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EXCLUSIVE: Succumb to the Moment – Flare Voyant’s Debut EP

The barbarians of Rock and Roll are at it again. London based Flare Voyant’s latest release is like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. We knew they were good, but it keeps getting better. MQS Records released their debut 4 track EP today, which is produced by the legendary Chris Kimsey. Ya, you heard that right; the same guy who worked with rock legends like Peter Frampton, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. If that doesn’t perk your ears up I don’t know what will.

Take a look at their music video for Ephemeral Romance here:

All members are heavily influenced by 60s and 70s greats including the Faces, Jeff Beck and James Brown, which definitely comes through in their music. Their tracks are soulful, groovy and super sensual- who couldn’t get into a sound like that? The 4-track EP contains songs with varying themes. Borders is politically tinted with it’s focus on the world’s powers at be closing their borders and growing xenophobia worldwide. Ephemeral Romance, which was previously released, is a love song full of raw soul and funk, while So Contextual is about letting yourself get lost in the moment. My favourite number is Empty Soul. It has a distinctly raw and soulful sound with strong sensual French vibes through the incorporation of texts from the singer’s book, “Un Pas Vers l’Âme”- it’s absolutely sublime. Take a listen for yourself.

If you have a serious appetite for classic rock and roll re-mastered (and who doesn’t?), check out their new EP:

See my previous review and interview with Flare Voyant here:

If you’re based around London you can attend their launch event upcoming Sunday the 19th:

All photos by Sonia Shahid, except for the live shots. Artwork created by Gian Paolo La Barbera.

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.