Post by drexbeutel on Mar 15, 2009 22:39:27 GMT -5
I loved "It's Never Been Like That" (especially "Too Young"), but for some reason, I just couldn't get into "United" at all. In my opinion, this is easily the best record they've put out. "1901" seems to be a blog-contender for song of the year already, and "Lisztomania" is my favorite thing they've ever done.
Post by drexbeutel on Mar 26, 2009 22:43:19 GMT -5
You all seriously need to listen to this right now. If you've heard them before, there new stuff will blow you away. And they're about to blow up...performing 1901 and Lisztomania on SNL on April 4th with Seth Rogen as the host - great exposure. I figured 1901 was the first single since they gave it away free on the official site a month ago and all the blogs went crazy over it and there's a video, but apparently Lisztomania is the first single...and rightfully should be. 1901 is great, but Lisztomania is unbelievably catchy. Come on guys...listen to this and tell me it's not addictive.
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Post by TotallyEnormousExtinctDinosaur on Apr 14, 2009 7:20:05 GMT -5
I LOVE "1901." Wow- so good. Reminds me of a Young Love track. I never got into Phoenix before this- I always thought of them as a dance act based on the songs I knew by them ("Everything Is Everything," "If I Ever Know Better," etc) but "1901" is rock at its core!
Phoenix open both their upcoming fourth album and their recent SNL appearance with this effervescent track, which is telling. "Lizstomania", perhaps even more than "1901", is the song to open with, to come onstage to, to greet the cheers of an audience, to set the mood for the show. Not that Phoenix need an introduction at this point in their career-- you may remember them from that Sofia Coppola movie ("Too Young") - but this really is an excellent introduction to the Frenchmen's pop universe, and not just became of that "showtime" bridge.
While the Hungarian composer who inspired the title pun is not really present in the song, "Lizstomania" is nevertheless carefully and lovingly composed, breaking out the ebbs, flows, breakdowns, build-ups, and a frantic two-note intro that will exert a Pavlovian effect on fans. This is Phoenix at their most exacting and urbane, and instead of sounding fussy and overthought, every section of the track makes every other section sound even more spirited and even more sophisticated; the whole is so much more than the sum of its considerable parts. Few bands so effortlessly communicate such an unshakable belief in the power of the well-constructed song, which might make "Lizstomania" the feel-good hit of the beginning of summer.
Post by TotallyEnormousExtinctDinosaur on Feb 9, 2010 23:30:54 GMT -5
After taking home the Grammy for Best Alternative Album a few weeks ago, French pop rock band Phoenix is turning its attention to a new project -- writing the score for director and frontman Thomas Mars' wife Sofia Coppola's next film, "Sometimes." "It's very minimal," said Mars of the new work. "It's almost like sound design. It wasn't like writing songs, it was more about trying to make a sound that fits with a Ferrari and the city of Los Angeles' theme. It was more of an engineer work than a composer."
Yeah! That's how they got big. They were the backing band for Air, and Sofia got Thomas on the vocals for Air's "Playground Love" (the big single from the "Virgin Suicides" soundtrack, and one of my favorite songs of all time).
After that came United in 2000, which featured "Too Young" -- it was featured on the "Lost In Translation," soundtrack (2001), another Coppola movie, and that's when they really broke out internationally. It was played during the karaoke scene in the movie.
In the U.S., "If I Ever Feel Better" was also featured on an early episode of Entourage, which sparked some interest.
Of course, they weren't a huge name until this era. For some reason, I can't embed the "Too Young" video.
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