In the realm of electro-pop, where melodies dance on shimmering synths and rhythms ripple like waves in the Mediterranean, one name stands out: Kid Francescoli. Known for his international hit Moon, the French musician Mathieu Hocine, the creative force behind Kid Francescoli, has now unveiled a collection of musical gems that will leave you fascinated – Sunset Blue.
This enchanting album boasts 11 elegant tunes, each a unique sonic experience. From the sunbathed French Touch vibes of Run Run and 1986 to the romantic chillwave of Corsica, from the uplifting synthpop of You Are Everywhere and Like Magic to the soulful electronic grooves of Casino Soul, and the cinematic disco of Solaris to the cosmic R&B of Sweet and Sour and Take Time – Sunset Blue is a sonic tapestry that spans genres and emotions.
Kid Francescoli‘s pursuit of musical excellence led him to collaborate with a five-star cast of talent. The album was masterfully produced by French79, mixed by Stan Neff (known for his work with Polo & Pan, Kungs, and Christine and the Queens), and finally polished to perfection by Alex Gopher (of Daft Punk and The Blaze fame). The result is a harmonious blend of organic and electronic elements, a musical bridge that connects the timeless Ennio Morricone with the cutting-edge sounds of modern electronic music.
Kid Francescoli‘s music is a reflection of his diverse origins and experiences. Born in Marseille with Algerian heritage, his music weaves together the rich tapestry of Mediterranean cultures. He fondly recalls his childhood in Corsica, vacations in Barcelona and Rome, and performances in Morocco, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. For him, the Mediterranean region represents a shared multiculturalism that brings people together and inspires his music.
“I love my city: it’s the perfect place to feel good with sun, sea, family, friendships, love…It gets me emotional, bringing tears with a smile” says Kid Francescoli. “This shared multiculturalism is really comforting, it has its own poetry and strength, bringing uniqueness and empathy to the people. It is essential for me. I love my city: it’s the perfect place to feel good with sun, sea, family, friendships, love…It gets me emotional, bringing tears with a smile.”
His ambition is clear: to create vivid imagery with his music and transport listeners into a cinematic world. Sunset Blue accomplishes just that, painting pictures in our minds and whisking us away to a dreamlike state.
Sunset Blue‘s crystal-clear production and personal yet universal themes make it an ecstatic soundtrack for those golden moments when time stands still.
“I see myself as a melodist,” Kid Francescoli explains. “I would like my music to feel like velvet. There’s something cinematic, classy about it, and yet comforting. It’s very simple, popular, and synonymous with love and passion.”
In honor of the sea and the concept of “saudade,” the album might be named “Sunset Blue,” but its true colors are the warm hues of “yellow-orange-red” – a nod to the sun that bathes the Mediterranean in its golden light.
Kid Francescoli‘s Sunset Blue is a musical revelation, an invitation to escape, and a journey through sun-kissed soundscapes that you won’t want to end.
“My ambition is to create pictures in people’s heads with music, to transport them instantly into a movie.” reveals Francescoli – “Music has this magical power to broaden your vision of the world. It’s fascinating because, like dreams, it’s the kind of irrational things science can’t explain and that makes life exciting.”
Photo by Nicolas Despis
KID FRANCESCOLI LIVE
October 10 – Cologne, DE – Gloria
October 11 – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus
October 12 – Hamburg, DE – Mojo
October 13 – Amsterdam – Melkweg Max
October 14 – Bruxelles – Ancienne Belgique
October 18 – London, UK – Outernet
October 20 – Milano, IT – Santeria
October 25 – Budapest, HU – Dürer Kert
October 27 – Madrid, ES – Chango
October 28 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
November 3 – Athens, EL – Gagarin 205
November 9 – Lille – Le Splendid
November 10 – Rouen – Le 106
November 15 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia
November 17 – Bordeaux – Le Krakatoa
November 18 – Toulouse – Le Bikini
November 23 – Montpellier – Rockstore
November 24 – Lyon – Le Transbordeur
November 25 – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
November 30 – Nantes – Le Stereolux
December 1 – Vannes – Echonova
December 7 – Reims – La Cartonnerie
December 8 – Nancy – L’Autre Canal
December 15 – Perpignan – El Mediator
December 16 – Marseille – Espace Julien
* NEW NORTH AMERICAN LEG *
March 21 – Quebec – Capitole de Quebec
March 22 – Montreal – Corona Theatre
March 23 – Toronto – Opera House
March 24 – Boston – Sinclair
March 26 – New York – Racket
March 27 – Philadelphia – Underground Arts
March 28 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
March 30 – Chicago – Lincoln Hall
March 31 – Minneapolis – Fine Line
April 2 – Denver – Bluebird Theatre
April 3 – Salt Lake City – Metro Music Hall
April 5 – Seattle – Madame Lou’s
April 6 – Vancouver – Hollywood Theatre
April 7 – Portland – Doug Fir Lounge
April 9 – San Francisco – Great American Music Hall