Phoenix Talk "Ti Amo"
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:36:33
"Io, te, 1 moto, la velocità, 1 sogno, il mio sogno, ti amo" or in English, "Me, you, a motorcycle, speed, a dream, my dream, i love you," is scrolled in graffiti across an Italian wall. It's this kind of sentiment that runs throughout Ti Amo, the new album from French indie pop-rock superstars Phoenix. It's straightforward, it's romantic, and it's even a bit dangerous. "The mood is tough, it's like before a wedding or something. It's exciting, but tense," says Thomas Mars about the impending release of Ti Amo. This time it's different than Bankrupt!, which was "released after our most successful record," he adds. And indeed, Ti Amo couldn't be any further from the band's last album in feeling. "There's a lot of inspiration on Bankrupt! that comes from negativity. A lot of ideas came from rejecting other ideas," explains Mars. "This record is the opposite of the other one. It comes from pure, innocent, almost like childhood memories of just simple feelings." It isn't just the content of the band's writing that has changed in the last four years, however, it's the state of the world. "When we started music it was because we didn't want to be responsible," remarks Mars, adding, "But today, the days are calling for you to be a citizen and for you to be responsible, so there is a contradiction." But Mars doesn't see this as unusual, "Even in France someone like Serge Gainsbourg would write love songs when he was heart broken."
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