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French Toast

Funk band L’Impératrice is touring India with its new-age disco sounds.

Written by Anjali Jhangiani KP |
October 24, 2013 2:45:18 am

Growing up in a family of musicians,it was sort of obvious that Charles de Boisseguin would build a career in music. “It was as if music chose me,” says Boisseguin,with a hint of guilt for using such a cliche. Just ahead of a performance in the city,he recalls his search for like-minded musicians to form a band and work on his compositions. He was lucky enough to find Antoine Bigot,David Gaugué,Hagni Gwon and Martin Newmann. Five months down the line,they came out with their debut EP,influenced by hip-hop and including some verses of rap.

It’s been a year since and now they are out with another set of songs,with which they are treading new paths. Boisseguin says their aim is to revive and add their personal flavour to French disco and underground house with this second EP,titled Sonate Pacifique,which comprises five tracks.

The first song in the EP is styled like a cinematographic soundtrack. “I like watching movies of all genres. In the ’70s,the French horror and thriller movies had a typical score. I wanted to experiment with it and that inspired one song. Another is inspired by the songs that ruled nightclubs in France during the ’90s,” says Boisseguin. The third song expresses the emotion of love and paints a picture of two lovers — hand in hand,with their fingers interlocked,going for a long walk on the beach. The fourth,he explains,is a gloomy instrumental tale about boats sinking in the sea while the fifth song is “a surprise track”.

While the themes of his songs vary,there is one unmistakable common strain that resounds through all the tracks in the EP — a lack of vocals. Boisseguin says it was a conscious decision to refrain from using vocals because he wanted his listeners to pitch their focus entirely on the music. “For me,music is more of bass lines,beats and melodies. I have noticed that when a track has vocals,listeners tend to look for meaning in the vocals and divert a majority of their attention to it. Consequently,the music ends up being a mere background. For this EP,we have worked hard on the music and we wanted to present that to our audience,” he says.

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After their performance in Delhi,Bangalore,Chennai,Pune and Mumbai,the band will be heading to Pondicherry. Ask him if his music has any Indian elements to it and Boisseguin looks back to his growing-up years.

“My parents once gifted me a CD with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s compositions. I was fascinated by the music he created. But I have not incorporated any Indian influences in my work as yet. Hopefully,after our trip,we will pick up some Indian elements to incorporate in our next production,” he says.

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