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Who’s behind Bon Voyage Organisation, the hottest thing in pop in right now?

 

At the September 14th launch party at Badaboum for their new EP, Géographie, Numéro met up with the disco-pop group who used to share the same label as La Femme. A four points portrait…

The video of their new single Géographie directed by Visions Particulières

  1. 1. A MUTANT GROUP

     

    In spite of the name, Bon Voyage Organisation is actually the work of one man, Adrien Durand who started by officiating as song-writer and producer for Les Aéroplanes. Through a series of encounters Bon Voyage was born and this futurist disco band continues to swell in numbers. Their last EP Xingyé released on the same label as La Femme (Disque Pointu) in 2012 cleverly blended synthetic pop with oriental influences. Now Columbia is releasing their new cosmic EP Géographie.

Their new EP Géographie, artwork by Visions Particulières

  1. 2. ECLECTIC INFLUENCES, FROM HONG KONG TO THE USA

     

    More inspired by exotic atmospheres and cultures than by actual styles of music, it was the result of several melodic slaps that Adrien started doing music. “Among the major musical discoveries I’ve made over the years, Soft Machine and Miles Davis play an important role. Hong Kong pop from the 1970s is also a huge reference for me. Generally speaking I like fusion in music, I like mixing it up.”

     

The video of Love Soup from their EP Xingye directed by Visions Particulières

  1. 3. A TASTE FOR TRAVEL AND THE UNKNOWN

     

    When talking to him about travelling, the musician is very precise about what the word means to him: “It’s not travelling in a touristic sense that inspires me, but more the idea of travelling linked to exodus and exile. It’s linked to an idea of the unknown, discovery and curiosity.” As his explorations gathered momentum he worked with the techno label Mathematics Recordings in Chicago in 2009, he released his first two EPs in London and finally ended up in Paris at Disque Pointu. Like the pinnacle of this thirst for discovery their music became a melting pot of African, Asiatic and European inspirations that all fuse together to create this unique, unclassifiable sound.

     

Photo by Visions Particulières

  1. 4. AN EXTRAORDINARY VISUAL AESTHETIC

     

    The videos and visual world of the group boast a polished aesthetic rich in references. BVO always works with the same graphic designer, known as Visions Particulières. “We’re influenced by so many things from a propaganda aesthetic to retro-futurism, in fact my biggest visual shock was and always will be Blade Runner. I’m utterly fascinated by the future, the evolution of the world and the possibilities implicated.

 

Find Bon Voyage Organisation on 14th sptember at Badaboum in Paris. 

Géographie (Colombia Records) from Bon Voyage Organisation. Available from 9th october.

 

By Marion Ottaviani

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