AaRon is a French duo consisting of singer Simon Buret and multi-instrumentalist Olivier Cousier. Her single "U Turn (Lili)" was a surprise success. Now her second album is available. Twelve song jewels on which they practice themselves in cultivated melancholy between elegance and decadence. Just like David Bowie and Roxy Music in the late seventies. This is not a matter of stuck-up arbitrariness, but of cultivated beauty and romance on the fine line between joy and grief. "Ludlow" marches in industrial rhythms almost as "Heroes" once did. "Rise" possesses this infinitely large, morbid nostalgia, as they cultivate Blue Nile or Nick Cave. "Seeds Of Gold, full of hooklines, even has beach boy moments. "Inner Streets" could come from Depeche Mode, except that instead of synthi a piano sets the tone. Miraculously, AaRon gives his songs plenty of room to breathe. The artificial approach in the meditative instead of merely hip sound architecture is reminiscent of David Sylvian. "Embers", a divine piano ballad à la Eric Satie, concludes a record for the night, all by itself. Stop.
Top track: Embers