New from Nicole Faux Naiv, Cate Le Bon & Mega Bog

The mutual appreciation between CATE LE BON and MEGA BOG goes back years. It makes perfect sense then for Cate to have invited Erin to support her around the US and Europe. The UK leg is in March - full run below - ask for list / interviews.

Newcomer NICOLE FAUX NAIV is a young Russian inspired by fragmented memories of Soviet cartoons, and in the case of her new single, a video game. Musically it makes us think of Japanese Breakfast if raised on C86:

Her album is due 8th April and a must for fans of Porridge Radio, Camera Obscura and Honeyglaze.

NICOLE FAUX NAIV debut album Moon Rally released 8th April 2022 on Bronze Rat.

Listen to the title track and new single:

Photo by Greta Markurt

Born to former Soviet parents in the small town of Olpe in Germany, Nicole grew up speaking both German and Russian and this duality greatly influences the sparkling and hypnotic album. Today she shares the LP’s heavenly title track which exemplifies the dream-pop found across the album. Of “Moon Rally” she says, “I started writing this song in early 2020, when I was visiting France for a few days. A lot of the text was written while I was on the trains at night. I remember waiting at a train station one evening looking at the bright crescent moon in the night sky when out of a sudden a lost memory came over my brain — an abstract computer game I played as a child called something with ‘Moon Rally’ ... Not sure if this was actually the name of it but I thought this word combination sounds pretty cute.”

Nicole Faux Naiv wrote Moon Rally in her Berlin apartment, yet it grew into something so much more substantial in the studio with Robbie Moore (Florence + The Machine and Little Simz). Working together they added new guitar lines as well as real drums, violin, piano and cello to the songs, which brought about added depth to the music that wasn’t previously possible. The result is a record that gleams with both the rush of possibility and the multitude of influences that are entangled within it. Shaped by Nicole’s love for Russian post-punk of the 1990s, French synth-pop, and old soviet movie soundtracks, she somehow shapes all of these different trails into something beautifully cohesive. She sees it as a diary, a musical collage of moods - some fleeting, others far more meaningful.

“When I created this music, I had all kinds of influences in my head, lots of fragments from different music styles,” she says of the album. “A lot of the songs are about dreams - daydreams and normal dreams and also memories from my childhood. You have these different fragments of memory and some of them are very colourful, and some of them are very strange.”

Follow Nicole Faux Naiv here:

MEGA BOG supports CATE LE BON March 2022

Mega Bog's latest album 'Life, and Another' was born in the New Mexico desert but was another fantastical off-world transmission from Erin Birgy. Balancing sophisticated, surrealist avant-pop with more melodic and accessible moments.

On tour with Cate Le Bon this March:

14: Engine Rooms - Southampton, UK 15: Hackney Empire - London, UK 16: Albert Hall - Manchester, UK 17: SWG3 TV Studio - Glasgow, UK 18: Empire Music Hall - Belfast, UK 19: National Concert Hall - Dublin, IE 21: Arts Club - Liverpool, UK 22: Irish Centre - Leeds, UK 23: The Mill - Birmingham, UK