Tomorrow’s World is a new joint venture between Jean-Benoit Dunckel, a.k.a one half of seminal electronic pop band Air and London-based singer and musician Lou Hayter.
In Tomorrow’s World, Jean-Benoit and Lou write all the music together. The pair began recording together in Paris one summer after Lou was recommended to Jean-Benoit, who had been toying with the idea of collaborating with a singer as he was not working on Air.
He heard Lou’s solo project The New Sins and liked her voice so much that he invited her to Paris to see what could happen in the studio.
The chemistry was undeniable. Jean-Benoit said: “We wanted to do just one track but ended up doing 11.”
So Long My Love by Tomorrow’s World, also the opening track for the latest Kitsune compilation, a noirish cut of Suicide-meets-Shangri-La’s pop that’s smooth to the touch but scored with darker intent, is the perfect introduction to this new duo.
An album of their cinematic love songs – informed by the likes of Factory Floor, Angelo Badalamenti and Lil Louis – is due for March 2013 through Naïve records.
Jean-Benoit, too, couldn’t help but approach Tomorrow’s World differently to Air. He said: “These new songs are more abstract and much darker. When I do things through Lou it’s like an inspiration, the energy is not the same.” On the new angle, he added: “There is more femininity in the music, and also together we like to go into a dark mood. We have this new sound together.”
And indeed, stalking the hinterland of Ballardian, industrial electronics and soulful pop, the lovestruck pairing of So Long My Love and Inside pit Lou’s vulnerability against Jean-Benoit’s turbulent electronics.
On the experience of leaving behind old practices to immerse in a liberating new sound Jean-Benoit said: “It’s good to be in danger, one that is fuelled by intuition and a shared energy. Indeed, there can be no more suitable summation of Tomorrow’s World: one full of intrigue and wonder.”
To stream the EP follow this link: promojukebox.com/-KtxvEMQLMp1gZVF9
12” available from September 26th from The Vinyl Factory: vfeditions.com/product/view/65
Download available October 9th
Tomorrow’s World October US dates:
11.10 – L.A., El Rey Ooh La L.A Festival
12.10 – San Francisco, Rickshaw stop
13.10 – Washington, French Institute
16.10 – Montreal, Sat
17.10 – NYC, Highline Ballroom – CMJ
18.10 – NYC, Baron, “Encore!” Sessions – CMJ