This by now is old news, but what the hell â€“ itâ€™s a CD sampler of French pop bands Revolver and Chateau Marmont, meant to promote their joint U.S. tour from September and October 2011. Much is made of the members of Revolver being classically trained, and it shows in the multilayered nature of their pieces and the general polish and precision.Â Both bands submit two versions of a single track, with one remixed by someone else â€“ a reflection of both bandsâ€™ dual standing in the French pop and electronic worlds.
The Revolver track is â€śA Song She Wrote,â€ť featuring squeaky-clean production, lush and notably Beatles-esque harmonies and hooks aplenty, and well-worn lyrical themes of damaged female-based anguish.Â Itâ€™s a portrait (in English of course): â€śsometimes she wishes she was stronger / but sheâ€™s not.â€ťÂ But itâ€™s really about him: â€śI wish I could help you / when youâ€™re going insane.â€ťÂ The remix gives a tinge of exoticism with time-frozen samples.
Chateau Marmont has more of a synthetic influence, with vintage synth pads and Kraftwerk robo-vocals flowing with tight Brill-building horn arrangements and electronic-influenced beats.Â The tracks again sound awesome, recorded by someone with a budget and plenty of knowledge, and thereâ€™s a dark, glamorous sense of gloss on the original thatâ€™s streamlined into the electronic realm on the Glass Figure Keys of Life remix.
So, yeah.Â Both bands will be back Stateside and elsewhere, I imagine.