For our second exclusive this week we bring you an EP from Boudoir Noir, Michiganian purveyors of “dark cabaret pop”
This week’s second exclusive is the new Endless Dawn EP from Boudoir Noir. Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Boudoir Noir describe themselves as “a dark, cabaret pop trio making sultry music for midnight,” and this – their first EP after a number of single releases – will be out on Friday (3 June).
Blending influences from pop, trip-hop and leftfield electronica, Boudoir Noir consist of Maria Fournier on vocals/synth/guitar, Ben Schlatter on drums/percussion/synth and Graham Rockwood. Background vocals on Endless Dawn itself are provided by Tunde Olaniran, while Wild Valentine features BVs from Aaron Reinhard and Dan Zimmicky, and tabla by Abhi Utekar. The EP was mixed at 54 Sound in Ferndale, Michigan and mastered in New Jersey by Joe Lambert Mastering.
Fournier says: “Writing this EP was like setting sail, not knowing where our ship would end up. It was a journey of discovering our new sound layer by layer, wave by wave, over the course of two years. Our style in music changed as we moved into a new stage of our lives. Our older music and songwriting style didn’t resonate with us anymore, so it slowly became less pop/rock, and a little more sexy, smooth, subtle and dramatic. It was a way of settling into ourselves with the music.”
The hype sheet recommends this one “for fans of” Lorde and Sia; we’d be tempted to add a few more names to that list, including the likes of Goldfrapp, Morcheeba, Bjork, London Grammar and Portishead. But as ever, you can make your own mind up…