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free music friday: get back guinozzi
June 12, 2009, 10:14 am
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fmf_getbackguinozziGet Back Guinozzi
‘Police & Thieves’ [Junior Murvin cover]

Despite the Italian-sounding name, the brains behind Get Back Guinozzi belong to French duo Eglantine Gouzy and Fred Landini. Formed over the internet in 2007, and soon expanding to include an additional three members – Regis Laugier on bass, Luc Benito on drums and Fabrice Guisiano on guitar and keyboard – the band’s sound has come a long way from the original lo-fi demos that were more akin to early post-punk acts like The Slits and The Raincoats than the bouncy, skewed pop we hear in this cover of Junior Murvin and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s roots reggae gem ‘Police & Thieves’, also famously recorded by The Clash.

Sounding like a Gallic version of The Concretes on antidepressants, filtering ’60s yé-yé girl pop through a mesh of ’80s indie, ‘Police & Thieves’ wears its influences unabashedly and jangles joyfully along for three enjoyable minutes. Get Back Guinozzi’s debut album Carpet Madness, out October 19th, promises an exotic mix of “reggae, dub, African music, Tropicalia and Cambodian music from the ’60s” with plenty of nonlinear storytelling on Eglantine’s behalf. “[I like] to imagine my own little movies where I can be different characters,” she says. “I can make doubles of myself, I can transform myself – a real schizophrenic, sometimes within the same track.” First single ‘Low Files Tropical’ is released on September 14th, with ‘Police & Thieves’ as the B-side. MP3 after the jump.


FREE MP3: Get Back Guinozzi, ‘Police & Thieves’

BONUS MP3: Eglantine Gouzy, ‘Boa’ [demo]

visit Get Back Guinozzi on Myspace


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