I COULD BE HAPPY KWAIDAN, OUT 25 NOVEMBER Divisive French covers phenomenon return.
Commencing operations in 2004 with bossa nova interpretations of Love Will Tear Us Apart and Teenage Kicks, it didn’t take long for Nouvelle Vague’s preconception-yanking schtick to pale. Six years after their last LP, they’re back for another tilt, with tastefully retro-pop arrangements of songs by Cocteau Twins, Altered Images and The Cure. Unsurprisingly, anyone left cold by the idea of such softcore covers may not enjoy aggression-drained recastings of the Ramones’ I Wanna Be Sedated or The Voidoids’ Love Comes In Spurts. But equally, there’s decent adult pop to be had: the jazzy take on Brian Eno’s No One Is Receiving [sic] has a cool mystique, while four band originals have their own quiet charm. IAN HARRISON
Listen To: No One Is Receiving | La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps