Tahiti 80 have proven themselves true originals who’ve touched our souls with carefully crafted delights for over fifteen years. Their latest offering however, is their most radical departure yet. Comparable to Blur’s transition from “Leisure to Modern Life Is Rubbish” or perhaps clutching towards Bowie’s chameleon-like early day personas, the entitlement of the word “rebirth” stands evident. Released as the first full-length on their self-owned label Human Sounds, boundaries are finally limitless, something the band did not take for granted this time and/or forward.
For starters, Tahiti 80 is now a six-piece unit. The additions include long time touring members Julien Barbagallo & Raphaël Léger on backing vocals, keyboards, and percussions/drums changing the position of co-writer Sylvain Marchand due to chronic ear damage. The album was produced by Xavier Boyer and Pedro Resende; mixed by Tahiti alumni Tony Lash (Wallpaper For The Soul, Axe Riverboy, Cardinal, Eric Matthews) and Tore Johansson (Puzzle, Cardigans, Franz Ferdinand). The return of both Tony and Tore was a way for the band to be surrounded with familiarity, ensuring their foundation would not become compromised during this new exploration.
Tahiti 80 has always been and will continue as a “musical” band giving the fans the best of their industry. The first single “Solitary Bizness” may not be the most conventional of selections, yet they are pleased to own decisions like these in unison, without compromise. No Mercy, Merci.
Tahiti 80 in the Press:
France’s Neo-New Wavers Tahiti 80 Return (Huffington Post)
Tahiti 80: The Delicious Pull Of Temptation (NPR)
Tahiti 80: The Past, the Present, and the Possible (PopMatters)
Tahiti 80 Premiere Clip for “Darlin” (Video) (URB)
Tahiti 80, ‘Darlin’ (Adam & Eve Song)’ — Video Premiere (AOL Spinner)