SODA FOUNTAIN RAG – EXTRA LIFE

Norway’s Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl is known to most as Soda Fountain Rag, and we are happy to announce that she is back with a beautifully catchy and yet touching album titled Extra Life, out this April via WWNBB. Ragnhild’s newest work (the first since Reel Around Me) was partly written in Bergen and in part scrapped while on tour during the last five years, then recorded by Alessandro Paderno and Fabio Benni (Le Man Avec Les Lunettes) at Red Carpet Studio (Italy) in October 2015/ January 2016. Extra Life is a collection of stills from Ragnhild’s life, ranging from the highest high to the lowest low. Exrta Life comes in a beautiful artwork by Silja Haddal Mork, and you can order now this very limited edition (only 100 copies!) on 12″ vinyl or digital download, directly from our stores.

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 Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl e’meglio conosciuta come Soda Fountain Rag,e siamo contenti di annunciare il suo ritorno con un bellissimo album, caratterizzato da melodie pop e da canzoni molto personali, intitolato Extra Life e uscito per WWNBB il 29 Aprile.  Il nuovo lavoro di Ragnhild (il primo dopo Reel Around Me) e’stato registrato in parte a Bergen e in parte in giro per l’ Europa negli ultimi cinque anni, successivamente registrato da Alessandro Paderno e Fabio Benni (Le Man Avec Les Lunettes) al Red Carpet Studio (Italy) in due sessioni, Ottobre 2015 e Gennaio  2016.
Extra Life e’ una raccolta di fotogrammi della vita di Ragnhild, dai picchi piu’ alti a quelli piu’ bassi.
Extra Life e’ stato stampato in una edizione limitatissima di 100 copie in vinile 12″ la cui copertina e’ stata disegnata da Silja Haddal Mork.

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Le Man Avec Les Lunettes share new track, announce gigs in Germany

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Italian pop darlings Le Man Avec Les Lunettes have recorded various covers over the course of their 10 years career. Originally available as various spare tracks, LMALL have collected their covers into a soundcloud playlist. Their latest is a beautiful version of REM’s classic, Night Swimming. Check it out!

Additionally, LMALL have announced three gigs in Germany. Dates are below:

31.03.15 Würzburg @ Cairo w/Be Forest
01.04.15 Berlin @ kusskuss
02.04.15 Hamburg @ Astrastube

Ten years later, but younger

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  “Is it already ten years? No way! You look great! Tell me the truth: there’s a painting of you hidden in some Swedish rooftop that gets older instead of you!” Le Man Avec Les Lunettes, in the spirit of an indie-pop Dorian Gray, celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut single “Saturate it, Than Reverse!”, with a new version of “Aging Again”, one of their all time hits.
Alessandro Paderno and Fabio Benni, for this special “10 Years Older” re-edition of the song, invited some friends to help giving Aging Again a new life: Daniela Savoldi and Simone Gelmini, already cello and drums in the latest formation of the band, and Andrea Abeni (guitar) from the band Annie Hall. This new Aging Again has been mixed by Matilde Davoli (Girl With The Gun and Studiodavoli) at Sudeststudio. The years go by, but the striking sound of these Italians doesn’t sound one bit older!

Sono già passati dieci anni? Non ci credo. Vi trovo benissimo! Ditemi la verità: esiste un quadro con il vostro ritratto, nascosto in qualche soffitta in Svezia, che invecchia al vostro posto! Come allegri Dorian Gray dell’indiepop, i Le Man Avec Les Lunettes festeggiano il decimo anniversario del loro singolo di debutto, Saturate It, Than Reverse!, con una nuova versione di una delle loro canzoni preferite di sempre: Aging Again.
Alessandro Paderno e Fabio Benni hanno coinvolto in questa speciale riedizione “10 Years Older” un po’ di amici che, nel corso degli anni, si sono aggiunti alla famiglia “con gli occhiali”: Daniela Savoldi al violoncello, Simone Gelmini alla batteria e Andrea Abeni degli Annie Hall alla chitarra. Inoltre, questa nuova Aging Again è stata mixata e masterizzata al Sudeststudio da Matilde Davoli (già Girl With The Gun e Studiodavoli). Passano gli anni, ma il suono smagliante della band bresciana, qui più beatlesiano che mai, non appare invecchiato di un solo giorno.

Le Man Avec Les Lunettes – Summer Summer – Official Video

There’s a new Le Man Avec Les Lunettes video online! Premiere on Impose! Swimming visual sentiments arranged courtesy of Erica Terenzi’s (Be Forest) and Lorenzo Musto, additional vocals by Costanza of Be Forest.

Music Video for Summer Summer directed by MUTE project. Summer Summer was writter by Le Man Avec Les Lunettes, recorder by Alessandro Paderno & Fabio Benni, mixed & mastered by Lorenzo Caperchi @ Red Carpet Studio.

‘Summer Summer ‘ appears on Le Man Avec Les Lunettes’s 2014 album ‘Make It Happen’, available from,
iTunes – itunes.apple.com/it/album/make-it-happen­/id798914931
Bandcamp – wwnbb.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-053-make-­it-happen-le-man-avec-les-lunettes
Amazon – amazon.it/Make-Happen-Man-Avec-Lunettes/­dp/B00JYN66XE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid­=1413570781&sr=8-4&keywords=le+m­an+avec+les+lunettes

Le Man Avec Les Lunettes – Make It Happen

 The first thing that strikes the listener is the light; Le Man Avec Les Lunettes are able to write music that lights up , illuminating the heart and making radiant everything around. And the songs on this Make it Happen are full of light: Things To Do is a clear spring awakening, Get In Touch is pure summer sun, while Dancing all the Night contains the clarity of the northern sky, and Summer reflects reverberations on a lake. The always sweet melodies that Le Man Avec Les Lunettes have gotten us used to, now shine in arrangements of strings generous as ever, which is one of the most striking features of this new work . Every album is a description of itself and Make it Happen is no exception, but perhaps it is because of the desire to fill all these years of waiting (the previous Plaskaplaskabombelibom came out in 2008 and after that the Ep Sparkles was released in 2011 ), one of the strands of this album seems to be the music itself. Quoting the lyrics from Cookies, ” I believe in songs”. In a recent interview for Impose the band says: “We make pop music in a non-simple way. There are many layers in our songs, but yes, basically our music is funny and weird lyrics with dancing & romantic melodies”. Given that we can define romantic : ” Letting go has not really been something I’ve been good at” , rather than a key to the whole album is a poetry manifesto. The sound of Les Man Avec Les Lunettes , besides the usual comparisons with Belle & Sebastian (not to mention the band’s love  for the Beatles and the Beach Boys ), recalls some Scandinavian indie-pop , and indeed in these songs it’s easy to find traits of Jens Lekman or the Concretes . The non-common skill (that this album has in abundance), is to be able to combine all these elements in a single moment, and…. Make It Happen !

 La prima cosa che colpisce è la luce. I Le Man Avec Les Lunettes sono capaci di scrivere musica che illumina, che rischiara il cuore e rende radiosa ogni cosa che sfiora. E le canzoni di questo nuovo album traboccano di luce: il sereno risveglio di primavera di Things To Do, il sole estivo di Get In Touch, il cielo nordico e terso di Dancing All The Night e i riverberi sopra il lago di Summer. Le melodie come sempre dolcissime dei Le Man Avec Les Lunettes risplendono dentro arrangiamenti di archi generosi come non mai, una delle qualità determinanti di questo nuovo lavoro. Da un certo punto di vista ogni disco parla di sé stesso, e Make It Happen non fa eccezione. Ma forse per la voglia di colmare tutti questi anni passati ad aspettarlo (il precedente Plaskaplaskabombelibom è del 2008), uno dei fili conduttori di questa raccolta sembra essere proprio la musica stessa, dall’ispirazione trovata in una drum machine fino alla radio lasciata accesa in un giorno di vacanza. Come canta il singolo Cookies, “I believe in songs”. «Noi facciamo musica pop in modo non semplice. Ci sono molti strati nelle nostre canzoni, ma in fondo la formula della nostra musica resta: testi divertenti, un po’ di danze stravaganti e melodie romantiche». Sempre poi che ci si intenda su cosa possiamo definire romanticismo: “Letting go has not really been something that I’ve been good at”, più che un verso chiave dell’intero disco sembra già un manifesto di poetica. Il suono dei Lunettes, oltre ai consueti paragoni con i Belle and Sebastian (per non parlare dei loro primi amori, ovvero Beatles e Beach Boys), ha richiamato alla mente certo indiepop scandinavo, e in effetti dentro queste canzoni capita di ritrovare tratti alla Jens Lekman o dei primi Concretes. Il talento non comune, e che questo album offre in abbondanza, è quello di riuscire a combinare tutti questi elementi in un solo istante: come recita il titolo, Make It Happen!

Streaming – Le Man Avec Les Lunettes – Make it Happen

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Le Man Avec Les Lunettes – 2014

It’s been a long time waiting, but finally after 3 years since the release of that pearl that is Sparkles, Le Man Avec Les Lunettes‘ fans can rejoice as on March 10 the band will release their new album: Make It Happen. This new work is the result of years on the road and at the recording studio, in the specific at Red Carpet Studio, where Lorenzo Caperchi has been in charge of the production of the album together with the band. The final work has been then mixed by the same Caperchi and mastered by Nils Frahm.

You can stream Make It Happen now, in its entirety, via Impose and Rockit.

preorder: Bandcamp / Itunes

Le Man Avec Les Lunettes, Cookies and tour

Le Man Avec Les Lunettes have announced a new album, titled “Make it happen”, and is sharing its second single. You can liste to “Cookies” here! (The Sound Of Confusion Premiere).

Make it Happen will be out on 03.10.14 via WWNBB. Pick it up via Bandcamp or Itunes and see Le Man Avec Les Lunettes on tour this spring:

13.03.14 Roma – Unplugged ai Monti @ Blackmarket FB EVENT
14.03.14 Foligno @ Supersonic
15.03.14 Carpi @ Mattatoio FB EVENT
21.03.13 Napoli @ George Best
22.03.13 Caserta @ SMAV
28.03.14 Prato @ Controsenso FB EVENT
29.03.14 Milano @ Arci Ohibò – “Make It Happen” release party FB EVENT
03.04.14 Torino @ Astoria w/ Be Forest
18.04.14 Brescia @ Lio Bar
19.04.14 Firenze @ Glue club w/ Be Forest
01.05.14 Padova @ TBA
17.05.14 Modena @ Caffè delle Passioni (matinee)

Below you can listen to the first single “Former Leader”:

 

Le Man Avec Les Lunettes, RollingStone video premiere

We are inching closer towards the release from Le Man Avec Les Lunettes. The record will be available at our store or through your preferred digital retailer March 10th, but you can pre-order the LP or CD beginning today at wwnbb.bandcamp.com. If you’re hungry for more information about the band and the release, head to rollingstonemagazine.it. Yesterday, they premiered the video below. Stay tuned for more Le Man Avec Les Lunettes content in the coming weeks, and pre-order the CD or LP here.

Le Man Avec Les Lunettes – Former Leader from Alejandro Prullansky on Vimeo.