By Frank Bell
Parisian duo My Dear (Romain ‘Raw Man’ Seo and Blanche) drops their lush electronic-pop number called ‘Levitate’ out this February through Kitsuné Musique and answers a few QuickFire Qs.
The charming couple explains: “This electronic indie track was composed in the studio of in the middle of the forest. It is an ode to the moon and to the unconscious world. ‘Levitate’ evokes this suspended moment between dream and reality, when one is falling asleep or waking up. A world apart, where everything is possible, where everything is fantasized. Our voices unite in unison to recount this strange place: ‘The place where the sun is black, the land of their broken hearts”.
What was the first album you bought?
Romain: Jean-Michel Jarre ‘Oxygène’.
Blanche: Madonna ‘Like A Prayer’.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
Romain: Pink Floyd for the floating downtempo harmonies; Daft Punk for the production, Chic for the unison vocals.
Blanche: Gainsbourg for his poetry, melodies, and aura, Nancy Sinatra who embodies the sixties, and more…
What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?
Romain: When I compose I always have cinema images in mind or music video ideas. We’re inspired by golden hour’s lights, California colors, or the music we’d like to hear while driving a car through a beautiful landscape.
Blanche: We also like to use poetic surreal images in our texts. I’m very inspired by the French poets of the 19th century. We often write about dreams, nostalgia, endless summers, and love stories…
Tell us about your new single ‘Levitate’?
As in all our songs, there is a touch of melancholy that counterbalances the joy of pop and the power of electro sounds. Here, we evoke the moon and the black sun to talk about dreams, but also about the inner world of broken hearts.
What have you got lined up for 2022?
We’d like to make music videos together as we did for our song Dreamer. We set up our studio in the forest and it’s very inspiring to create. We hope to live beautiful moments of creation there, and perhaps collaborations. Who knows?