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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Tahiti 80

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 Polynesian islands, Tahiti 80 issued their debut EP, 20 Minutes, in 1996. The I.S.A.A.C. EP followed, and in mid-2000 Minty Fresh issued the band's first full-length effort, Puzzle. Heartbeat Remixies was issued that fall, with Extra Pieces following in early 2001. The abstract and artistic sound of Wallpaper for the Soul appeared in 2002. ~ Jason Ankeny

ORIGIN
Rouen, France
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1993

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