Emerging from the Montreal francophone electropop scene nowadays is quite easier when you play light parodic eurodance à la Numéro# than dark visionary wave-pop. With his Philip Oakey look, his analogic keyboards and his true-to-life pessimist stories, Xavier Paradis, aka Automelodi, is definitely closer to the second category.
Formerly known as Arnaud Lazlaud and later as Echo-Kitty, playing since the mid 90's, Xavier released a debut album "Savonchanté" in 2005, including some thrilling anthems like the robotic "Fran Kubilik" or the dance-floor killer "Danielechtaire" in the purest Neue Deutshe Welle and Fad Gadget styles. Blurring the sonic boundaries between primitive electronic sounds and live instruments is probably one of the main aesthetic ideas defining Automelodi’s music. This certainly reflects the band’s wide range of influences, which include Phil Spector’s bursts of madness (musically speaking, of course), Mancunian Pop, and the minimal electro-pop of early ‘80s French bands such as Mathématiques Modernes.
In the meantime, he also produced the highly acclaimed 2007 album "L'amour et l'occident" from Plaza Musique, which must be one of the best pop objects coming from Canada lately. Now the Automelodi identity has surfaced, it's getting more and more obvious Mr Paradis' pop-songwritings' excellence can no longer lie hidden. Listening to "Schéma corporel" (body music in form and in content) or the half electro/half guitar "Buanderie Jazz" won't take a lot of a time to convert you, hopefully...
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“Highly unique for a North American band in 2010, Automelodi proudly embraces the infinitely rich ground of French pop musical influences - including the legendary ‘Chanteurs’ of the ‘60s and ‘70s, classic French cold wave(aka ‘La Vague Froide’) and minimal synth, and early UK new wave. The album carefully weaves together a series of hook-laden uptempo pop trax with with a set of stylishly confident, yet vulnerably melancholic downtempo songs that allow the listener to catch his misty breath in the mix, with nearly all vocals smoothly delivered in French.

As is often the case within French literature, poetry, and pop musical history the freely associative, intuitive and often dreamlike play of language and the voice is of prime importance to the band. And indeed for the English-speaking listener in particular, the vocals function as an additional flowing and soaring instrument in the mix as well as a mysteriously mediating force that provocatively obscure the lyrical narratives at work, while carefully playing off of both the icily detached guitars and the warmly, organic electronics. An amazing balancing act it is, and negotiating this plethora of conflicting forces within the record is quite an exciting sonic event to experience…welcome to the world of Automelodi.

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2010 - Automelodi

[Singles & EPs]
2009 - Fait Ses Courses

2009 - A.A.V.V. - Wierd Records
2011 - Portable People

Listen songs:
Schéma Corporel