In musical terms, there are two different versions of the eighties: one with a tube and a half of hairspray from the top-of-the-pops stage, the other with a cigarette dangling from the corner of its mouth, in the basement studio among blinking, roaring machines. The French duo StarBabe fuses these together and transports them into the present. Rattling industrial sounds meet vocoder retro-futurism, aggressive EBM rhythms rub up against visionary techno-pop, while café-del-mar vibes nestle up with pumping house basslines. Glitz and glamour, pomp and pathos, Weltschmerz and bucolic longings – in StarBabe’s songs, they don’t exist side by side but rather enter into a creative, productive dialogue, united by the electric crackling of the analogue hardware and live instrumentation of singer Elodie and producer Jean Claude. Contradictions dissolved in harmony.
Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the framework of Pop-Kultur International.