Golden Age

Golden Age

by Woodkid
     
 

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It's beyond cliche to call sweeping, orchestral music "filmic," but in the case of music video director Yoann Lemoine's debut album as Woodkid, The Golden Age, the term fits. Though he's worked with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Ray, LemoineSee more details below

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It's beyond cliche to call sweeping, orchestral music "filmic," but in the case of music video director Yoann Lemoine's debut album as Woodkid, The Golden Age, the term fits. Though he's worked with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Ray, Lemoine's own music is more in line with Antony & the Johnsons -- lavish, often torchy songs that pair dramatic backdrops with his charmingly imperfect vocals. While Antony fans will probably hear a lot to like on The Golden Age, Woodkid's approach isn't as intimate; instead, Lemoine's focus is often on the massive sounds around him. Those sounds are undeniably impressive, particularly on the title track, which opens the album with slowly building strings and brass that eventually unfold into dramatic, suite-like movements, and on "Run Boy Run," which has all the drama of a spaghetti Western score. At times, Lemoine's vocals and songwriting threaten to get lost in the sheer amount of music surrounding them, but just when it seems like it's all too much, he reins things in on "Boat Song" and "Where I Live," both of which suggest he should pare things down more often. Still, Lemoine gets a surprising amount of range out of his maximalist approach, from the more classical-leaning "Stabat Mater" to "I Love You," which with its samples and intricate beats, is the closest Woodkid comes to a contemporary pop song. A beautiful, if at times exhausting album, The Golden Age shows Lemoine is skilled at making music as well as music videos.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2013
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537276264
catalogNumber:
001834902
Rank:
22563

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woodkid   Primary Artist
Christophe Briquet   Viola
Karen Brunon   Violin
Pascale Meley   Violin
Marianne Lagarde   Violin
Cyril Ghestem   Violin
David Braccini   Violin
Angélique Loyer   Violin
Ludovic Balla   Violin
Maud Ayats   Violin
Frédéric Mellardi   Trumpet,Soloist
Lise Berthaud   Viola
Joel Vaisse   Trombone,Soloist
Jérôme Marchand   Violin
Sarah Nemtanu   Violin,Soloist
Lyodoh Kaneko   Violin
Raphael Perraud   Cello
Sarah Veilhan   Cello
Marc Chouarain   Piano
David Sztanke   Piano
Lionel Surin   Horn
David Moulié   Horn
Delphine Tissot   Viola
Pierre Vavasseur   Cello
Fabien Wallerand   Tuba
Catherine Bourgeat   Violin
Caroline Ritchot   Violin
David Defiez   Horn,Soloist
Nicolas Vallade   Trombone
Yohan Chetail   Trumpet
Laurent Mallet   Trumpet
Daniel Breszinski   Trombone
Bruno Bertoli   Conductor
Cedric Berger   Horn
Nicolas Heumber   Trumpet
Jonathan Reith   Trombone
Thibault Mortegoute   Trombone
Stéphane Gourvat   Trumpet
Laurent Bourdon   Trumpet
Guillaume Varupenne   Bass Trombone
Aron Ottignon   Piano
Marie Poulanges   Viola
Benjamin Chareyron   Horn
Christophe Struzynski   Horn
Oana Unc-Marchand   Cello
Benjamin Estienne   Violin
J.M. Tavernier   Horn

Technical Credits

Mike Marsh   Mastering
Sebastian   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mitchell Yoshida   Composer
Shoes   Producer
Guillaume Brière   Composer
Daniel Sannwald   Artwork
Pierre Le Ny   Art Direction
Woodkid   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ambroise Willaume   Arranger,Composer
Dany Héricourt   Composer
Bruno Bertoli   Orchestration
Gustave Rudman   Arranger

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