This record actually dropped sometime last fall on Fat Possum Records, but it’ so perfect for this time of year, and I’ve been enjoying it so much as of late, I figured I’d share it with you all just in case there is anyone out there who may not be aware of it yet.
The project and its eponymous LP, which draw their namesake from Parisian chanteuse Melody Prochet, sounds something like a cross between Broadcast and Tame Impala. So it really comes as little surprise that it was in fact produced by Tame Impala master-mind Kevin Paker. The Australian multi-instrumentalist’s hand print is all over this one, from the clattering drum kit to his signature fuzz guitar tone.
With that said, it’s hardly a Parker side project with a guest vocalist. The songs, which were written by Prochet but feature Parker playing many of the instruments, are fully realized pop numbers, that evoke something distinctly European and to this writer nostalgic. Like the great trip-hop and acid jazz of ’90s yore, this music is thick with blunted hazy atmosphere and dubbed affect.
Parker’s creative contribution though, helps to insure this is more than what otherwise may have seemed like a rehashing of DJ Cam or G-Stoned. His weighty mid tempo grooves and penchant for psychedelics and AM Radio ambiance make songs that might otherwise be run of-the-mill bossa nova/down-tempo into something much more strange and enjoyable.
“Sometime Alone, Alone”