Wednesday, January 23, 2008

KEEP IN MIND: Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing the absolutely phenomenal The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which I highly recommend, and noticed the pristine quality of the music used throughout the film. So many great tracks are used, even if the film's soundtrack has no more than eight songs.

But one of the songs I can't get out of my mind is track number five, "Don't Kiss Me Goodbye" by a little band called Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle. It is very simplistic, but arresting, and captures the feeling of the scene in which its used. Snobs who have seen Diving Bell would, at mention of the song, probably respond with something like "You know the singer's the chick who played CĂ©line, right?"

A close listen or the tiniest bit of research will be enough to confirm that the woman singing is indeed Emmanuelle Seigner: French bombshell, wife of Roman Polanski (sorry, boys) and the female face that appears on the Diving Bell poster.

Even a little bit more of Internet time will show you Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle's immense amount of talent: their melodies are new, their lyrics bilingual, the vocals and instruments are perfectly understated... completely minimal bliss.

This band works perfectly together. If you were to separate the vocals from the instruments or visa versa, I'd imagine the sound would be very lonely because these two parts compliment each other wonderfully.

In summation, very excellent stuff and I wouldn't expect you to keep this good knowledge to yourself! I have a feeling this trio will go far.

Watch the video of standout single "Sing Sing" below if you want more:



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