Lescop is an exciting, young, french artist who has been developing a project in London with the duo John & Jehn. He has a straightforward objective – he wants to make people dance while he sings about his obsessions, which are complex human relationships, love, films, punk, and his and others’ many different heroes. Amongst them, Yukio Mishima, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Pierre Melville, Jesse Owens, Georges Guynemer and the Red Baron. Lescop has, so far, always written lyrics in French, conscious of a need to reinvent French pop music, to take more risks, “to reconcile the irreconcilable. Who better than John, French producer living in London, to join forces with Lescop? To create an alternative to existing French rock, which sadly seems all but non-existent. To confer disco and Mishima, Bowie – Berlin period – with Yves Simon. “We’re never easy on ourselves, we are really interested in music contradictions, we think this is where the magic happens, we want to mix French popular music with punk, we want our pop to be bipolar; we fight against music boredom, it’s a controlled chaos, a love story.” Lescop writes the lyrics, brings music to John who reinvents new ideas at each proposition, while John’s partner, Jehn, instantly films the artistic effervescence and creates videos in response to the music: tense, sharp and sexy. As a natural consequence, John & Jehn created their label, pop noire, to encapsulate all these facets and drive them into one, distinct direction: a singular creation. Lescop’s first release on pop noire is a terrific French new wave.
November 1, 2013