A Man Called Woodkid

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There are few things more exciting to music-lovers than discovering a new artist- especially when their sound is unlike anything you’ve heard before.  Recently I came across Yoann Lemoine—a French music video director/graphic designer turned singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name, “Woodkid.”  I’ve been entranced by his music since I heard this collaboration with Angel Haze for the first time a week ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xylleSyDxoM

            Lemoine is best known for directing music videos such as Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die,” but now Woodkid has his own music videos to worry about.  In fact, the music video for “Run Boy Run” (a personal favorite) was nominated at the 2013 Grammys for Best Short For Music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmc21V-zBq0

            Back in March of 2011, Woodkid released Iron EP woodkid-golden-age-coverand self-directed its music video with great success.  The song, with its epic sound, was quickly utilized by the entertainment industry, getting featured in the trailers for both Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and the film Hitchcock—it even appeared in the TV series Teen Wolf.  Two years later, in March of 2013, he released his debut album The Golden Age.  

I think the reason I’m so intrigued by this album is because it’s vastly different than anything else I’m currently listening to.  This album falls under the “neofolk” genre—an experimental take on folk music.  His sound is very cinematic, utilizing a large orchestral accompaniment beneath haunting vocals.  The title track sets the tone for the rest of the album.  A soft piano melody coupled with his husky vocals sets an almost melancholy tone, until the trumpet fanfare begins and the listener can truly appreciate the well-roundedness of Woodkid’s music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY_0embrDFk