COUCOU CHLOE: ‘FEVER DREAM’ tour + DJ Q + SIM0NE + HOUSEWIFE 9
COUCOU CHLOE is playing a Sphinx-like game of sonic hide and seek. Inspired by a chaotic mix of life and isolation, the French-born, London-based artist, vocalist and producer chops and creates away from the spotlight. She weaves warped animal samples and intensely deep diaristic lyrics into austere, skeletal beats, futuristic compositions and pounding club anthems best enjoyed in the dark. Then delivers the finished product centre stage, in the flesh, with explosive live performances for writhing mosh-pits of fans.
On her forthcoming, self-released project, FEVER DREAM, COUCOU CHLOE is unleashing the full spectrum of her emotions.“One fan can't feel intensely about every song I make, but I just want them to listen to the music and be like, 'I felt at home' and 'I felt understood' or 'I felt something'." COUCOU CHLOE states. "I'm not trying to make something that sounds "fresh" or "new" I want people to hear my voice more today because I feel like there are things I want to express with words more clearly than I used to. Right now, that's where I'm reaching sonically."
Across FEVER DREAM, COUCOU CHLOE flexes the evolution of her technical prowess and artistic skillset while plunging even deeper into herself, exploring visceral loss, perception of time, twisted romance, and beyond. "The inspiration behind the new music/project is life. The more you grow and understand living and the complexities of your emotions, the more you can express that. Almost everything I've experienced has become material for me to share."
FEVER DREAM is more impassioned and club-driven than ever, with returning features ranging from 645AR, MATT OX, EARTHEATER, NENE, WOESUM, BRODINSKI, TONY SELTZER and KAI WHINSTON. The debut single 'DRIFT' (out July 19th) is a slimy bass ballad and one of six of the ten-track project which COUCOU CHLOE produced alongside dancefloor heaters' SNAKES' and the second release' POKERFACE.' COUCOU CHLOE bravely confronts grief in the beautifully haunting and melodic 'NEVER' then revisits her past on 'TITN PART 2.' "Both tracks have a deeply personal link. 'TITN PART 2' was a track I wrote a long ago when I released my second EP, NAUGHTY DOG. I changed the lyrics last minute, and when I heard them, it hit me that those lyrics weren't what I wanted to say. So I took the song down from NAUGHTY DOG."
COUCOU CHLOE reveals. "I'm releasing it on FEVER DREAM, with the original lyrics. It didn't feel right then, but it feels good now. It's honest and how it was supposed to be in the first place." Multiple elements of COUCOU CHLOES's character and aesthetic areunveiled in FEVER DREAM, lced between personal touches including the album artwork, which is a hand drawn caricature.
COUCOU CHLOE test-drove demos and rough drafts from FEVER DREAM across a series of incendiary performances this summer, including Wide Awake London and BBK Live in Bilbao, which clocked palpable hype and cemented MIXTAPE, COUCOU CHLOE's first solo release since 2021, as more than worth the wait.
When pressed to articulate what she hopes fans will experience from the project, COUCOU CHLOE says "Even though Im talking about being trapped, there is no barrier to the music. There is freedom. I hope my vulnerability brings people empowerment.” she continues “I also want to bring chaos. I want my music to spark conversation. I want people to be like, 'I hate this song. I'm going to go smoke a cigarette.' I want them to feel sexy, I want people to fuck on my music, I want people to be dirty on my shit. Bring your animal instincts. It's your safe place to be as nasty as you want."
A constant voyeur of expression, Erika Jane aka COUCOU CHLOE began honing her abilities as a multi-hyphenated artist at 4 years old. Between video games, she trained as a classical pianist, then dabbled on a keyboard she purchased herself, creating her own music by collecting outdoor sound recordings, drafting experimental productions and eventually enrolling in the elite contemporary art school Villa Arson.
Stifled in France's art world, she decided to pursue her passion elsewhere and persevere with production on bootleg software handed down to her by her brother, who also inspired her musical moniker after singing 'COUCOU CHLOE' into a birthday card.
Based in London, COUCOU CHLOE tore into the music scene on a fast and ferocious come-up. In a year, she made waves at outsider club nights like PDA, Bala Club and Oscillate Wildly. Then she made her debut with the 2016 EP Halo for Berlin label Creamcake, following up with an NTS residency and her first-ever DJ set for Boiler Room.
Off the back of her Boiler Room set COUCOU CHLOE continued to clock clout on the underground and was in demand booking shows. By 2017 she gained traction as part of the forward-facing radical club collective NUXXE alongside SHYGIRL and SEGA BODEGA, dropping her self-titled EP ERIKA JANE and 2019's NAUGHTY DOG.
Her unique prowess as a producer and artist led her to DJ for Burberry andother design houses, from Prada, Gucci to Lanvin, and model. She jumped on tour with MYKKI BLANCO and remixed tracks with EARTHEATER and LADY GAGA, who invited her to remix 'Stupid Love' for her Dawn of Chromatica project.
In 2021, COUCOU CHLOE dropped a four-track, self-produced EP ONE, which at that point was her most substantial and raw music to date. The the press release cited ONE as a quantum leap forward into COUCOU CHLOE'S sound. While models stomped down catwalks to exhilarating singles' WIZZ' and 'ZERO FIVE STARS' at pounding decibels, COUCOU CHLOE had a personal revelation.
COUCOU CHLOE continued to go from strength to strength. She closed out 2022 by linking up with an illustrious list of her musical influences for her remix project 1. From New York-based experimentalist Eartheater and Brooklyn producer Tony Seltzer. To Stockholm artist and cult icon COBRAH, London producer KELVIN KRASH (A$AP ROCKY, TYLER THE CREATOR), French rapper 8RUKI and trap luminary BRODINSKI, ZURICH artist and sound-designer MODULAW, and KAI WHINSTON.
COUCOU CHLOE has been fiercely raw in sharing the complexities of her inner workings with her fans from the outset and electrifying them once in her world. In 2023, as she gears up for the hugely hyped release of FEVER DREAM, COUCOU CHLOE is at the top of her game, veering into multiple mediums and unleashing an intoxicating spectrum of her sonic aesthetic and deepest emotions.
In October, she will kick off a multiple-stop headline tour in Europe, including Village Underground in London, Spain, Germany, Italy, Hungary, France and Georgia.
FEVER DREAM is out September 27th 2023
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