Erotic Market are a French duo formed in May 2012 by Marine Pellegrini and Lucas Garnier. Both musicians for more than 10 years, they perfected their skills in contemporary jazz bands and a joint venture, N’Relax, which lasted for three years (with two studio albums and many tours under their belts).
This core of Pellegrini and Garnier is surrounded, both in studio and on stage, by two others skilled musicians, making for an astonishing formation with drums, bass, keys, voices and electronic manipulations. The band claim to be influenced by many musical genres, and the group’s founders have eclectic listening tastes: soulful hip-hop for Marine and noise rock for Lucas.
Their music swings between groovy rhythms, the raw energy of rock and saturated but uncluttered low-fi features inspired by noise music and synth pop – but it’s impossible to place them simply in a musical genre, and they have inspired comparisons in the press with artists like The Knife, Erykah Badu, M.I.A and Grimes.
Grasping Erotic Market’s music is like that strange, penetrating dream of unknown music which is, each time, neither quite the same, nor different. It’s like saying that beauty is always strange and is the magnificent essence of genuineness. It’s the odd, elusive feeling of remembering those tunes without knowing them at all, recognizing the vigorous rock garage music, the bright vibrations of electro, the groove of hip-hop…
A magical mix, free from taboos and stereotypes, where the essence of a voice competes with the rough attitudes of drums and keyboards and where sweetness collides with a terrifying bass. In here, no borrowing from anything or anyone.
Erotic Market go fast. A racing car that designs its own routes, spinning past illogical scenery, between sensual, suggestive eroticism and a clear-cut, flashy market. A space where we can feel in turn fully within and without this world. An allegory of contemporary life that often tosses us from the one to the other end.
Erotic Market have some key dates coming up including Liverpool Soundcity this weekend and The Great Escape Festival. Full run here:
01/05/14 @ Liverpool Soundcity | Liverpool w/ Jon Hopkins
05/05/14 @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen | Londres w/ BRNS
06/05/14 @ Gullivers | Manchester w/ BRNS
07/05/14 @ Old Blue Last | Londres w/ BRNS
08/05/14 @ Oakford Social Club | Reading w/ BRNS
09/05/14 @ 60 Million Postcards | Bournemouth w/ BRNS
10/05/14 @ The Great Escape | Brighton w/ Jeremiah Jae
New Album ‘Blahblahrians’ – Out June 24th via Jarring Effects