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Photo-Interview #24: Malady

UK outfit Malady are predestined to feature in a Poule d’Or photo-interview so here we go! The charming group is keen on their visuals and not afraid to showcase their media and genre    spanning talents. They are just about to get on stage in Brighton’s The Great Escape and luckily found the time to answer Team Poule’s clever questions beforehand.

They have lined up a respectable amount of singles over the past years of this pandemic and released a wonderful track titled Round The Bend back in March via Nice Swan Records. The piece has a mad sense for tempo and melody, gliding along the curbs, knowing when to put the foot down, like Michael Schumacher in 1990s Monte Carlo, iconic. Round The Bend is attached below, as is the interview. Hit it.

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Get your oven mitts because this one is coming in steaming hot. Mewn here just released Two Days via Simonie Records, a pure beaut of a single, conveniently attached below. The track dives in light as a feather with a clear sense for melody and direction, a natural spectacle, like a parrot with a GoPro.

The group had an EP out last year and is gearing up a next release for this summer. Excitingly, Mewn are set to support The National in August when they land in their home base of Manchester, at the mighty Mayfield Depot. In the meantime, they have UK festival dates lined up for Sounds From The Other City Festival in Salford, Get Together Festival in Sheffield, The Alt Escape in Brighton, Blue Dot Festival in Cheshire, Manchester Psych Fest as well as Left of the Dial Festival in Rotterdam.

Find this track and many more on our ever evolving Spotify playlist over here: pouledor.com/spotify

Photo credit above go to the talented Nola James, and her only.

Photo-Interview #23: ViVii

Swedish outfit ViVii here have two albums under their little belts already, and are gearing up for the next punch in an EP titled Mavidavilon to be released in June via Dumont Dumont / IDOL. Their latest single is titled Vegas and is attached below at your convenience.

The track emerges like its namesake in between vast horizons and palmy air, stripping along nicely, carried by pure vocals and a sense for melody and songwriting only to be found North of the border – find this track and many more on our ever evolving Spotify playlist over here: pouledor.com/spotify

ViVii played SXSW last month and are just about to set off to tour relevant parts of Germany in support of no other that the heavy hitting Shout Out Louds. Before the three of them are popping their dreamy hazy spin of pop music into their little carry-ons, they took the time for a special Poule d’Or photo-interview.

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Can’t you just feel Euro spring and an all new festival season is just around the corner? Has to be. First on the ticket should be Parisians and dreamy bloomers Papooz who just released their third LP titled None of This Matters Now via the charming Half Awake Records with cover art by the talented Victoria Lafaurie.

They do spread the love and ease and optimism of the 70s. The album is a lovely joyride through tinted guitar scapes and hazy vocals, check the romantic Bonnie Rock n’ Roll below. The team is just about to set off for a big tour that’s been in the making for a while, playing London on Friday, Apr 22, then Hamburg‘s Hebebühne Apr 26, Berlin‘s Badehaus Apr 27 and Brussels May 3 before hitting the US from California to Chicago, find all dates nicely scheduled, here.

Find this track and many more on our ever evolving Spotify playlist over here: pouledor.com/spotify

Just as the big old C seemed to be easing its grip on our social lives, that other thing happened. Really, identifying with the age cohort of Millennials kind of feels like constantly living in a post-xy world. What led up to this though, is nothing but Present Tense, which is also the latest and fourth marvelous album by New Zealand outfit Yumi Zouma. Located just on the lower right edge of the Euro globe, the dynamic quartet has been at it for probably a decade at least, constantly reimagining, moving themselves forward, while being firmly based in the timeless here and now.

Attached below is In The Eyes Of Our Love – a pure banger hitting right in the kisser, off the said new album, that is out now worldwide via Polyvinyl. The four of them are off to tour the most relevant parts of Europe right now, with Copenhagen (tonight, March 29th), Stockholm (March 31), Oslo (April 1), Berlin (April 3) and Warsaw (April 4) next up on the ticket before hitting basically every major city in the US and Canada in April, find all dates nicely listed here.

Find this track and many more on our ever evolving Spotify playlist over here: pouledor.com/spotify

Photo-Interview #22: Nalan

Nalan here out of Berlin released a rather marvellous debut album on the great Mansions and Millions label last year, going by the working title of I’m Good. The Crying Tape. What sounds like a log entry on day 426 of the pandemic, is actually a beautifully produced record of dreamy, dancey summer tunes that do cater to the siren songs of life as well as its sunny sides. Where there are downs, there are ups too.

The record is finally out on physical vinyl, just now, so grab one of those while they last, because they are selling like umbrellas on a rainy day in midtown. Meanwhile, Nalan recently went to Istanbul, Turkey for a few days and agreed to take part in a photo-interview – so here are her very personal photographic answers to a well crafted set of questions by Team Poule.

Hit play on her great single Rewind, and scroll on.

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