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An Pierlé & White Velvet

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White Velvet suggests, something beautiful and cold ; something dazzling and underground ; innocence and experience - a cross between Snow White and Nico. White Velvet is also the third album from a very special artist who has successfully thrived in the cultural pop otherworld of Europe, without quite breaking through in the UK or America. There have been hints and moments, such as Time Out enthusing about An Pierle and co-songwriter and producer Koen Gisen’s twisted, fragile pop in a strange, black pearl or Q Magazine concluding, huge in Ghent - the world may follow suit. But few fans or writers have made that short trip on the Eurostar to discover Pierle & Gisen performing in front of an orchestra or An sitting on a transparent ball, always moving as she hits the notes on her piano. If they arrived today, they’d find the couple with a band called White Velvet, as their sound continues to grow and mutate, eating up all previous experiments to create something new. The new album started coming together in 2005 as the pair filled their home with recording equipment, string quartets and a whole range of instruments, big and small. Having a piano in the kitchen isnt good for your social life, deadpans Gisen. They also listened to a lot of music, in particular piles of 70s records, George Harrison, Talk Talk, early Roxy Music, Bauhaus, Johnny Cash, Air, Radiohead, French muzak - the list is endless and it all seeped in, from the spaciousness of Air through to the artful twists of Roxy and emotional honesty of Mark Hollis.

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  • Radioshack-

    Broke my bones et Fort Jerome <3

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • moonchapter

    really really awesome.

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • aenariel

    their new album is sublime.

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • No3made

    New album is great!

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • siouxsybe

    An just posted a new track called 'Little by Little' on her myspacelooks like there's a new album coming up :)

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • needmymusictoda

    Very Beautiful - Thanks!

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Coleoptere

    Without a doubt, the BEST album I've heard in the past 20 years. So GREAT that I simply cannot stop listening to it. The amazing part is there is not one single weak moment throughout the entire album. I love all tracks but have a preference for Cold Winter. Cheers!

    28 Mar 2009 Reply

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