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After a self-produced album ‘The Desert of Wasted Time’ (2016) that obtained a good critical reception in French indie webzines, Erwan Pépiot comes back with 9 new songs, gathered in ‘Hidden Memories’, a new album released in June 2017 on Toolong Records and mastered by François Fanelli at Sonics Mastering.
Erwan Pépiot is a DIY multi-instrumentalist based in Paris. He wrote, recorded and mixed the entire project on his own in his home-studio. Only one exception to the rule: Aurélie Tremblay’s voice, present on every track.
The vocals are the first thing that strikes you when you listen to Somehow’s romantic and melancholic universe. Erwan’s phrase and timber are in line with Morrissey and Ian Curtis, but the melodies show a real singularity and sincerity. Somehow’s surrealist lyrics deal with human relationships, the passing of time, and the ideas of change and revolution.
The bass lines remind us of The Cure or Joy Division and yet the imaginative arrangements and the wide diversity of sounds (acoustic guitars, keyboards, melodica, violin, cello…) are more in line with bands like Belle and Sebastian or Fanfarlo. The result is a unique and touching indie-pop.
On stage, Erwan delivers an intimate voice and guitar interpretation of his songs.
This brand new record has already received unanimous critical acclaim in French and international media:
“While the deep timbre of Pépiot’s voice is the first thing you notice, once you hear the bass line, you’ll be entranced. (…) The result is splendid” [The Revue]
“Between his emotive vocals and the bouncy bass line is a mounting melancholy that sweeps over lampposts and railroad cars” [Ohestee]
“‘Hidden Memories’ is most certainly an LP to add to the collection” [Emerging Indie Bands]
“Une atmosphère parfois mélancolique, qui nous happe, et dont on ressort rasséréné“ [Pop Is On Fire]
“Un hymne à l’innocence et à la jouissance de l’instant, entre plaisir et liberté“ [Indie Music]
The first single’s video clip has been featured on BIRP! and Les Inrocks.
New album ‘Hidden Memories’ – Release date: June 2017 – Toolong Records
Toolong Records // Alex Telliez-Moreni