|Heloise & The Savoir Faire|
On Friday night, those in the know came out to Le Poisson Rouge for what was guaranteed to be a glittery disco-drenched dance party. And that it was. The perpetrators, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, were in top form for this disco meets electro-pop set. Lead singer Heloise was decked out in one of her signature leotards, this one leopard print, embellished with layers of pearl necklaces. But lets not get ahead of ourselves here –
Starting off the night was KOORTWAH, a musical and visual project by Jake Courtois (pronounced…j/k). KOORTWAH describes his art as thus: “By integrating the songs into a carefully curated collection of video projections, KOORTWAH creates an immersive multimedia environment that is at once urgent and poignant, bombastic and mysterious.” Guitar in hand, the singer belted out tunes as floods of light and projected images flashed on stage behind him in this visual display.
Up next was a very nude (palette) MIRROR MIRROR, with synth-saturated, shoegaze anthems. The New York based duo of David Riley and Ryan Lucero, played material from their new album Interiors (August 2011) released via RVNG Intl. The band’s second album, the pair upped the production on this recording, working with Chris Coady (Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Zola Jesus) Thomas Asenault, and Zeljko McMullen, and their growth is evident. Stream the entire Interiors album here.
Then came the belle(s) of the ball. Those who were initially watching the show from the sidelines, couldn’t resist coming up to the front of the stage to let loose to Heloise & the Savoir Faire’s infectious tunes laced with attitude and glamour. Le Poisson Rouge transformed from a music venue to a basement dance party. There wasn’t a stiff hip in the crowd (well, I can’t speak for the one older man in attendance – but he was moving too). As my friend so eloquently put it, “This is a live band.” And that they are. Heloise & the Savoir Faire is the kind of band that needs to be seen live to fully appreciate the fun, the flare, and the flamboyance.
The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their follow up to 2008’s Trash, Rats, and Microphones. Look for it this spring/summer. Backed by Simian Records (Elijah Wood’s new label and joint-venture with Yep Roc Records) expect to see and hear a lot more of Heloise & the Savoir Faire this year! Watch them perform “Emergency” in the video above.