Paris’ Papooz are today airing new track ‘Danger To Myself’, ahead of an upcoming London Scala headline show on December 12, 2018. Produced by Adrien Durand of Bon Voyage Organisation, the track is the much-anticipated first new music from Ulysse Cottin and Armand Penicaut since 2016’s debut ‘Green Juice’. The album spawned single release ‘Ann Wants To Dance’ (alongside a video directed by French artist & musician SoKo), which has since clocked over 12 million streams online and counting. The Scala date follows previous sold-out London shows from Papooz at Moth Club & The Sebright Arms. ‘Danger To Myself’ is streaming via Youtube here and via streaming platforms here.
Enabled by Durand’s butter-smooth production and a typically androgynous vocal from Penicaut, ‘Danger To Myself’ finds Papooz perfecting their gift for wonky, exotic pop balanced with surreal, character-driven lyricism. Speaking about the track, Ulysse and Armand say; “Danger To Myself sets the mood and defines the sound of our second album, soon to be released in 2019. We had this romantic idea of capturing the essence of night life: its stories, its suspicious characters, its highs & lows and put them into pop songs.”
The pair were originally thrown together as part of boozy gatherings of literary obsessives in their home city of Paris. Early and altogether more earnest aspirations to create a political fanzine together were soon ditched in favour of finessing the music Ulysse and Armand had instead begun writing. Early computer demos of their warped, bossa nova-informed pop fed off of a shared affinity for bedfellows as unpredictable as the Beach Boys & Ella Fitzgerald, to The White Stripes & Karen Dalton.
Whilst ‘Danger To Myself’ continues to keep Papooz’ tongue firmly in cheek, there’s real precision at play in Cottin and Penicaut’s assimilation of soft rock, jazz and Brazilian music, leavened with an unmistakably British sense of humour (those lyrics sung in English are not by chance). With details incoming for a new album from Papooz in 2019, in the meantime you could do worse than heed the louche, spoken-word intro to ‘Danger To Myself’ murmured beneath the background clatter of a dive bar.
“Hey baby, yeah, it’s been a long time coming. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, sit back, relax, and here we go…..”
Praise for Papooz
“French duo specialising in warmed-toned bossa nova songs so catchy they sound carry a health warning” The Guardian
“Their debut album is likely to stay glued to your ears all summer long” Les In Rocks