THE DRIVE TOUR – Featuring Performances by: COLLEGE / ANORAAK / ELECTRIC YOUTH at the Pike Room

FRIDAY JULY 27, 2012
doors at 8pm
tickets: $15 (On Sale 6/8 at 10am) (buy tickets)


THE DRIVE TOUR – Featuring Performances by: COLLEGE / ANORAAK / ELECTRIC YOUTH at the Pike Room


The architecture, the surrealism, or even the spy novels are as many inspirations which made up the creative influences of the compositions by Northern Council. The exchanges between College and Alexander Burkart (The Zonders) and the sharing of their references also shaped this visual and sound universe.

It was thus evident for the record to come along exclusive illustrations (under the shape of six cards illustrated on both sides) to extend the listening through graphic reflections. 500 limited copies will be produced and this collector's edition will be available March 14th on the Valerie’s blog.

College, from his real name David Grellier, is a French electronic music composer born in 1979 in Nantes. At the end of the 90s, he purchased his first computer, with which he realized numerous demos influenced by artists such as Jeff Mills, Aphex Twin and labels such as Soma Records, Peacefrog or still Warp. In April 2007, he met Anoraak and decided to create a blog to share their most recent productions: the Valerie project was born. Other artists such as The Outrunners, Maethelvin or even Russ Chimes would soon join the blog. His first Ep Teenage Color was released that same year and allowed him to meet the German illustrators The Zonders.

A collaboration started then with the latter for all the flyers related to the Valerie Parties, as well as all the records and projects which are associated to them. An identity and a musical movement evoking a kind of nostalgia from the 80s arose and the international press started to notice the productions associated with Valerie. In 2009, while his first album entitled Secret Diary was being released, College toured with Anoraak all through the biggest capitals in Europe, the United States and Australia. College also collaborated closely with the Canadian duet Electric Youth, who participated to the Ep A Real Hero, released on the Belgian label Flexx Records. In the meantime, Valerie became a real label by producing two 7inch with the support of the New-York collective Free Danger.


When Frédéric Rivière says something along the lines of “the sun and the sea are really important to me,” it’s easy to think, ‘Oh great, another chillwave artist who enjoys long walks on the beach and sitting on the dock of the bay all day.’ If only things were that simple. While he’s certainly into laser-guided synth lines and sepia-toned nostalgia trips, Rivière’s debut album as Anoraak (Wherever the Sun Sets) is more indebted to Italo disco, Motown-schooled funk and sepia-toned pop music—think: M83 on Ecstasy—than anything that’s lo-or-glo-fi. Which makes sense. After all, it’s not like the French producer/singer/multi-instrumentalist picked up his first battery-powered keyboard yesterday. Truth be told, Anoraak began as a bedroom-based project about eight years ago, as Rivière searched for sound engineer work and found nothing but bar gigs. Rivière reached a breaking point soon enough, after his role in several indie rock bands started to feel like “just another job.” Determined to find his calling in the West of France, Rivière joined his old friends in Nantes (a city Time once called the most livable spot in all of Europe) and helped launch the Valerie collective/blog. Before he knew it, Rivière was channeling his childhood on the Nightdrive With You EP, a buzz-stirring attempt at everything from moon-lit club music (the title track) to Boards of Canada-inspired IDM (“Endless Summer”). Similar traces of melancholy slip into Wherever the Sun Sets (the richly-layered instrumental loops of “Midnight Sunset,” the beat-powered balladry of “Dolphins & Highways”) as well. But let’s be honest—it’s a feel-good full-length for the most part., a seamless blend of live and programmed elements that’s essentially an electronic take on the SoCal rock LPs (Weezer, That Dog) that Rivière loved as a kid growing up in the South of France (the Medieval city where Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was filmed, if you must know). SoCal in spirit, at least, as standout tracks like “Try Me” and “Long Hot Summer Night” absolutely nail the essence of being on a beach without a care in the world.



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