Cœur-joie started in 2021 as the Paris-based Indie Pop solo project of Martin Martin Meilhan-Bordes under his alter ego Marti Martinski, joined a year later by former bandmates from Bootchy Temple and Sex Sux, Paul Rannaud, Milia Colombani, and Adrien Berthe. The 4-piece craft a distinctive eclectic mix, dubbed “Post-Twee Pop” of Jangly guitars, French vocals, and delicate poetry filled with metaphors, epitomized by the emotional track “Dimi l’étoile | Dimi the Star” taken from last February’s debut 7-track EP “Allumettes au bout des îles”, via Hidden Bay Records and Melotron Recordings, together with a DIY vintage family video release, WL//WH is pleased to Premiere.
A sentimental aural memoir winds the ringing strummed dread of urgent, meandering, wistful guitar melodies with comforting lithe bass pulses, and perky drum beats, swathed in stirring emotive violin strings to form swirling cinematic atmospheres of harsh, ecstatic distortions and wailing, haunted gusts around helpless, angsty male vocals infusing restrained sadness and reluctant joy into a beautiful ghostly poem about a grandmother’s mystical wisdom and nurturing love.
Intimate found home movies circa the 1990s flow from a well of lost dreams to build nostalgia, comfort, and melancholy. Panoramic seashores, ferry rides, and lots of windswept smiles invite the viewer to travel back in time to a place where worldly disfigurements and indoctrinated beliefs have not yet corrupted an endless capacity for trust. A familiar silhouette set against an intoxicating backdrop of glistening waves and piles of seashells brings bittersweet tears to the mind’s eye, stimulating archetypal powers whilst harnessing disconnected solace from an eternal source of ancestral insight.
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