Halo Maud - Je Suis Une île

Je Suis Une île

Halo Maud

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12" Vinyl Album (Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl) 12 tracks 19.99
CD Album 12 tracks 10.99

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Halo Maud - Je Suis Une île

Halo Maud releases their debut album 'Je Suis Une île' via Heavenly Recordings on May 25th, 2018.

Limited edition coloured white vinyl available in our emporium. Vinyl does not come with a download code. Please email the emporium with your completed order to request the MP3 direct.


Hailing from the French proggy, psychedelic and experimental pop scene that birthed Melody’s Echo Chamber, Moodoïd and cult label La Souterraine, Halo Maud's ethereal songs flit between English and French language, focussing on notions of freedom and power through a wild and playful lens.



Right through the dream-pop sensibility and the swirling-synth psychedelia of Halo Maud’s debut album, something uncanny lurks. “I never did what other teenagers were doing,” she says, by way of explanation. “My father is a reverend but my mother rejected all religion, so I was always busy having a mystical crisis.” The record is rich with these contradictions, with the urge to be both precise and vague, wanting to be somewhere and wanting to run away.
 
The music also has a delicate balance between English and French. Maud Nadal grew up in rural Auvergne, in central France, and lives in Paris, but for years she wrote in English. “It took me a while to find my voice, to find my language even. I always listened to English music so when I started writing songs they were in English, too, and French came later. It's difficult – everything sounds good in English, French is much harder.” That push-and-pull between the languages, where a song often contains both English and French, is another example of the stories lurking beneath the songs - “When I sing in English, the words float away from me straight away,” she explains. “When I sing in French, I feel something different, something more immediate, and I think the audience do too.”
 
These songs are ethereal, they seem to float above: “Sometimes I feel that the way time passes is about how you look at it. It’s about patience and perspective. I like to play with time, in the music, speed it up, slow it down, play it backwards. Sometimes things make sense when you put them in reverse.” She’s talking about her life (of course) as well as her album: “The first song and the last song are a pair, about the traces and sensations left at the end of a relationship.”
 
The whole record folds in the middle, in fact, the second half looking back at the first with a flinty eye. That opening track, ‘Wherever’, is a sweet tumbling love song - her voice is delicate and sweet, until you notice it’s also spooky and sinister. ‘Du Pouvoir’, the almost-jaunty second track about confidence and finding your place in the world, has an evil twin on side B of the record: ‘Je Suis Une Ile’ samples ‘Du Pouvoir’ but plays it backwards, like an apocryphal 80 metal hit, and adds an icy rage to the optimism of the earlier song. The whole flipside of the album is a wonky mirror, with playful loops and percussion and keys that are always about to slip from mischief to malevolence.

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Reviews

"Keyboard-driven dream-pop with chiming guitars that give the air of post-Cocteaus psychedelia, Nadal's chosen oeuvre couldn't be more 'now': file under yet another reason why French women rule music in 2018."
- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ MOJO

“Je Suis Une île is tha rarest of things: psychedelia with one foot firmly in the future.”
- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Shindig! Magazine... the latest!

"Maud's vocals, switching between French and English, drift among the ether accompanied by gentle, floating melodies... Pure bliss."
- Electronic Sound Magazine

“An unexpected gem”
- Uncut Magazine

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl) (HVNLP155C)
  1. Halo Maud - Wherever
  2. Halo Maud - Du Pouvoir/Power
  3. Halo Maud - Chanceuse
  4. Halo Maud - Surprise
  5. Halo Maud - Tu Sais Comme Je Suis
  6. Halo Maud - De Retour
  7. Halo Maud - Baptism
  8. Halo Maud - Fred
  9. Halo Maud - Je Suis Une Île
  10. Halo Maud - Proche Proche Proche
  11. Halo Maud - Dans La Nuit
  12. Halo Maud - Des Bras
CD Album (HVNLP155CD)
  1. Halo Maud - Wherever
  2. Halo Maud - Du Pouvoir/Power
  3. Halo Maud - Chanceuse
  4. Halo Maud - Surprise
  5. Halo Maud - Tu Sais Comme Je Suis
  6. Halo Maud - De Retour
  7. Halo Maud - Baptism
  8. Halo Maud - Fred
  9. Halo Maud - Je Suis Une Île
  10. Halo Maud - Proche Proche Proche
  11. Halo Maud - Dans La Nuit
  12. Halo Maud - Des Bras

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