Arne Vinzon + Sydney Valette

Music, Rock and indie
Arne Vinzon
Arne Vinzon

Launched into the spotlight by his 2011 hit 'Lente Dépression', vocalist Arne Vinzon (real name Arnaud Vincent) has since carved out a niche in the market with his surreally poetic lyrics and synthpop backing (courtesy of cousin Matthieu Devos). Vinzon's quirks may take some getting used to – judge for yourself by giving his hilarious track 'Les Otaries', an ode to Vincennes Zoo, a listen (we defy you to find another artist that sings the praises of 'cuddly wapitis' and 'heterosexual elephants'). But the duo's music benefits from extended playing time; it's a rare listener who hasn't come away enraptured.

Hard to imagine a more fitting opening act than Sydney Valette, whose cold wavesque electropop (with sprinklings of 8-bit noodling) evokes New Wave French band Taxi Girl. Valette doesn't so much sing as incant his lyrics, which demonstrate a knack for describing banal situations in a mesmerising way.

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