Author Topic: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)  (Read 391 times)

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French band Le SuperHomard have just released their debut album Meadow Lane Park on Elefant Records and it's a lovely thing indeed. Nothing particularly innovative, but gorgeously produced and with cracking melodies that make it easier to overlook some of the 'familiar' elements to their sound.

If you have any love for the bands named in the thread title (or early Broadcast, The Soundcarriers or The High Llamas come to that) I'd recommend you give the album a listen. It's a delight from start to finish and perfect for soundtracking Spring.

Meadow Lane Park

Black Diamond

Kararoking

You might say it's a pastiche of a pastiche but unlike, say, Death and Vanilla, I think the sheer quality of the songs and arrangements allow you to look past their precedents.

Crabwalk

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 11:46:38 PM »
This is an example of why the ‘What are you listening to?’ thread had its place...

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 01:27:56 AM »
exactly!
it's really nice, but I don't have anything interesting to say about it. great band name too

edit: it reminds me a bit of another french band, Vanessa & the O's, which is more 'sunshine pop' oriented I suppose (weirdy the lead singer is credited as a guest vocalist in Scott Walker's The Drift!)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSVkTKoaiKU

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019, 10:46:17 AM »
Lovely stuff. Paper Girl is the perfect soundtrack to driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Carmel with it's echoes of Bacharach.

Picked up the Maple Key album as well so thanks for the heads up.

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 07:27:08 PM »
Do you like Fitness Forever, Neomod? ‘Paper Girl’ really reminds me of some of their stuff.

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 10:46:00 AM »
Do you like Fitness Forever, Neomod? ‘Paper Girl’ really reminds me of some of their stuff.

I wasn't aware of them but have just had a listen. Some nice sunshine pop there. I have a couple of La Caza Azul albums and you can really hear that influence on Personal Train.


Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 02:14:40 PM »
Elefant are such a fun label, to the extent that I often want to own their releases that I don't even like. Papa Topo were my favourites for a while and I really like Neleonard too. Many of their bands are a bit samey (the "for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans" thing applies to nearly everything they put out) but when they hit the bullseye, they get it so right. Such great design and production values too.


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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2019, 04:11:22 PM »
edit: it reminds me a bit of another french band, Vanessa & the O's, which is more 'sunshine pop' oriented I suppose (weirdy the lead singer is credited as a guest vocalist in Scott Walker's The Drift!)

Till Next Sunday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSVkTKoaiKU

That's really lovely, thanks for sharing. I'll explore further!

Elefant are such a fun label, to the extent that I often want to own their releases that I don't even like. Papa Topo were my favourites for a while and I really like Neleonard too. Many of their bands are a bit samey (the "for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans" thing applies to nearly everything they put out) but when they hit the bullseye, they get it so right. Such great design and production values too.

Yes, the quality of the material has to be very high for me to get over how derivative and borderline twee much of their output is. But, as you say, when they hit the bullseye with the likes of Giorgio Tuma, Modular, Iko Cherie and the aforementioned Fitness Forever, they've put out some of my favourite records this century.

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2019, 05:23:47 PM »
Elefant are the only record label I've been on where I've made any money. It helped I had a lady singing the songs instead of me but still.

Look at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqgtv72oqnI

CHING! CHING! CHING!

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2019, 06:31:39 PM »
Elefant are such a fun label, to the extent that I often want to own their releases that I don't even like. Papa Topo were my favourites for a while and I really like Neleonard too. Many of their bands are a bit samey (the "for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans" thing applies to nearly everything they put out) but when they hit the bullseye, they get it so right. Such great design and production values too.

One of the first Elefant bands I liked was La Bien Querida who don't really fit into that category but then I also liked Cola Jet Set who were a very poor example of that exact genre.

Woody from This is England on drums there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1DP08gClo 

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2019, 07:06:32 PM »
I'm so glad there are people still caring about and making this sort of music.

Good find, Crabwalk. Did you ever like Mum & Dad?

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Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2019, 01:36:19 PM »
Mum & Dad are new to me but I'll explore, thanks!

I'm so glad there are people still caring about and making this sort of music.

One thing I noted in the Le Superhomard album credits is that, like Fitness Forever, they self-produce in their own studio. You can hear in the record the richness of production, devotion to detail, and sheer time and effort which that obviously affords.

Re: Le SuperHomard (for fans of Stereolab, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans)
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2019, 11:55:36 PM »
The only thing i remember buying on Elefant (other than a Quickspace single) was an album by Nosotrash after hearing them on Peel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9B4ispfx7c

I loved a lot of stuff on Siesta. another Spanish label but that's old now and I don't think they exist anymore.