The French band Suarez makes me think of Vampire Weekend, because their inspiration comes from eclectic sources. First of all, this acoustic French pop band is an unlikely combination of a Belgian musician, Marc Pinilla, and three folk musicians from Madagascar (brothers Max and Pata Randriamanjava, and their cousin Dada Ravalison.) As if that weren’t unique enough, what they play is a distinctive melange of Malagasy music, British Pop, Cape Verdean folk, and traditional Chanson. Whew!
Their latest album is called L’indecideur, and the title track is a certified French it, although at first, I couldn’t figure out why. (Sometimes the French have odd taste in music. I present “Bebe Lilly” as Exhibit A.) But once the chorus came around with its shout-outs to cities around the world, I got the appeal. Plus, the end has a tribal feel that’s really cool.
And no, your ears are not deceiving you. If you listen closely, he does indeed name check “Charlie Chaplin, De Niro, James Dean et Rambo.”
Here’s another single from the L’indecideur album called “Qu’est-ce que j’aime ça.”
Now let’s explore Suarez’s 2009 debut album, On Attend. I couldn’t decide on just one video, so you’ll get 2 for the price of 1. Here’s “On Attend” and “Je t’ai toi,” taken from Suarez’s debut album. Admittedly, I chose the more “Poppy” songs to feature, but check out songs like “Aie, Aie, Aie” on their album to hear the folk influence.
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