Published Jun 24, 2009The emergence of Get Back Guinozzi Get Back Guinozzi has been a long time coming. Here is a little history to fill you in, courtesy of the band's new label, FatCat:
Now comprising a 5-piece band based between London and the South of France, Get Back Guinozzi is the brainchild of two French friends, Eglantine Gouzy and Fred Landini. Front-person Eglantine is someone FatCat have been talking with for a while, having posted three of her solo tracks on our online demo MP3 archive way back in 2004. Having remained in regular contact, in Spring 2008 Eglantine (at the time living alone deep in the jungle in India whilst recording a solo album) mailed us a CDR of the band project she'd been working on with Fred, which immediately enchanted us.
The roots of Get Back Guinozzi lay in Fred's composing 15 "one-minute tracks" for a contemporary dance company, using a minimal set up of a guitar, rhythm box, and only one keyboard sound. These compositions yielded the melody for the song 'L.A.' Having already collaborated with her on some previous tracks, he sent London-based Eglantine an early instrumental version of the song to work on and loved what she did with it. Fred then sent her the music for 'Go Back to School' and the pair were so excited by the results that they decided to form a band. More tracks were sent across the internet during winter 2007, with Eglantine adding vocals, some keyboards, percussion and weird electronics, until a full album worth of material was formed.
What strikes me most about Get Back Guinozzi is how impossible it is to determine where they're from. Members may hail from France and England (not Brooklyn!), but the exoticism and colours of their music masks their origins. You can hear such a vast range of influences and imaginations converging, which often feels like your ears are playing tricks on your brain.
"Carpet Madness" sounds like a long lost Smiths instrumental found its way into the hands of Adrian Sherwood, who gave it some good On-U lovin' before Panda Bear fucked it up a little with his samplers. Eglantine's voice gives me overwhelming urges to draw comparisons to Bow Wow Wow's Annabella Lwin, the Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson and Gang Gang Dance's Liz Bougatsos, but with an adolescent innocence. I can't wait to hear the final version of this song, when Carpet Madness the album hits some time in October.
Up first, however, will be a single called "Low Flies Tropical," the B-side of which is a cover of Junior Murvin's "Police & Thieves." FatCat has given it away as a freebie, which you can download here.
For those who share my excitement, you can also check out Eglantine's demos here.