Each is determined yet at this stage remember can, not so long ago when the mainstream popular music suddenly felt completely different and -hÖrte, casual and quasi as revamped: As any crass producer with singers or singers made common cause, and the results just not the usual pabulum, but really cool musical statements were - somehow radically, danceable, catchy, and yet thoroughly Pop? "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child would be an example, "Try Again" by Aaliyah, or "Oops (Oh My)" by Tweet - such songs halt. How especially this time was that know AlunaGeorge. And since the top 40 seldom sounded so einheitsbreiig-uniform as today, they have set a goal to build on this very era. "Well, I guess that we are always looking for the exception that proves the rule. One can only hope that it eventually becomes boring people, and off again with other things to listen, "says Aluna, one half of the whiz-duo that appeared in all pop forecasts of the new year beginning, 2013.
AlunaGeorge which are Aluna Francis and George Reid: "Aluna" means as much as "come here" in the Tanzanian dialect Mwera - or "pupil" in Portuguese and "Mother Earth" in the Mayan language. "George" stands simply fOr George. Aluna writes and sings all the lyrics and melodies. George contributes the productions, stark, eerie, seductive, slightly abstract and yet haunting soundscapes. They met in 2009. Life both in London. Sure thing: The two singles that you have published to date, "You Know You Like It" and "Your Drums, Your Love" were only the beginning.
started Ins 2013 are AlunaGeorge with incredible tailwind lot and tons of fans at strategic locations: They were among the three finalists for the Critics' Choice Award at the BRITs a few weeks ago, and her name was allowed on the "Sound of 2013" - list of the BBC not missing (ranked # 2), as well as in the pop-forecast of mirror, where they were 4th. Pitchfork, quasi fans of the first hour, AlunaGeorge had committed in November for their festival in Paris. Also in the fashion world have admirers during London Fashion Week they should play fOr Moschino, and the agency Next Models has Aluna unceremoniously under contract - star qualities she has obviously not only as a musician.
So to Aluna: Born in Wales, it was for them between the UK and USA frequently back and forth until they ended up as teenagers in St Albans, in the south of London. Truly no musical hotspot so that your search for suitable collaborators soon to nearby London led where they contracted the northwest first time with an artist - above upon it lived a couple of ex-prisoners who had been sitting fOr murder. "At the time I wanted to find out how I could use my voice," says Aluna, a fan of PJ Harvey, CocoRosie and Fever Ray. "It's better to find out than I impose changes any style that does not fit me."
In 2006 she became a member of the oblique Electro / Pop band My Toys Like Me, and the singing made her also a lot of fun, with the texts she was still not satisfied. The lesson was: You had to write himself more and try to encircle real emotions in their songs and record. "If I can not sing without it being clear what will the hell I actually thus express, then I let Ever fingers. I read a lot then about songwriter of the old school, people like Sammy Cahn, and about what kind of tricks that use that. That was a kind of turning point for me. "
2009 knocked George then at My Toys Like Me, because he wanted to ask if he whose single "Sweetheart" remix could, and so he learned Aluna during a meeting with the band finally know. He was still alive then in Kingston in Surrey and played in a "Math Pop" band called Colour. "A bunch of guys who want to brag about it, in what fOr funky rhythms they play can," he says condescendingly about the former project. Having then discovered Warp artists like Flying Lotus itself, he traded his guitar for Laptop software and various loop pedal and tried his hand as producer.
Although both have such different musical roots, recognized Aluna and George soon, basically that they were the same: The two fans of leftfield instrumentals could not believe that no such abseitige Beats simply transformed times in pop songs, and so they made is exactly the task. "Realizing Our own PopverstÄndnis we wanted," said Aluna.
Said and done: The first jointly recorded song, the somewhat gloomy glitch track "Double Sixes", still ended up as Free Download on their side. One of the next "Disobey", ended in 2010 already as background music for a sex scene in an episode of the US version of "Skins - Hautnah". Aluna can still remember very well how uncomfortable she was, in George's bedroom einzusingen the "rather sexy vocals": Under a towel, which he had hung over the door; another vocal booth finally not exist.
In summer 2011 published the small UK label Super the "You Know You Like It" single and also helped in the realization of the casual low-budget clip to see in the various dancing Alunas were. "Everything Friendship services and pleased," she says, "and no one was paid for it. And since then all want to move us, that we go off again like in the video exactly. "Then we went wrong with the calls by trendy labels like Tri Angle Records of Brooklyn, where the piece together with" Just A Touch "all over again as EP appeared. In January 2012, then signed with Iceland Records, and the best side effect was: finally they did not need the neighbor of George longer harass and could a small studio in West London rent.
In said studio they then also spent much of the last year, filed on her debut album - and also turned down for this reason one or another tempting offer. However Aluna was still enough time to to "Afterlight" of Rustie sing (after a warp Act, one must not forget!), While George his skills as a remixer of songs by Florence the Machine ( "Spectrum"), Friends ( "I'm His Girl") and Lana Del Rey ( "Born to Die") could prove. Not to mention the Disclosure collaboration "White Noise", which went through the roof a few weeks ago ...
What now so the sound of AlunaGeorge distinguished? The combination of Alunas casual-sovereign, thoroughly British vocals and Georges Beat landscapes in which just hinted also influences as Warp or Brainfeeder if they so waft to himself. This is shown by their figurehead "You Know You Like It": Aluna had the singsong refrain devised at a bus stop in Harlesden and the idea then played via phone George. The verse, however based on a text they had already written a few years ago at college "About a terrible twos". "I'm no fool," she sings, and "no, I'm not a follower." George missed these lines the right beat, the cranky pleasant and was surprising and plated the whole thing with a kind Dreampop Glaze: This Clash , this contrast - that's what makes AlunaGeorge so unique.
On her album showcase AlunaGeorge this contrast in many different forms: there would be the scornful "Attracting Flies" (Quote: "Your invitations are fake / Must be from a ticket tout"), while the first single, the smooth Eighties Soul of "Bad Idea", a slick and yet dreamy track like title song "Body Music", the underwater Slow Jam "Diver" or the massive, exuberant large format love song "Superstar": think all tracks, the pop new and can take place in stylish radio formats as well as on the relevant blogs (where they're now firmly).
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