Week 8 of Scots Way-Hay and it’s my pleasure to to introduce you to electro-post rock artist Miaoux Miaoux, aka Julian Corrie. I must admit that his 2007 debut album ‘Rainbow Bubbles‘ completely passed me by, thankfully his new Blooms EP didn’t. Having previously done remixes for Zoey Van Goey as well as playing in twee-Glasgow pop outfit ‘Maple Leaves’, the man certainly is talented guy.
Combining a blend of ambient electro-folk, Julian reminds me a little bit of Hot Chip in their more downbeat moments. Combine that with a touch of Panda Bear and Animal Collective and you’re not even half way there. In fact there’s so much going on here that I almost feel guilty trying to pigeon-hole it. Because then you have lots of lovely beeps combined with a touch of post rock and then added to that you have Julian’s delicate vocals. Simply put, it’s music that just makes me want to smile, and in my book that’s a winner every time.
Would you care to introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Julian Corrie, aka Miaoux Miaoux, and I’m obsessed with music of all kinds and want to join in.
How would you describe the music you make?
I’m currently saying electronica / post-rock, which I think covers most of the bases. The Postal Service having a fight with Mogwai in Ellen Allien’s house.
What process goes into the way you write songs?
I come up with interesting loops, build stuff on top of them, then sometime’s I’m singing along whilst I’m doing that, and it becomes a song. I’d say that’s how most of the new material has come about – starts as instrumental, then a surprise vocal comes along and suddenly it’s a song. Most tracks come together in a few hours, followed by weeks and weeks and weeks of editing and mixing. I’m working on making it faster!
In the past you have done re-mixes for Zoey Van Goey, is that something that you are keen to do with other bands?
Yeh, I’d love to, although I’ve got a tendency to promise a remix to a band and then realise I’ve got far too much to do. I’m doing another one for ZVG just now that’s sounding very Boards of Canada.
Would you ever be brave enough to take up the challenge of doing a remix of your other band Maple Leaves?
Well we’ve talked about this, and no I probably wouldn’t! It’s a bit too self-referential for my liking. Having said that, I’m keen to do a record with some guest vocalists, and Anna from Maple Leaves would definitely appear on it. She’s got a song she’d like me to produce, so we’ll see what happens.
Has anyone ever stumbled across your music after looking for the similarly named plant food/drug that all the kids are doing these days?
Yeah, that’s kind of unfortunate. I guess they may have done. I reckon my tunes give you a similar effect, with the benefit of being a lot more legal.
Lastly, what can we expect to see/hear from you in 2010?
I’ll be playing a lot more gigs – there’s one coming up this Friday 26th in the Tollhouse, and on April 22nd I’ll be playing the 13th Note with the Glasgow Podcart folk. I’m plugging the new record “Blooms EP”, which is available from http://miaouxmiaoux.com right now. Also need to find a manager as there seems to be only so much admin I can do before my brain falls over.
Miaoux Miaoux’s new EP ‘Blooms’ is available to buy now on Limited Edition CD Digipack (100 copies) and download from his homepage. I would strongly urge you to check it out, it’s been one of my favourite releases this year, if you don’t believe me then listen to the stream of ‘Snow’ – my favourite track on the EP. You can also stream a live recording of Julian’s EP launch party at the 13th Note here.
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