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Album Review

Poni Hoax delivered an impressive debut: catchy songs and entertaining arrangements wrapped in a group sound that is very hard to pigeonhole. Some media have mentioned the "mutant disco" trend, and there is some basis for that, but the music of these five young Frenchmen touches on more than one genre. It is resolutely French — in the humor, melodies and self-sufficient attitude — with Air, Arno, and Ludwig von 88 as reference points, but it also has the English Dandy aura of Roxy Music, David Bowie, or even Morrissey. The synth bass from early-'80s disco provides the album's backbone and its tie to the Tigersushi label's aesthetics. Besides that, arrangements stretch out everywhere. Some songs are irresistibly poppy, like the first single "She's on the Radio," "Carrie Ann," or "Cheerleader in My Dreams," but other tracks get raw, trashy and dirty, like the bold "Drunks and Painters on Parade" or the thumping "L.A. Murder Motel." Olga Kouklaki has a guest singer spot in "Budapest," particularly dancefloor-friendly, while Ami Sioux gets to sing the last song, "Le Fil du Temps," the only disappointing track, with its weak vocal delivery and quaint melody. That one aside, the quality level never falls down, as each track introduces a new atmosphere — no duplicates, no filler material, only fun, intelligent, unique whatever-pop. Lead singer Nicolas Ker gets extra points for his mock-seductive ténébreux tone. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Formed: 2004 in Paris, France

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Although French electronica has been inarguably cool since the rise of Air in the mid-'90s, Poni Hoax are likely the first band to fuse the sophistication of Gallic dance beats with solid rock & roll attitude (imagine if the Strokes really were as cool and debonair as they pretend to be) and a soupçon of the lyrical perversity and overall suavity last seen in French pop when Serge Gainsbourg was at the height of his powers. The four musicians in Poni Hoax met while studying at the Conservatoire Nationale...
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