BENJAMIN SCHOOS ANNOUNCES NIGHT MUSIC, LOVE SONGS – 29TH JANUARY 2016 ON FREAKSVILLE
BROOKLYN VEGAN PREMIERES LEAD SINGLE “I LOVE YOU”
Belgian-born Francophile Benjamin Schoos doesn’t sleep much. Instead he spends his nights thumbing through novels in front of the black-and-white flicker of old science-fiction movies, swimming in the stillness and hush of a world outside momentarily calm. It was in this “nocturnal ambience,” as he calls it, that his latest selection of piano-led Parisian pop songs, each one like a slow kiss amid the madness of Belleville patisserie, came to him.
“I Love You,” with its lush saxophone solos, is the lead single from Night Music, Love Songs, Schoos’ fourth solo album and premieres today on Brooklyn Vegan. “I Love You has a slight touch of soul, It’s an intimate song which mixes delicate flavours of nostalgia with intense sentimental rêverie. I wanted the listener to be immersed in the nocturnal ambiance I was living in while recording. For that 6 minutes long song , I have worked my voice a lot, I have dared passing from my natural voice (low) to a falsetto which is really new for me! It ends with a lush saxophone solo enhanced by an analogue solina string machine.”
“Both women and the night are muses of this album,” says the one-time Eurovision Song Contest representative for Belgium, but that’s not where his inspiration ends. The glacial minimalism of Erik Satie influences parts of Night Songs, Love Music; the pre- and post-war French chanson of Charles Trenet and Henri Salvador elsewhere.
“Soft jazz and sunshine pop” were other factors in its making but one record in particular convinced him to forgo some of the wild-eyed stories of his previous records – 2014’s remarkable Beau Futur(an electronic fantasia of stories of stuntmen, astronauts and sun-soaked Italian villas), and 2012’s China Man vs China Girl (about a broken-down wrestler, based on an action figure his son owned. It was on this record which Schoos memorably collaborated with Lætitia Sadier on the stirring lead single “Je Ne Vois Que Vous,” earning him a place on the BBC 6 Music A-list) – to confront the twin highs and lows of love. “I really love the Lewis album L’amour.‘It convinced me one could make a record on this theme and evoke a dream of Paris.”
“I Love You” https://soundcloud.com/freaksvillerecords/benjamin-schoos-i-love-you-album-version