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Des Jours Meilleurs

by Porco Rosso

Serge Gainsbourg meets Grandaddy. Porco Rosso is a blend of french lyrics and catchy indie pop'n'roll melodies. Their first E.P. is a french pop revival manifesto.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. L'Age Adulte
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5:13 album only
2. Celine
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3:22 album only
3. Toutes les Femmes de Nos Vies
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2:48 album only
4. Des Jours Meilleurs
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5:20 album only
5. Personne ne Sait (I'm a Junky)
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6. Princeton Street
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Album Notes
After the Golden Age of 60s and 70s french pop, represented by pop icon Serge Gainsbourg or the great lyricist Jacques Brel, French pop music has become dominated by mainstream pop with silly lyrics and poorly-arranged, self-indulgent folk songs. PORCO ROSSO holds apart from this musical nightmare, bringing their french literary roots up to catchy pop or truly melancholic melodies. Created in 2001 by Yann GIRAUD (vocals, guitars), Stéphane PEREZ (bass, backing vocals) and Vincent CHARLES-GERVAIS (lead guitar) , PORCO ROSSO is a blend of various influences from french literature to british and american pop-rock. They recorded their first E.P. in 2003, though the line up was made complete in 2004 by the arrival of David ANDRADE (drums). Des Jours Meilleurs is an original work with beautifully crafted pop songs, somewhere between Radiohead, The Kinks, Serge Gainsbourg and Wilco. After several concerts in Paris, they decided to record their new E.P., Porcography, which should be released summer 2006.


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SusanJoy (from USA)

In a world sometimes too shiny and antiseptic, comes the fresh and passionate debut CD of Porco Rosso, the Red Pig. That name says it all: the familiar pig, revered in many cultures as a “good luck” charm, and red, THE color of passion.

The songs on the CD, titled des jours meilleurs, are captivating. Like the classic sweet and moody 70’s Pop era, yet fresh. Expect interesting lilting melodies, tender vocals, and rich, raw instrumentation paving each song. Like a lover seduced, the listener is drawn into a musical world of melancholy and mystery.

Seduction, mystery and surprises are key words describing this 2004 debut CD. From the brooding Radiohead-imbued notes of “l’age adulte”, to stealth bass and guitar tiptoeing from the scene of the crime in “celine”, to the raging “toutes les femmes de nos vies”, to the Pulp Fiction-danceable “des jours meilleurs”, to the Ray Davies-influenced infectious “personne ne sait (I’m a junky)”, to the final simple track, “princeton street.”

Other cool stuff: these songs align naturally as a soundtrack to fine literature like Emily Dickenson or Edgar Allen Poe, or even a current hot Spy flick, a la James Bond.

Porco Rosso’s debut CD des jours meilleurs charms with down to earth music for the soul. (Word: they are releasing their follow-up CD Porcography in summer 2005.) C’est tres Bon! Highly recommended.