrical side to things, which is why we use costumes and make-up. I was very attracted to Surrealism, burlesque and the absurd. I think of my music like a catalogue of images and associations that are often rather surprising. The visual aspect is primordial with Moodoïd.

 

 

Moodoïd - Heavy Metal Be Bop 2

How’s your second album coming along?

My work process is very different than on the first. We’d brought out a first EP with four tracks [produced by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala] without having an album in mind. Success pushed us to produce a disc quickly: written in two weeks, three weeks of recording, two months to finish up... For the next one I’m going to take my time, even if I’d like it to come out in 2016. I have the impression that I’m less all over the place, that I’m following a definite direction. Perhaps I finally have more of an overview.

 

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Interview by Thibaut Wychowanok

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