Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave. This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the
way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer (whose Fade Out Lines was remixed by The Avener,) Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and, soon, Liset Alea.
The gambit paid off, with sales of over one million records over four albums released between 2004 and 2010, and world tours that included stops at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and Paris’ Olympia. Since 2011, Nouvelle Vague had stopped recording, focusing on an innovative live show created in collaboration with the mythical Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Ceremony and Dawn of innocence,) and branching out into different projects:
Olivier’s Uncovered Queen of the Stone Age, and Marc’s Bristol, along with his Kwaidan label.
The time seems right to write a new chapter in the Nouvelle Vague saga: with a new album “ I Could Be Happy” and live show, the band and its coterie of female vocalists continue their time travels with a renewed alegria. Nouvelle vague by Nouvelle Vague and Some Friends is thus more of a nexus of
A new album comprised of punk and post punk standards imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and, for the first time, a bevy of surprising Collin/Libaux which prove that the two producers are more than prodigious arrangers. This album is also the opportunity to gather again the pionner singers of
Nouvelle Vague: Élodie Frégé, Mélanie Pain, Liset Alea and Nadeah and to find other guests as Camille or Clara Luciani.
Reworked versions of Nouvelle Vague classics, recorded with traditional live musicians along the way during the last few years’ Starwood/le Méridien Hotel: In A Manner of Speaking with a Cuban band from Tampa, Killing Moon in a Mexican mariachi lilt, Ever Fallen in Love with Indian instruments – proving once more that these songs can be stretched and molded into any genre, in the same way as the Beatles or Bacharach repertoires.
For the first time, remixes by Dream Koala, Caravan Palace and a number of other surprises.
A Marc Collin-directed documentary retelling the project’s history from its inception, along its albums, vocalists and through footage of its most dream worthy moments all around the world. And, of course, a worldwide tour which will begin in Europe and Asia, in the fall, and will continue through South America and the U.S.A. in the new year, and feature the entire crew on stage, around Marc and Olivier: Mélanie Pain, Élodie Frégé, and Liset Alea.
Liset Alea has lived a thousand lives. Born in Havana to an impulsive
country man who was working in Fidel Castro’s kitchen and from whom he
often stole the occasional piece of meat for the family and a literature major
mother who had published some of her erotic poetry. At an early age, she
already mastered the art of escape, the immigrant’s task of learning how to leave
behind one’s home, family, friends, language, comforts and survive in an
At 15 she began to study the voice with America Crespo, a Cuban opera
legend and Musical Theater at Miami’s New World School of the Arts. At 19 she
moves to New York, a waitress by night, she enters the New School Jazz
Conservatory for Vocal Jazz and buys her first guitar. She becomes the front
woman of the electronic band Etro Anime, co-writes their 1st album which is
released through V2. After witnessing the fall of the World Trade Center, she
leaves the United States to Amsterdam with the band. They embark upon a tour
supporting Kosheen and later Llorca where she meets Alexkid with whom she
writes and records ‘Come with Me’ on his “Mint” album. “Come with Me”
becomes an instant electro club and radio hit and she joins Alexkid’s band for a
46 dates European tour.
Seduced by the European way of life, she settles in London for a while,
travels to Milan, Athens, Madrid, Berlin for songwriting sessions, many of these
collaborations entered the charts in their respective country.
While not on the road she starts working on what will become “Heart-
Headed”, her new album co-produced alongside by Marc Collin. Months in the
making, “Heart-Headed” displays a balance of craft and emotion and exhibits
the refined craftsmanship of her writing.
Her voice, reminiscent at times of Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields),
Marianne Faithful or even a Cuban Lana del Rey, is set against string and flute
arrangements, vintage synthesizers and urgent guitars.
The first single “Hunter & Tiger”, heralds “Heart-Headed” as an album
that comes straight from the heart but remains grounded in the early rock’n’roll
era echoing Wanda Jackson’s Hard Headed woman.
‘Alea Jacta Est’, The die is cast; the future is hers on “Heart-Headed”.