Provoke a powerful desire, that’s what an artist can, or should, achieve. And Thomas Azier, as much through his music as his personality, certainly succeeds. Born in an era when irony and the absence of sincere emotions – replaced by the internet and its perpetual spirit of derision, real TV etc – the young musician has built himself up in reaction. Because he has only ever known a world removed from emotion, he is more vulnerable to experiencing this lack and this want. Proudly he defends a need to express the state of his soul, his experiences and his most intimate dreams. And above all to communicate to his public a thirst to show his true colours.
“I assume my feelings and the search for beauty even if that might seem very literal. My romanticism is neither nostalgic nor reactionary, quite the contrary.”
While his electronic music has known some passionate lyrical flights, his tracks retain a certain pop levity. However they are distinguished by some special 80's reminiscences that give them a cool sensuality: new wave and industrial music are never far away, though Thomas Azier somehow manages to keep them at a distance while imposing his own resolutely contemporary and much more complex constructions. Every track is thus a long narrative. ““I assume my feelings and the search for beauty,” Thomas Azier tells us at the launch of his last album, “Even if that might seem very literal. My objective is to combine this approach with a new exciting sound. My romanticism is neither nostalgic nor reactionary, quite the contrary. I’m aware that there’s a sort of naivety in my approach, and I try to preserve it. Just like I try and keep the dark beauty I perceive in the world and that nourishes my music.”