Release Date: Mar 1, 2011
Record label: Big Dada
With a name like Paris Suit Yourself, an album called My Main Shitstain, and an album cover reminiscent of Yeasayer's Odd Blood, but eerier, it's hard to know what to expect from the multinational quartet's debut full-length (released on Ninja Tune offshoot Big Dada) besides, well, the unexpected. And unexpected it is. The band pulls from many sources: hip-hop, Afro-beat, French pop, blues, and dub reggae, but despite this, there's nothing ornate or even particularly complex about the songs.
Asked by a fawning female admirer how he writes women so effectively, Melvin Udall, the misanthropic novelist played by Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets responds “I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability. ” Similarly devoted to alienating any reasonable person, it would seem, Paris Suit Yourself appear to approach writing music by subtracting any trace of form, melody, rhythmic consistency, excitement, emotional resonance and animating purpose. Instead, this French/American/German hybrid uses its appalling debut album, My Main Shitstain, as a shapeless platform for flailing about in any manner of directions except those that might lead anywhere listenable or engaging.
A ridiculous but brilliant debut. Garry Mulholland 2011 Every debut album ever made is sent out to journos and DJs with a piece of paper telling you that this brand new noise has no precedent in musical history. Which can make it easy to miss when it actually happens. But, in order to get that these three people from Bordeaux and a drummer from Berlin are the genuine maverick article, one just has to grab a listen.