French dream-pop band, BLOW, released their debut album just this summer. Following three notable EPs, Vertigo is the logical continuation of their musical adventure, forged from a long friendship, and made possible by the group’s increasingly loyal audience.
Influenced by Gilmour-era Pink Floyd, Moderat, Jungle, The XX and Apparat, their electronic pop is laced with lyrics inspired by movies, road-trips, sex or hope for change. Their latest video, for ‘Green Unicorn’, tells the story of a man who earns his living by fighting clandestinely in cellars – watch it HERE – but Vertigo also has its love stories, common to all peoples and all times. Most take place in a world in crisis, in cities or countries in post-apocalyptic settings. On that note, check out their top 10 songs to listen to after a break up.
1. Camille – ‘Pâle Septembre’
“We discovered this song during a live performance. The lyrics are very simple and powerful. In a break up, it’s kind of the moment you realize you love the girl more than everything, and you are afraid that she misses you more than you can actually stand it.”
2. Son Lux – ‘Labor’
“This song is so deep. The piano speaks, blows, the lyrics are sad and tough, the voices are beautiful. We feel a dark hollowness and beauty.”
3. The XX – ‘Fiction’
“The XX is such a big influence for our music and one of the greatest bands of our time. Oliver has a great talent, his voice is calm, smooth and perfectly matches with Romie’s, their music is magical…”
4. White Kite – ’26’
“It’s not a famous band… yet! This song is made to be listened to on a winter morning, when tears melt in the snow, and also gives an overview on White Kite’s talent.”
5. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier (The 1975 Remix)’
The original track is cool, but the remix is GREAT. The production is neat and reveals the heart of this song. You can feel the sun burning your skin and drying your sadness tears. Warm and cold at the same time.
6. Kidnap Kid – ‘Moments’
“It’s a very nostalgic song, always a pleasure to listen to. About slow moves, slow dance, slow moments. Kidnap Kid (now known as Kidnap) is one of the most talented DJs of our generation; he is mixing German House and dreamy harmonies with a delicious perfection.”
7. Jordan Rakei – ‘Midnight Mischief (Tom Misch remix)’
“Despair and lamentation. Sometimes it feels good to feel bad.”
8. Moderat – ‘Versions’
“Let yourself go. The chords leads you into a kind of tragic fall, the rhythmic keeps your head up. A magnificent contrast made by Moderat whom we LOVE and always will.”
9. Todd Terje – ‘Johnny And Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry)’
“Genius. Nothing else to say.”
10. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Blood’
“Kendrick Lamar will be a movie. Kendrick will write a book. Kendrick Lamar will be president. Kendrick Lamar will be a Nobel price. Kendrick Lamar will bring peace to our world. Kendrick will be a planet. Kendrick Lamar will become a god.”
Vertigo is out now.
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Find BLOW’s playlist below and HERE.