Monday, May 15, 2006

Artist Spotlight: One Second Fame; William Besson

One Second Fame is the solo endeavor of Madrid/Las Palmas, Spain-based electronic artist Ander Kuriaki. A wide variety of musical influences layer the canvas, leaving Kuriaki to explore his palette for the perfect compliment. Stretching between French house and the smooth grooves of trip-hop, One Second Fame has a sound that befits the titles 'classic' and 'refreshing' simultaneously. While songs like 'Parfume (vanille mix)' and 'Bonnie and Clyde' pay obvious nods to Air and other Euro-lounge groups, the uptempo track 'Voyage Voyage' could nearly pass for Daft Punk. One Second Fame may not be breaking entirely new ground, but by fusing sucessful techniques of the past, he still creates a truly enjoyable, chilled-out sound. Information and music streams/downloads for O.S.F. are available here.

The second artist whom I have chosen to share the spotlight tonight is London's William Besson. A French-born multi-instrumentalist and classically-trained vocalist, Besson is another musician who finds inspiration in electronica. On 'Come Around', Besson seems to combine elements of Kraftwerk with Joy Division, with a result approximating something much more current, along the lines of She Wants Revenge. Tracks like 'Isn't it About Faith' and the Depeche Mode-esque 'By My Side' reveal even more of Besson's pop sensibilities. But in the words of Reading Rainbow, "don't take my word for it;" check out Besson's website and myspace pages and hear him for yourself!

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