Indie-pop duo Ex en Provence are poised to announce their debut release with the arrival of ‘Counting Down The Suns’ due this December and is accompanied by a verité style video shot entirely on the streets of Berlin.
Channeling 90s nostalgia, ‘Counting Down The Suns’ provides a stark, timely message, laced with storming indie-pop power. They say: “The idea was born reading about Hou Yi (后 羿), a Chinese mythological archer who shot down nine of the ten suns in the sky so the earth wouldn’t get scorched. Counting Down the Suns became a metaphor for dealing with all the fears of whatever is coming our way. How we are all on a quest for enlightenment. How small things can grow big and like the wait for the eruption of an active volcano. Which all seems even more significant in the current political and global climate. The song helps the listener along on their romantic escapism road trip through lavender fields to the Port of Marseille punctuated with some climatic peaks on the way.”
Ex en Provence is a brand new collaboration between Londoner Samuel Deschamps (ex La Shark) and Berlin based Jan Blumentrath ((Intergalactic Republic of Kongo) / Ora The Molecule / Eliot Sumner).
Both met whilst on tour with their former bands and started writing music together in a makeshift studio, a former Jewish gym under a snooker hall in Stoke Newington that they packed full of synthesisers. Since then the two have collaborated regularly as writers and producers for a diverse range of artists.
Several hundred demos later and much tinkering to the sound and concept, Ex en Provence finally came to fruition. ‘Counting Down The Suns’ heralds the band’s foray forward with a clutch of shows and releases planned for 2021.