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Nouvelle Vague

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At least three different groups have performed under the name Nouvelle Vague:
1) a project created by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux and a number of female singers
2) a Japanese pop-R&B band
3) a Berlin-based multimedia music project founded by actress Betty la Gachette and musician & video-editor Renault Schubert.

1) Nouvelle Vague (France) is a project created by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux and a number of female singers, including Camille, Alexandra Pavlou of Spring and Suburbia, Mélanie Pain, Marina Céleste & Phoebe Killdeer of Phoebe Killdeer and the Short Straws. The group’s albums consist in bossa nova fashioned covers of (primarily) songs (hence the name “Nouvelle Vague”). The covers include songs by Dead Kennedys, The Smiths, Joy Division, Public Image Ltd., Depeche Mode and Bauhaus. Each singer only performed songs they were not previously familiar with, to ensure that each cover would have an individual interpretation.

With a name that means “new wave” in English and “nova onda” in Portuguese (which is the meaning for “”, a new music “fashion”), Nouvelle Vague’s moniker neatly sums up the group’s concept: remaking classic new wave singles with a Brazilian twist. Libaux played with various French pop bands during the ’90s and began working with Collin in 1998. For Nouvelle Vague, Collin and Libaux recruited half a dozen French and Brazilian vocalists who were unfamiliar with the original versions of songs like Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and XTC’s “Making Plans for Nigel” to ensure that their renditions had their own identity.

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  • flaviossz

    Mala vida is my favorite at this moment. See you!

    26 Jun 4:36am Reply
  • nicoomotion

    ♥.

    23 Jun 4:00pm Reply
  • DumbDebbie

    Apparently Marc Collin is considering a new project called "Bristol", but instead of covering 80's new wave classics, it is going to focus on 90's trip hop. Sounds awesome!

    29 May 12:11pm Reply
  • silentzedjozn

    guns of brixton is just perfect

    23 Apr 9:42pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Cool sound but definitely not bossa-nova.Rhytimically talkin' its sounds alike, but melodic-harmonic structures are just pop music.Pop in a very strict sense, too far from those complex chords and melody lines;Actually I don't giva fuck..I'm just sayin.....

    3 Apr 4:06am Reply
  • AlxNobre

    Ça c'est magnifique, bravo!

    27 Mar 4:31pm Reply
  • LifeLessSerious

    So lonely ♥

    27 Feb 7:53pm Reply
  • Violetdusk

    Fantastic covers, love their chilled out style sometimes

    18 Feb 6:40pm Reply
  • BiancaJkr

    Bossa Nova <3

    14 Feb 4:07am Reply
  • fajnychnielubie

    In a manner of speaking ....pure perfection !!!!! <3 [2]

    13 Feb 9:13pm Reply
  • kubus18

    Week-end à Rome (feat. Vanessa Paradis) ♥

    27 Jan 10:26pm Reply
  • spotlessmind101

    In a manner of speaking ....pure perfection !!!!! <3

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • savushkina

    за что они так пост-панк ненавидят. столько крутых песен превратить в такой отстой. killing joke, the cure, joy division, the sound, tuxedomoon.... да найдется много действительно достойных каверов на эти песни, но не от NV.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • seethenightsky

    is it horrible music !!!

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dot_the_i

    Their covers are way better than originals. Awesome band!

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • derbara

    Dance with me... YES

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CukiMonster

    Too Drunk to Fuck... ♥

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • alih_sk

    New picture of the whole band: http://www.lastfm.com.br/music/Nouvelle+Vague/+images/93239203

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • porkchoptc

    People acting like they've never wanted to play an instrument just to play their favorite songs on it. Probably what this band did and look, you've heard of them because of it. They've done something right.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • desastrez

    Ridiculous? Elaborate. Irony? It's just classics covered in a nice style. Trolls...

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
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