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Tomorrow’s World is a joint venture between London-based singer and musician, Lou Hayter (New Young Pony Club, The New Sins) and Jean-Benoit Dunckel (Air). Naïve Records now bring us the duo's eponymous debut album of their cinematic love songs - informed by the likes of Factory Floor, Angelo Badalamenti, Suicide, the Shangri-La’s and Lil Louis.
In Tomorrow’s World, Jean-Benoit and Lou write all the music together. The pair began recording together in Paris in the summer of 2010 after Lou was recommended to Jean-Benoit, who had been toying with the idea of working with a singer during a break from 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. “We wanted to do just one track but ended up doing 11,” says Jean-Benoit.
“These new songs are more abstract and much darker.” Jean-Benoit, too, couldn’t help but approach Tomorrow’s World differently to Air. “When I do things through Lou it’s like an inspiration, the energy is not the same,” he says. “There is more femininity in the music, and also together we like to go into a dark mood. We have this new sound together.”
Stalking the hinterland of Ballardian, industrial electronics and soulful pop, their lovestruck songs “Think of Me”, “You Taste Sweeter”, “Life on Earth” and “Inside”, pit Lou’s vulnerability against Jean-Benoit’s turbulent electronics. Recording in Paris, the Tomorrow’s World sound evolved at pace. “We were recording in winter and it feels like there’s quite a tense, sinister sound throughout the album,” says Lou. “What’s weird is that I got mugged when we were in the middle of writing “Catch Me”, which is a song about running away from someone chasing you.”
Though Tomorrow’s World already bear the hallmarks of a classic synth duo, Lou was initially daunted by the idea of fronting the band but she feels happy when with her new partner. “I feel confident with JB because I don’t think it is just about me, it’s about a shared responsibility,” she says. “We both sing and we’re both equal partners, so I don’t feel alone.” “It’s good to be in danger,” adds Jean-Benoit. Tomorrow’s World: one full of intrigue and wonder.
1. A Heart That Beats For Me
2. Think Of Me
4. Pleurer Et Chanter
5. So Long My Love
6. Don’t Let Them Bring You Down
8. You Taste Sweeter
9. Catch Me
10. Life On Earth