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MwL XVII. Elton John, Alexandre Lacaze, Bromide

Music without Labels XVII

Elton John, the composer

Updated chanson by Alexandre Lacaze

Noise-pop by Bromide

Glam rock III: Elton John

Elton John made up for his physical limitations and dazzled all kinds of audiences with professionality and talent. After starting out as a romantic pop composer, in the 1970s he adapted his music and image to glam rock.

With Bernie Taupin he created the most important composing duo on a commercial level after Lennon and McCartney. Later, he settled in the United States, where his records became massive and lost their charm.

Elton John – Tiny Dancer (1971)

Song composed by Elton John himself with Bernie Taupin. He released his album Madman Across the Water, considered the best work of his career and which opened his glam stage.

Reginald Kenneth Dwight was born in Pinner, a suburb of London, in 1947. As a child he learned to play the piano and soon formed his first band, Bluesology. In 1967, he teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin, with whom he would write his best songs. His musical career took off with his second LP, Elton John (1970), which contained the song Your Song and made the charts. At the end of the seventies, he separated from the indispensable Taupin and lost his way. He became a declining star who only appeared with other forty-year-olds.

National: Alexandre Lacaze

Alexandre Lacaze is one of the leading performers and composers on the national cult scene. The French-Spanish singer has enjoyed critical acclaim in his more than fourteen-year career as L'Avalanche and as a solo artist.   

He is characterized by his particular vision of the French chanson, mixing it with pop, rock and folk rhythms. In his songs there is a strong literary presence, where sweetness and anger are mixed with a strong and delicate personality on stage.

Alexandre Lacaze – Rue De La Soif (2013)

Self-made song that talks about the need to breathe. It opens Les Récifs De L'espoir, an album full of literary and cinematographic references ranging from Truffaut to Joseph Conrad.

Alexandre Lacaze is a professor and doctor in Art History. Because of his voice and ability to fill a stage by himself, he has been compared to artists of the stature of Jeff Buckley or Dominique A. He began around 2001 in Marbella with L'Avalanche, a French-Spanish-Ukrainian trio that released an EP of the same name in 2007. Years later, in 2011, with Lacaze as the only component, the album Les Fantômes Des Marins prelude to Les Recifs De L’espoir appeared, the most personal and emotional album of his career and a work of brilliant maturity.

International: Bromide

Bromide is a London band that does indie rock and noise pop. It has been active since 1997 and is led by Simon Berridge (vocals and guitar). He is accompanied by: Ed Lush on drums and Hugo Wilkinson on bass.

These three musicians worship bands like Husker Du, Teenage Fanclub, Guided by Voices or Dinosaur Jr. and other melodic rock artists obsessed with songs, composition and amplification.

Bromide – Magic Coins (2019)

Song credited to the whole band and which is contained in their album, I Woke Up. It is a very catchy rhythmic track inspired by the drum and bass style of the nineties.

Noise pop is a musical genre framed within alternative rock. It emerged in the mid-1980s in the United States, although it had ramifications in the United Kingdom and other countries. It is characterised by the use of a forceful rhythmic base, inherited from punk rock, and by the use of melodies inspired by classic pop and new wave. The electric guitars that use distortions, dissonant tuning, couplings and other sound effects such as feedback are particularly important.