Produced by Laurent d'Herbecourt (Phoenix) and the band themselves, 'Ventura' is due for release on March 31st through Control Freak.
The new album is the follow up to their 2010 debut 'No Problem'. "To us, 'No Problem' shows a clubby and nightly aspect of the band, while 'Ventura' is meant to be the daylight album for JAMAICA," explain the French duo, Antoine Hilaire and Florent Lyonnet,
'Two On Two' follows this reflection with sparked riffs and a feel-good beat setting the pace. Centred on a summery mood, it's the ideal follow up to album track 'Hello Again',
'Ventura' is fed by fantasies of American culture, gathered from records and films, and also, the reality they discovered while touring in the U.S. They spent a month working with Peter Franco (Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories) in LA and mention a discovery in a literal sense: "We thought about for a while naming this album Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria, like one of Christopher Columbus's ships." In the end, they named it 'Ventura'. For the musicians, the name reminds them of its literal translation of "luck" and "fate", but also of the 72 Pontiac and of course, of Ventura Boulevard, one of the biggest roads in the San Fernando valley.
When they returned to Paris, they headed to Laurent d'Herbécourt's (Phoenix) studio and found it the perfect place to finish their album. Unlike most studios, it's bathed in daylight: "To us, 'No Problem' shows a clubby and nightly aspect of the band, while 'Ventura' is meant to be the daylight album for Jamaica."
Antoine and Florent's belief in a more organic and analogue sound was strengthened by Laurent d'Herbécourt: "While mixing, he definitely pushed us further towards a "radio" oriented direction, in the most noble and Fleetwood Mac sense of the word. A sunny pop that hides more sensibility when one really pays attention."
European live shows
3rd May - Razzmatazz, Barcelona
10th May - Magnolia, Milan
12th May - MTC, Cologne
13th May - Kantine, Berlin
16th May, Oslo London
17th May - Nuits Botaniques, Brussels
Please credit: Romain Corvez