Baroque composers. Fifteenth century carols. Twentieth century opera…simply reading those words feels like blowing dust off a crypt. This isn’t music with any contemporary relevance, right?
Well, we felt that way — until we unwittingly heard and loved the French band Revolver. The Parisian trio threads these dead and buried conventions into bouncy chamber pop music, topping it with 60s rock influences and gorgeous Simon and Garfunkel harmonies.
And guess what? It works.
It works so well that they were nominated for a French Grammy for their debut LP Music for a While, and we just raved over the upcoming EP Parallel Lives. In the age of autotune, these young musicians – armed with two guitars, a cello, and beautiful choir boy voices — have somehow become totally embraced as a pop band.
We found out during our exclusive interview with Christophe Musset, Ambroise Willaume, and Jérémie Arcache of Revolver at theBrooklyn Lyceum. Turns out, the band simply knows their audience (America, mostly), they know what woos the crowd (their lulling voices), and they’re open-minded about incorporating all kinds of genres, including electro. Judging by our exclusive live performances, however, they don’t need a synthesized, digital crutch. These modern-day bards cast a crystalline spell that’s nothing short of heavenly.