Papooz popped up in the spring of 2015. They played smooth melodies, rhythms that swayed the hips with a pop spirit tinged with an exotic je-ne-sais-quoi. The song was called “Ann Wants To Dance” and made our spring, split between sudden downpours and sunny spells.
Night Sketches Album
Night Sketches, out on March 8th, is the follow-up to French pop duet Papooz’s first album Green Juice. The album spawned single release Ann Wants To Dance (alongside a video directed by French artist & musician SoKo), which has since clocked over 12 million streams online and counting. After selling out both Moth Club & The Sebright Arms, Papooz headlined Scala in London in December 2018.
Produced by Adrien Durand of Bon Voyage Organisation, Night Sketches finds Papooz perfecting their gift for wonky, exotic pop balanced with surreal, character-driven lyricism. “We had this romantic idea of capturing the essence of night life : its stories, its suspicious characters, its highs & lows and put them into pop songs. Whilst Night Sketches continues to keep Papooz tongue firmly in cheek, there’s real precision at play in Armand Cottin and Ulysse Penicaut’s assimilation of soft rock, jazz and Brazilian music, leavened with an unmistakably British sense of humour (those lyrics sung in English are not by chance).
Last Video release : ‘Theatrical State of Mind’
Following their acclaimed album Night Sketches, Papooz release a new video clip for ‘Theatrical State of Mind’.
This song is the « french touch » track of the album. ‘We wanted to make something slow disco and extra groovy like Claudia Barry’s ‘Love for the sake of love’.
This video was directed by Parisian director and musician Pablo Padovani aka Moodoïd(French artist), he is part of an effervescent scene of creatives in Paris ranging from musicians to photographers, from graphic designers to 3D designers all firmly determined to leave their mark on culture.
The idea came out of a dream that Armand had a few weeks ago, of Ulysse being a mad and severe king in a castle where banquets and crazy parties happen, attended by weird characters and a court jester.