Shares the video for 'Theatrical State Of Mind', the latest single lifted from their new album 'Night Sketches'.
Papooz today release a new video for ‘Theatrical State Of Mind’, which follows close in the slipstream of their new album ‘Night Sketches’ (out now via Half Awake/IDOL), which has
been produced by Bon Voyage Organisation’s Adrien Durand, with radio support at 6Music.
The ‘Theatrical State Of Mind’ video arrives ahead of a London headline show at Oslo on
April 9, 2019, alongside an acoustic Rough Trade East in-store appearance on April 4.
The new video for ‘Theatrical State Of Mind’ - directed by Pablo Padovani - pitches the track’s languid disco groove against a surreal dream that Armand Penicaut had about his bandmate Ulysse Cottin. Speaking about the warped video, which was filmed at
Bourgoyne’s Château De Tanlay, Papooz say:
“Ulysse le Sévère, the blood thirsty King of Burgundy invites a couple of twins minstrels to play music in his castle. Just when you think you're safe...you're in more danger! A french tale of revenge,
lust & forgiveness.”
Armand & Ulysse were originally thrown together as part of boozy gatherings of literary obsessives in their home city of Paris. Early and altogether more earnest ambitions to create a political fanzine together were soon ditched in favour of finessing the music pair had instead
Early computer demos of their warped, bossa nova-informed pop fed off of a shared affinity for bedfellows as unpredictable as the Beach Boys & Ella Fitzgerald, to The White Stripes &
Enabled by Durand’s butter-smooth production and Penicault & Cottin’s androgynous vocals (sung by the two Anglophiles in English throughout), ‘Night Sketches’ finds Papooz distilling
these unlikely antecedents into distinctly skewed exotic pop, leavened with surreal,
Having met previously on the fertile French alternative scene - amongst other friends including La Femme, Polo & Pan and Feu! Chatterton - the duo originally sought out the Bon Voyage frontman Durand wanting to buy one of his synths - a Minikorg 700. Durand was so
enamoured by the early demos for ‘Night Sketches’ he later heard, he lent them
not only the synth but also his own production services alongside.
4 April LONDON Rough Trade East (acoustic in-store set)
9 April LONDON Oslo (on sale Friday February 8, 2019)
B I Z Z A R R E
Papooz - Theatrical State of Mind
Papooz - Night Sketches