THEO HAKOLA & THE WOBBLY ASHES | LOLITO | ALEXANDRE VARLET | MAUD LÜBECK January 24, 2013
On a freezing January evening, Les Disques du 7ème Ciel celebrated the release of five new albums with a party at Petit Bain, a floating arts center moored in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. An eclectic night with Theo Hakola's blues rock, Lolito's pop rock, Alexandre Varlet's folk noir and Maud Lubeck's sensual French chanson.
Theo Hakola is the man behind Orchestre Rouge and Passion Fodder. Signed on Barclay and Beggars Banquet, both bands left their mark on the 80s and 90s independent rock music scene. An American musician, novelist and actor, Hakola embarked on a solo career in 1993. Seven albums later, one can only admire the enduring quality of his output.
Lolito are a 4-headed pop rock beast. Although their influences are clear (Pixies, Blonde Redhead, B-52's), the French band has a very fresh sound with incredibly catchy songs. After having played extensively for three years and appearing at the Main Square of the Arras Festival, Les Transmusicales de Rennes and Liverpool Sound City, Lolito's first album has landed.
Although Alexandre Varlet may not be the most prolific of French singer-songwriters, he is without doubt one of our most talented. Influenced by British post-punk and American 70s folk, his albums are a rare treat for fans of French Chanson and folk music alike.
Over the last few years, Maud Lübeck has managed to strike emotional chords with anyone fortunate enough to see her concerts, notably during her numerous residences at the legendary Parisian venue Les Trois Baudets. Her music is a very physical world with a subtle richness that touches the heart without ever compromising the melodies.