1. Le Bruitdes Machines
2. Mon Ange
"The highlight of the evening was Video Love's intoxicating amalgamation of French synth pop and live video samples." - Washington City Paper
Video Love is a one-of-a-kind duo combining French drummer and vocalist Elmapiís playful pop-concrete compositions with the "vampling" (video sampling) work of Matterlinkís appropriated audio from forgotten B-movies.
Video Love's debut album "Mon Ange" is a unique and powerful blend of melody, driving beats and these found sounds and as a live experience, the duo's off-time sub-rhythms and audio collages make for a sensory pleasure bomb as much as they do for musical innovation.
Elmapi is one of the most enigmatic and dynamic figures on the French electropop scene. Born and raised in Corsica, her unique approach to music comes by way of an upbringing among several musicians and more specifically from the bass and drums that emanated from her parent's nightclub which she slept above.
Matterlink's solo performances lie somewhere between a concert and movie-going experience. The "live-cinema" artist performs with thousands of clips from films both shot and found, mixing them on the fly with original audio attached. As layer upon layer of improvised sound and image are created, narritive strains emerge only to be submerged back into chaos. In collaboration with Elmapi as Video Love, Matterlink's sound and image combinations punctuate lyrics, melodies and ambiance.
Matterlink has previously worked with DJ Spooky, Andrew Sharpley and Alexei Borisov among others and is also known as the filmmaker James June Schneider, director of the road documentary "Blue Is Beautiful" about DC blues-punk legends The Make-Up, among several other films.
The collaboration of Elmapi and Matterlink in Video Love is a dense hybrid that mixes the electronic, rock and pop genres and is recommended for fans of Stereolab, Laurie Anderson, Stereo Total, Mouse On Mars and Young Marble Giants. With this project, the duo has brought their respective worlds togther to form a soundtrack for a new universe. "Mon Ange" is due for release on May 8th, 2012 via the Lentonia Records label.