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Pop / Rock 17/03/2023

French 79 Returns With New Album 'Teenagers' In May 2023

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Acclaimed international electronic artist French 79-the musical alias of French producer, remixer and songwriter Simon Henner-is set to release a new record Teenagers on May 5.
In conjunction, French 79 premieres the album's latest single "Like is Like" today alongside an accompanying music video. The video was directed by a pair of Henner's lifelong friends and creative collaborators who go by the name Cauboyz.

Of the video, Cauboyz says, "'Life is Like' tells of a musician's journey. If the music video embodies three phases of his life, it helps us give a glimpse at the intimacy of a character through a window. Here, architecture and time seem to intertwine and create a monolithic sequence. The perception of time evolves with age. The tender age was yesterday and yet, it is already so far away. What is left of our childhood?

From the time when dreams were as powerful as life. Where building an ego was as much as when the architect completes a bridge. What is left of our adolescence? Our first experiences, our fleeting loves? These creative moments resonate in us as adults, with nostalgia driving our creation instincts. This music is so heady that the synths' reverb seems to echo in these private places. The story of a piece, from its first dream to the release of the album. The position of the musician, at the center of our lives through his."

French 79 is also slated to perform a select run of worldwide dates this summer, including a headline performance at New York's new venue Racket as well as appearances at Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in Montréal, Le Bon Air Festival in Marseille, Nuits de Fourviere Festival in Lyon and more. See below for a complete tour routing while further U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.

Like its predecessors (Olympic and Joshua), Teenagers is an album where keyboards and analog synthesizers are predominant. However, the new project reveals a much more personal and musically ambitious side of Henner, showcasing his sonic evolution as French 79.

"If the first two albums were respectively about birth and childhood, this third album will logically be dedicated to adolescence," recalls Henner. "I wanted to pay tribute to this moment which still defines me today, because I really discovered those repetitive, psychedelic and synthetic sounds at this age. They made it possible for me to escape, to build and find myself. I tried to put myself in the same psychic state I was in when I was a teenager, that precise moment when you feel like you've got your whole life ahead of you, or even better, you'll live forever."

The 12-track album was produced by Henner and mixed by Damien Quintard (Brian Eno, Justice, Sade) at composer Jean-Michel Jarre's home studio as well as the renowned Miraval Studios in France. Recently reopened after being purchased by Brad Pitt, Miraval Studios is in the heart of the 17th Century Provençal Estate of Château Miraval where legendary acts such as Pink Floyd, AC/DC and The Cure recorded.

Born in Marseille, Henner began making a name for himself as an electronic music producer, remixer and songwriter, including tracks like NTO's "Seasons," Tiësto's "Diamond Veins," Erik Satie's "Gnossienne No. 5" and Cliff Martinez's "Rubber Head." Henner's continued production accolades include his co-write on Kid Francescoli's single "Moon," which is now certified Diamond in France.

In 2014, Henner began creating music under the French 79 moniker where he released his debut album Olympic in 2016 and his follow-up record Joshua in 2019. His signature tracks "Between the Buttons," "Hometown" and the certified Platinum hit "Diamond Veins" featuring Sarah Rebecca have received commercial and critical praise both stateside and abroad. In addition, his French 79 track "Lovin' Feeling" was featured in the first season Netflix's series "Emily in Paris."

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