The video for ‘Aphrodite’ was filmed in Tito Butch’s Italian mansion in 2004. It features Lola Pacita Labayen, five dancers, Kat Mark, Pretty M (aka Beta Frontiers) and Phèdre. The stark lighting setup sets the tone for the video, consisting of a disco ball and two high-powered colored DJ lights.
Directed by Apey0 and Dan of Phèdre
Edited and shot by Sofia Bohdanowicz and Calvin Thomas
Dance choreographed by Leah Gold and Jodinand Aguillon
Phèdre will headline the Daps Records showcase in this year’s NXNE Music Festival June 15th at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto.
Now in its 18th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners. The seven-day music festival will take place at multiple venues across the city from June 11-17, 2012.
Other bands confirmed for NXNE include the Flaming Lips, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Of Montreal, Bad Religion, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Young Magic, Death Grips and more
Phèdre = Lovers from Monaco, raised in a cave of gold
The seeds for Phèdre were sown in an attic, over three late summer nights and hundreds of bottles of cheap wine.
Loosely inspired by both Greek mythology (Phaedre, daughter of Minos and Pasiphë) and the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood duet “Some Velvet Morning”, Phèdre is a dream-collaboration between an ever rotating cast of contributors/members.
The group’s playfully dark, sweetly romantic, and often strangely affecting jams recall the warped AM avant-pop vibes of Ariel Pink, John Maus, Molly Nilsson, and the like, except these guys sound like they’re genuinely having a blast all the time, and it’s extremely infectious. – Chris Cantalini, Gorilla vs. Bear[A] mutant hybrid of several different types of sounds – of Montreal’s freaked-out glam, the AM-radio baritone blur of Ariel Pink, and a dash of the cheekiness contained in Tom Tom Clib’s “Genius of Love”, for good measure — but it’s Phèdre’s charming mash of these signifiers that make the song rise above mere pastiche. – Larry Fitzmaurice, Pitchfork
With their heady mix of vocals (an awesome baritone among them), fuzzy production values and a taste for infectious rhythm, Phèdre seem to be making it up as they go along. So it follows that they’ve recorded one of the most exciting and skewed pop records of 2012 – end of. – Marnie Reed, Bowlegs
The songs are undeniably pretty electronic pop, but also disorientating, woozy and vaguely unsettling: picture an artsy loft party where far too many are on LSD and removing clothing at an alarming rate. – Benjamin Boles, NOW[The] album is the classy-meets-trashy equivalent of chugging pinot noir straight from the box… Wickedly warped found-sound pop. – Erik Leijon, Montreal Mirror [O]ne can do nothing but feel helpless in the face of nearly perfect pop experimentalism. – Luca Morellato, Exclaim!
06/09 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge *
06/10 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe #
06/15 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s – NXNE ^
* = w/ Rioux
# = w/ Omar Souleyman, La Desunion
^ = w/ Odonis Odonis, more artists TBA
Street Date: March 27, 2012
3. COLD SUNDAY (FT. AROWBE)
4. ODE TO THE SWINGER
5. THIS IZ YOUR LIFE
6. IN DECAY
8. LOVE ABLAZE
10. GLITTER ON HER FACE