Bands to Watch #211: Mondrian

By on Wednesday, 4th May 2011 at 12:00 pm

Featuring three Frenchmen and one mademoiselle, Mondrian are a very interesting pop band from Paris. The three Frenchmen are Roman, Morning Crash and Cyrille, singing, rocking out on guitars and banging on drums, respectively. The mademoiselle is Demoiselle, who plays synths. The band have released two EPs so far, ‘Pop Shop’ and ‘Whippersnapper’, the latter released this past Monday. Mondrian are very easy-listening and they never fail to cheer me up after a long day.

‘Tofu Farmer’ from ‘Pop Shop’ released in August 2010 caught my attention immediately for obvious reasons – for one, can you possibly grow tofu (aka beancurd) on a farm? ‘Tofu Farmer’ is very light and joyful. Another track called ‘Last Breakfast on Planet Surf’ is the shortest track on ‘Pop Shop’. Short but ace, the piano on ‘Last Breakfast on Planet Surf’ is very bouncy and this song reminds me of the arrival of summer.

The title track of their second EP, ‘Whippersnapper’, opens in a fairly quirky way with synths and then progresses something really enjoyable. The guitar on this track is much softer, yet everything goes really well together.

Relaxing and easy to listen to, Mondrian are what you need for summer 2011.

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