Alan Palomo (of long-running avant pop mainstays Neon Indian) has just shared “Meutrière” from his upcoming album World of Hassle (out 9/15 from Mom+Pop). Amidst a pastiche of staccato synth bass and paint-peeling sax, Flore Benguigui (of French nu-disco band L’Impératrice) and Alan deliver a multilingual Italo-disco duet detailing a film set with boiling tensions beneath the surface. In keeping with the song’s theme and Palomo’s background in film, the single arrives accompanied by a cinematic music video that acts as an homage to the 70’s Giallo subgenre.
Watch the “Meutrière (feat. Flore Benguigui)” video below:
“Though I tend to reference movies in my work, I’ve always wanted to write a song taking place on a film set that explores the friction often felt between actors and their directors. The trust. The reckless abandon,” comments Palomo. “A drama that precedes the onscreen drama. I was gleefully nonplussed when L’Imperatrice’s very own Fleure Benguigui agreed to duet this kooky French-Italo banger.” Palomo continues, “From the jump, I knew I wanted to have the lyrics of Meutrière directly inform the video’s concept and attempt to adapt them as if they were a script. Born out of my love for Giallo flicks, this is a surreal smear of both the horrors in front and behind the camera on one particularly nightmarish Italian film set. Made with the closest of homies, this might be my favorite one yet!”
The song also features contributions from pop aficionado Lou Rebecca and m83’s Ian Young, with engineering credits that include S U R V I V E’s Michael Stein and Holy Ghost’s Nicholas Millhiser. “Meutrière” is the third single from Palomo’s forthcoming LP, following the indelible hooks of “Nudista Mundial ’89” (featuring Mac DeMarco) and “Stay-at-Home DJ,” a jazzy slice of electrofunk-infused synthpop. Following the release of World of Hassle, Alan will assemble his band to bring his music on the road this Fall – find full dates below including his newly added appearance at Austin’s Levitation Festival.