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The U.S. release of Parisian pop group Tahiti 80’s third album Fosbury comes with two additional tracks plus an exclusive EP containing three cover tunes and a Jaga Jazzist remix of the album’s “Changes” — all with their eclectic blend of Philly Soul orchestration, hip-hop beats, pop falsetto and modern electronica bleeps. There’s a warm wind optimism evoking the leisurely paradise of the group’s name swirling around these tracks; the weightlessness of the dance floor calls out to those looking for the perfect escape. The group can serve up smooth late night come-ons like ‘Something About You Girl” where they overshoot their ‘80s milieu with a moment of pure ‘70s recall (also done with the bonus cut “Give It Away,” a Chi-Lites cover). The acoustic ballad “Take Me Back” and a straight cover of the Turtles’ “Happy Together” prove they can survive without the hyperkinetic electronics, and the lush, manic swirl of “Big Day” and “Your Love Shines” make them sound like experienced drivers in a chaotic video game.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Rouen, France

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer Xavier Boyer and bassist Pedro Resende formed the Parisian pop combo Tahiti 80 in 1993 as students at the University of Rouen, bonding on the strength of their shared affinity for the music of the British Invasion era. A handful of demos followed before the duo recruited guitarist Mederic Gontier in 1994, and with the addition of drummer Sylvain Marchand a year later, the lineup was complete. Adopting their name from a souvenir T-shirt given to Boyer's father during a 1980 vacation to the...
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