ABOUT THE RELEASE
“The sound, and indeed the vision that follows is equally entrancing”
“The candied, loping bass on Rooftop Trees pairs with Bernard’s jangling guitar, and his fragile vocals hark back to the dawn of acid pop culture over fifty years ago.”
The Line of Best Fit – video premiere
3 South & Banana is the musical moniker of Berlin-based, France-born singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Aurélien Bernard.
His latest single, Bla Bla Bla, was released on July 10th via Some Other Planet/State 51 distribution, and precedes the debut album from 3 South & Banana, due in the spring of 2020.
Bla Bla Bla follows the debut EP “Rooftop Trees”, released on 1st March 2019. The EP featured the singles Fake Jungle and Rooftop Trees.
Aurélien previously played in Vadoinmessico, the band that went on to become Cairobi. The reputation of 3 South & Banana as a live act has already started to spread, having recently supported The Comet Is Coming in Berlin, the 3 South & Banana live show is a multimedia/virtual band live performance, and has a distinct nod to mavericks such as David Byrne.
Following in the vein of the surrealist ambi-pop and oddball narratives of the Rooftop Trees EP, the Bla Bla Bla single deals with the theme of Aurélien starting to explore meditation, as he explains “Bla Bla Bla is a reference to the chattering mind, as perceived when one starts to engage with one’s own mind from a meditative perspective, and how it is possible to have experiences of stillness that transcend the internal clutter with moments of peace, it can be profoundly liberating”. With such a cosmic theme at hand, and the prevelant use of analogue synths, Aurélien cites suitably tripped out influences such as Stereolab and Broadcast, set alongside classic song-writing from the likes of Harry Nilsson.
Some Other Planet records was launched to release the music of Vadoinmessico and then Cairobi, and they’ve recently released the new album “Cliffhanger“, from Japanese musician Grimm Grimm. Some Other Planet is run by Salvador Garza Fishburn, who also co-produces and mixes the 3 South & Banana project releases.
3 South & Banana has been supported across 6Music, with multiple plays from Gideon Coe, Don Letts and Lauren Laverne, and widely tipped on the blogosphere. 3 South & Banana recently made their London live debut, opening for acclaimed cult band Blue House, and will be continuing to tour in 2019 and 2020.