Phoenix: “1901”

phoenixBecause it’s Bastille Day, I thought it fitting to feature a French band. Although they didn’t have any proverbial ashes from which to rise, four-piece Phoenix (comprised of childhood friends Thomas Mars, Deck D’Arcy, Christian Mazzalai, and Laurent Brancowitz) presents their pièce de résistance with their latest record, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Thankfully, their lyrics are in English (as always), which is convenient for me since my Francophone vocabulary is limited to bonjour, fromage, and baguette.

Although somewhat arrogant to assume 2/3 of the name of one of the greatest classical composers of all time as its title, the new album sounds nothing like the German genius’ enduringly popular work. Steeped in synth and replete with historical references—from the album title to song titles like “Lisztomania,” “Rome,” and “Armistice”—it’s like a Parisian pop group’s trip down memory lane…but with an undeniably modern feel.

Phoenix – 1901

Who: Phoenix

What: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

When: 5.26.2009

Where: Versailles, France

Why: “Lie down, you know it’s easy, like we did it all summer long.”

How: Glassnote


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