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Vanessa & the O's

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Vanessa and the O’s formed in 2004 when Vanessa Contenay-Quinones got together with Swedes Andreas Mattson (Popsicle) and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing) later joining up with James Iha ( The Smashing Pumpkins) in New York.

They recorded the album “La Ballade d’O” over the next 18 months or so. Vanessa also went into the studio with Lou Reed around this time to cut an Anglo/French version of “Sunday Morning” while also working on new songs with Frisk and Mattson. The album was finally finished in 2005 when Pelle Gunnerfeldt (The Hives) was brought in to do final mixes also bringing in Bjorn Yttling [Peter, Bjorn & John]on keyboards as well as Per Nordmark drums. The album was released via EMI Sweden May ‘05 in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. The band played their first live dates July ‘05 in Sweden.
In the UK the album was ‘Album Of The Week’ in influential British record store Rough Trade who described it as “…a fantastic album of ‘european cool’ with breathy vocals over music which sounds like The Concretes, Stereolab or a modern take on the Velvet Underground…”
In 2006 the album was released by the bands own label Rushmore Recordings/Pias in France and Japan to great critical acclaim earning a ‘Disque Du Mois’ from influential rock mag ‘Rock & Folk’ and rave reviews from Les Incorruptibles, Magic, Rolling Stone and Figaro.

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  • RushmoreUK

    The new Vanessa & The O's album 'Stories For Watering Skies' will be released by Modulor/Grand Palais Paris April 1st 2013!

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lawrencefelt

    Le morceau "Gourgeous Death" est absolument infect !

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • RushmoreUK

    Hey check out Vanessa's French pop and 60's YeYe podcast on the Vanessa & the O's myspace page now! Will also be broadcast on Radio Nowhere 20thMarch 2008.

    19 Mar 2008 Reply

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