French DJ duo The Blaze drops first EP, sets high bar for rest of 2017
Attention creators of electronic music, the bar has been set and if you do not come close to The Blaze’s freshmen release, Territory EP, dropped today, this then please head back to the studio.
The Blaze, the French producer/director duo and cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, not the ultra-conservative online publication run by Glen Beck, dropped their first single “Virile” back in late January of this year. The subtle, minimalist track not only features expert, beat driven and modern song-craft, the video shows the relationship between two Muslim immigrants in France as they spend a night together in a debatable plutonic way. Check it out below:
“The most important thing for us in “Virile” was talking about what we know about relationships between guys.” said Johnathan in an interview with Fader published today. While US-based queer fanboys questioned the groups interest in such close-male relationships, its important to remember the two grew up on the Ivory Coast where relationships between men are seen differently and physical contact is not always sexualized.
“[It's about] About friends spending time together… like the two of us, working on music,” Johnathan said. “It was a photograph of what we were living at the time. There’s always something of us in [our visuals].”
And their visuals play a huge role. After the success of “Virile” they dropped a second track with an even stronger message in its music video. ”Territory” opens with waves crashing behind a boat as a young man returns to a tearful family and friends – perhaps a refugee coming home. Contrasting the strict Islam present in the video’s landscape vs. the modern life this young man aims to live, “Territory” offers a powerful message at a time when Trump continues his war on brown people.
“We all have a place we call home, and we often live far from it,” Johnathan told Fader. ““Territory” tells the story about a young guy going back to his family after a long time. It was, for us, a way to show strong feelings like love, and maybe the arrogance of youth. This situation is never easy — you sometimes have to fight to feel home again, in a place you don’t belong anymore. It’s a strong feeling of joy, and contradiction.”
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