Clocking in at just 18 minutes, the mini-album offers five simple, seductive latin sketches, of which the sublime title track, with its wonderful synth riff halfway, is the absolute highlight, run a close second by the exquisite ballad Silly Things.
Despite superficial similarities to then-current 'nu-jazz' acts such as Weekend, Animal Nightlife and even Matt Bianco, Camino del Sol attracted surprisingly little attention on release in September Despite having discovered a sound all of their own, light years ahead of its time, Antena's exotic combination of indie, electro, pop and samba saw them in danger of falling between two stools, at a time when genre was king.
It was time to get serious, and seriously commercial. The new Antena single, Be Pop, appeared in September and should have been a big dance hit, combining Chic-styled rhythms with a contagious chorus. Their new producer was Martin Hayles, who had already worked with chart stars Orange Juice, and now matched Antena with a team of crack session musicians whose credits included Wham!.
However, after the Island single stalled, the first version of Antena fragmented, with Pascale leaving to concentrate on fashion design, and Isabelle and Sylvain electing to carry on as a duo. A stop-gap single, in the form of a demo version of Life Is Too Short, appeared early in on Belgian label New Dance, also home to the first Front releases. Thanks to Martin Hayles, in the summer of Antena signed a deal with Phonogram, who took a second shot at cracking the singles chart with an improved version of Be Pop.
At the same time Isabelle and Sylvain moved to London. The second single, a polished Hayles production of "Life Is Too Short", appeared in November, but also failed to make waves, and was all but impossible to buy outside Britain. It seems that everybody else has discovered Getz and Gilberto, and we've moved back to stuff like Chic and Sister Sledge. We could only do stuff like Camino del Sol for so long.
Brussels is very quiet and it suited that kind of rhythm, but when we moved back to Paris, where the pace is so much quicker, the music had to change. But I think you can still see bits of jazz in there. When we first wrote Be Pop it was a jazz tune. The second single, a more polished Hayles production of Life Is Too Short , appeared in November, but also sold modestly, and proved hard to find outside the UK.
It seems that everybody else has discovered Getz and Gilberto, and we've moved back to stuff like Chic and Sister Sledge. We could only do stuff like Camino Del Sol for so long. Brussels is very quiet and it suited that kind of rhythm, but when we moved back to Paris, where the pace is so much quicker, the music had to change.
But I think you can still see bits of jazz in there. When we first wrote Be Pop it was a jazz tune. It would be another ten years before St Etienne, Air and Stereolab made French pop hip in Britain again, and in the meantime the years and proved a difficult time for Isabelle and Sylvain.
It was a rather negative experience. They released two singles, and by that time I was already working with great session musicians like Trevor Murrell, Camelle Hinds and Danny Cummings. But it was not a commercial success. With small companies you can do as you please musically, but there is no money. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Recording Date November, - June, Track Listing. He would probably be into techno now, but at the time he recorded that track, he was more looking in the Motown sound direction. The reggae-ish arrangement came naturally when started to play. I think it's the lyrics that leaded us into that feeling. He used to be half nacked in the french version of 'Hair' and some of his songs were disturbing.
I didn't find anything like that in 'Ivanovitch'. Maybe it was provocative at that time because it was evocating the life in Russia. However, that waltz is full of harmony and that Ivanovitch fellow seems to me like a nice guy. I jumped on the cover that Joe Dassin made of this A. Guthrie's song. The band and I had a great time. This track used to end in a much more apocalyptic way than in my version. Mediterranean Songs. Tous Mes Caprices Romancia Del Amor Ecrat De Nuit Je Respire From Day To Day Memories Feel free to make a purchase as a guest!
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