I Could Be Happy (CD)


Nouvelle Vague

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Amoeba Review

11/23/2016

Nouvelle Vague could almost be mistaken for a novelty act if they weren't actually so good. The duo of Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux (plus several delicate, soft-spoken female vocalists) has made a name for themselves by transforming tracks by The Sex Pistols, XTC, Joy Division, and The Buzzcocks into loungey, space age era bossa nova songs that belong more at a tiki themed party than in the loud timbre of a punk venue. But I Could Be Happy introduces something new: original songs. And the best part is that they don't fumble for one bit. Maybe by cutting their teeth on covers of perfect and complex rock songs, their original material doesn't land flat. "Loneliness" could be taken as a nostalgic crooner track that seems influenced by the exotica vibes of Yellow Magic Orchestra as organic sounds are gently stirred with an electronic flavor than can only be described as "chill." But the unique covers are still there! New wave band Altered Images' seminal single "I Could Be Happy" not only provides the title of the album, but is also a real highlight. The joyous, bouncy track feels like it took a handful of painkillers as it slips into a mellow variation that's more like a walk on the beach than a jolt of punk electricity. The Cure's "All Cats Are Grey" was already a haunting track that was seeped in a mysterious atmosphere and offered a taste of what more serious-minded '80s bands would do. But Nouvelle Vague's cover has a childlike whimsy that overshadows the brooding nature of the original. Instead of droning synths and echoing drums, the air of tragedy is added by touches of Celeste and an accordion that fuels the angst. As 2016 proves to be a grim year, I Could Be Happy is a musical ray of sunshine. It's pure candy for the ears and a quiet treat to end the year. Pairs excellently with a sweet cocktail.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Athol Brose
Nouvelle Vague 04:41
2.
Love Comes in Spurts
Nouvelle Vague 02:36
3.
I Wanna Be Sedated
Nouvelle Vague 03:34
4.
I Could Be Happy
Nouvelle Vague 03:40
5.
All Cats Are Grey
Nouvelle Vague 03:43
6.
No One Is Receiving
Nouvelle Vague 03:21
7.
Maladroit
Nouvelle Vague 03:27
8.
Algo Familiar
Nouvelle Vague 04:21
9.
Loneliness
Nouvelle Vague 03:48
10.
La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps
Nouvelle Vague 03:31

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