I Could Be Happy

I Could Be Happy

by Nouvelle VagueNouvelle Vague


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After an extended hiatus from recording, Nouvelle Vague reappears with I Could Be Happy, an album that attempts to remind listeners of the good old days and expand on the project's concept. Marc Collin, Olivier Libaux, and company stretch their sound to include dream pop and punk covers as well as new wave, and, for the first time, perform original material. I Could Be Happy opens with one of their finest covers yet, a version of the Cocteau Twins' "Athol-Brose" that surprises on many levels. Covering a group as unique as the Cocteaus is risky, but Nouvelle Vague manage to translate the song's woozy gorgeousness into silky, subtle bossa nova that is a little more grounded yet still sublimely sensual. Likewise, their version of "All Cats Are Grey" honors the mystique of the Cure's original while imbuing it with just enough playfulness. More of Nouvelle Vague's mischief is on display with "Love Comes in Spurts," which gives Richard Hell & the Voidoids' brash punk a radical makeover along the lines of their reworking of the Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk to Fuck." Meanwhile, Collin's "Loneliness" and Libaux's "Maladroit" are pieces of pretty French pop that suggest that this musical tradition could become Nouvelle Vague's future.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2016
Label: Kwaidan Records
UPC: 4012957337029
catalogNumber: 70
Rank: 26360

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nouvelle Vague   Primary Artist
Janne Haavisto   Percussion,Drums
Camille   Vocals
Marc Collin   Organ,Keyboards,Clavinet
Melanie Pain   Vocals
Olivier Libaux   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,solina
Élodie Frégé   Vocals
Thibaut Barbillon   Bass,Guitar
Liset Alea   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nadeah Miranda   Vocals
Nicola Tescari   Piano
Mathieu Coupat   Organ,Piano,Clavinet
Tero Pennanen   Accordion
Clara Luciani   Vocals
Julien Boye   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Cocteau Twins   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Joey Ramone   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Johnny Ramone   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Marc Collin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Olivier Libaux   Composer,Programming
Élodie Frégé   Composer
Liset Alea   Composer
George Peter   Composer
Richard Meyers   Composer
Pascal Blua   Artwork
Franck Genis   Illustrations

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