ADIA VICTORIA RELEASES NEW EP HOW IT FEELS
THREE COVERS + ONE ORIGINAL:
ALL SUNG IN FRENCH
European Dates This Spring + Forecastle Festival In July
This month sees Adia Victoria embarking on a short tour of Europe that includes three dates in France. In advance of the shows she has released a new EP, How It Feels, that features four tracks - three covers and one original - all sung in French.
1. "Laissez Tomber Les Filles" (written by Serge Gainsbourg, popularized by France Gall)
2. "Ça a Raté" (Francoise Hardy)
3. "Parlez Moi De Lui (Francoise Hardy)
4. "You Know How It Feels" (Adia Victoria)
Francoise Hardy, France Gall, Serge Gainsbourg. The mention of these names evoke memories and images of a playful indulgence, purely French in its origin, that would catch on the world over. The Yé-Yé years were infectious and pop culture distilled into its perfect form.
Adia notes, "I wanted this EP to take on a more eerie feel. Instead of the imagined dream pop girl wishing for her man to come home I reimagined the lyrics as sung by a lover scorned but still love sick and obsessed. I wanted to keep the timeless feel of these songs while breathing into them a bit of modernity; sharpen the edges a bit. What if 'Parlez Moi de Lui' were more of a hazey, trip out love letter from a woman still haunted by lost love. What if her in deranged mind her man still danced in and out of sight, just out of touch? I wanted to inject 'Laissez Tomber Les Filles' with a bit of the anger and danger I felt as a new political era descended on our country. This session would prove to be therapeutic in channeling my frustration with the current political landscape into powerful songs sung by iconic, emotional women. This EP was a way express all these feelings in a tangible way. There is so much emotionality to women that is often policed. This project gave me the chance to shake off those restrictions, free myself from my own mother tongue and speak in universal themes that flow beyond the borders of language."
Aida's tour kicks off March 9 in Amines, France and concludes in Haldren, Germany on March 17. In addition to the European dates she is confirmed to play at this year's Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY on July 16. All dates are listed below.
How It Feels features the first bit of new music from Victoria since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album Beyond The Bloodhounds.
ADIA VICTORIA ON TOUR
March 9 - Amiens, France - Lune Des Pirates
March 10 - Zurich, Switzerland -Rote Fabrik Clubraum
March 11 - Lyon, France - Marche Gare
March 13 - Paris, France - Le Pop Up du Label
March 14 - London, UK - The Lexington
March 15 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Paradiso
March 17 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Bar
July 16 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
Adia's musical introduction to the world came in the form of 3 tracks released over 18 months - "Stuck In The South," "Sea of Sand," and "Howlin' Shame." The music was quick to resonate and publications like Fader, Rookie, Teen Vogue and NPR. Rolling Stone featured Adia Victoria as one of "10 New Artists You Need to Know." The Village Voice called her an "eerie, intriguing songwriter," with "bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with candid scorn." Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of "5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk's Rebellious Call." With the release of her debut album Beyond The Bloodhounds in early 2016 the critical acclaim grew. She performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and toured North America and the world.
"Beyond The Bloodhounds is a compilation of gothic, sharp witted, and fiery folk that is excellent," said FADER. Dangerous Minds says "Adia Victoria's gestalt can be summed up in a musical Venn diagram wherein PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple and Hank Williams meet Jack White, Chelsea Wolfe, St. Vincent, Gary Clark Jr. and Patti Smith. She's an incredible guitarist. In her songwriting she has a remarkable talent for getting straight to the point. Her literate lyrics are sharply observed; direct yet intangible, so the listener can project themselves onto her poetry." "Consider this a classic in the making" exclaimed Bust.