The Paris-based collective Valparaiso releases the new single and video ‘Rising Tides’ June 2nd featuring a duet between guests-singers Phoebe Killdeer of Nouvelle Vague and Howe Gelb. It is the overture of their upcoming album “Broken Homeland” produced by John Parish, to be released September 22nd throughout Europe via Zamora Label.
The video has been directed by filmmakers Richard Dumas and Amaury Voslion who comment on the minimalistic black and white clip starring a young lady eating savagely a bloody pomegranate, while taking her bath: ”To drown or not to drown… Are you experienced?”
Valparaiso release their debut album ‘Broken Homeland’ on 22 September 2017 on Zamora
The Chilean seaport Valparaiso has been a distant, yet mystic point for travellers and sailors. The French musical collective Valparaiso symbolizes a harbor that welcomes artists who stay for a while, leave and may come back. Though, the travelling and no-border mentalities unite Valparaiso and their manifold guests.
It is the artist’s passion for the iconic photographer Sergio Lorrain’s raw imagery, as well as Joris Ivens and Chris Maker’s film about Valparaiso that led to the name’s choice of Valparaiso. At the same time, this marked the overall aesthetics of the project, which also leads to a particular visual note in the many short-films, photos and stage-design.
Hervé and Thierry Mazurel, musicians and co-founders of the French cult act Jack The Ripper are at the origin of Valparaiso. Stable members are also Matthieu Texier (guitars), Thomas Belhom (drums) and Adrien Rodrigue (violin and vibraphones), all indie-rock scene experienced musicians.
We may remind that just before Jack the Ripper’s 4th album recording session, a surprising split from their iconic singer left the band without a frontman. Out of the ashes of Jack the Ripper, they marked a milestone with The Fitzcarraldo Sessions, an experimental predecessor to Valparaiso (among them Stuart Staples of Tindersticks, Joey Burns of Calexico, Blaine Reininger of Tuxedomoon, Craig Walker of Archive). The album We hear Voices immediately gained rave reviews in France.
While the music on “Broken Homeland” was composed by Valparaiso, the guests were invited through creative and organic networking and finally coincidences. The lyrics and vocals were written in total liberty by each singer and recorded together in Bristol, where it was all unified and consolidated by John Parish. Today, their first album Broken Homeland resemble a photo-book that documents the collective.