"3 South & Banana Will Have You Floating in Space with Their New Single “55 Million Light Years Away”
Everything Is Noise
“The sound, and indeed the vision that follows is equally entrancing”
“BLABLABLA” is a psychedelic mesh that ultimately defies musical boundaries"
The Line Of Best Fit
3 South & Banana is the musical moniker of Berlin-based, French singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Aurélien Bernard.
Aurélien previously played in Vadoinmessico, the band that went on to become Cairobi. The reputation of 3 South & Banana as a live act has already started to spread, he recently supported The Comet Is Coming in Berlin. The 3 South & Banana live show is a multimedia/virtual band live performance and has a distinct nod to mavericks such as David Byrne.
Having grown a steady legion of fans for his oddball songwriting and unique stage craft, Aurélien explains that "I have a strong French accent when I speak English and the 3 South & Banana tag came from a comedy misunderstanding that turned into an in-joke between myself and my friends. I think humour is a great way to overcome self-doubt and this album, and the project more generally, in part explores this phenomenon”.
Taking inspiration from the surrealist psychedelia of musical oddballs such
as Shintaro Sakamoto and Ariel Pink mixed with classic pop songwriting drawn from the likes of The Kinks and Syd Barrett 3 South
and Banana will no doubt appeal to Aurélien’s ever growing legions
of fans in the UK and across Europe.
The album also features two tracks, Bâtons Mêlés and Avec Le Cœur, both sung in Aurélien’s native French. The mood varies,from the jaunty title track and hit single Bla Bla Bla, to the instrumental Intermission and the luscious downtempo KittyKatKatHappyBadSad, this debut full length release gives the creative heart of Aurélien space to explore his sonic
experimentations, married with his resolute pop sensibility.
Alongside references to classic synth bands such as Broadcast,French pop astronauts such as Air come to mind.
Some Other Planet records is run by Salvador Garza Fishburn,
who also co-produces and mixes the 3 South & Banana project
releases. 3 South & Banana has been supported across 6Music,
with multiple plays from Gideon Coe, Don Letts and Lauren
Laverne, and widely tipped across the blogosphere