Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague by Julian Marshall
Nouvelle Vague by Julian Marshall

I Could Be Happy‘ Nouvelle Vague’s first LP of new music in six years, is out now on Kwaidan Records / !K7. Order here.

The album marks a return for Nouvelle Vague’s founders – French producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux – with their signature bossa nova reinterpretations of ‘80s and ‘90s punk, post- punk and new wave hits. I Could Be Happy also includes the pair’s first-ever original compositions featuring a variety of vocalists.

Marc Collin is also releasing a documentary titled Nouvelle Vague by Nouvelle Vague. The film takes a look at the story behind the collective, from the original concept in 2003 to the current record, with a look at all the albums in between and the singers that have accompanied the group during its many tours around the world. Composed entirely of archival images (live shows, TV appearances, home movies and interviews) the film takes an in-depth view of this unique project that revolutionised what a “cover band” could be. Watch the film’s trailer:

Collin and Libaux started the unique project in 2004. The band employed a legion of female singers, many unknown until their performances with the band. Over the course of four records, the band sold more than one million albums worldwide including their self-titled 2004 album and 2006’s Bande A Part—which were released in the U.S. The band has toured internationally, including sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall in London, The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Olympia in Paris.

‘I Could Be Happy’ Album Track Listing.

1) Athol Brose (Cocteau Twins Cover) Feat. Liset Alea
2) Love Comes In Spurts (Richard Hell Cover) Feat. Élodie Frégé
3) I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones Cover) Feat. Camille
4) I Could Be Happy (Altered Images Cover) Feat. Clara Luciani
5) All Cats Are Grey (The Cure Cover) Feat. Mélanie Pain
6) No One Is Receiving (Brian Eno Cover) Feat. Nadeah
7) Maladroit (Original Song) Feat. Mélanie Pain
8) Algo Familiar (Original Song) Feat. Liset Alea
9) Loneliness (Original Song) Feat. Mélanie Pain
10) La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps (Original Song) Feat. Élodie Frégé

US 2017 Tour Dates

March 21 – Howard Theatre, Washington, DC
March 22 – Webster Hall, New York, NY
March 24 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
March 25 – SAT, Montreal, QC
March 26 – Phoenix, Toronto, ON
March 27 – Metro, Chicago, IL
March 29 – Lunario, Mexico City, MX
March 31 – Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA
April 1 – Regent Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

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“Nouvelle Vague are far from a gimmick and in fact are more than capable of adapting their music to fit their equally-classy aesthetic.” Metro

“…filled with delicate, euphoric melodies, it’s an utterly spellbinding offering.” Gigslutz

“The French band…has always shown impeccable taste and even fearlessness in the choice of punk and new wave covers.” BUST Magazine

“…kitschy, jazzy…often sublime” Brooklyn Vegan

Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s work consists of fundamental reimaginings of what amount to standards, sturdy compositions in their own right that hardly need the frisson of recognition to work.” FLOOD Magazine

“I Could Be Happy seems almost more urgent than ever…there is a haunting melancholy that elevates their work from ‘easy listening’ to sublime pop.” Pop Matters

“light, airy, gorgeous” Impose