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French Bandstand: Gaëtan Roussel – La simplicité

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OrpailleurThere’s something about Gaëtan Roussel… I don’t know how he does it, but he basically tapped into my brain’s musical pleasure center and took all of the things I love and made another damn song I can’t get enough of. <<La simplicité>> is the first track off last year’s <<Orpailleur>> and it’s essentially the best.

Here’s the chorus:

Ça parait toujours avoir existé / It appears to have always existed
Des heures entières à la chercher / Whole hours spent looking for it
A tenter de l’apprivoiser / Attempts to tame it
Ça parait toujours avoir existé / Appear to have always existed
La simplicité / Simplicity
C’est rien mais c’est si compliqué / It’s nothing but it’s so complicated

I quite like the video too, which isn’t usually the case. Despite being part of the first MTV generation, my parents didn’t love me so I never had cable and, possibly as a result, music videos kind of detract from a song for me. Nothing ruins the pictures in my head like actual pictures. But, as I said, this one’s nice — all graphic designs and patterns — and reminds me of the great, great Chuck Jones’s animated take on “The Dot and the Line.”

Annoying to me

One of the maddening things about <<La simplicité>> is that it features a repeated noise in the background that sounds like a phone ringing. There should be laws against this as it’s totally distracting and could cause all kinds of accidents.

DEADWOOD's one of the few shows that continues to grow in my estimation.

DEADWOOD‘s one of the few shows that continues to grow in my estimation.

Learn a thing?

An orpailleur is a gold miner or a person who pans for gold. I don’t immediately see the connection between the album title and the songs, but I’ll go back with a more critical ear and see if I can rustle something up. Regardless, I now have a chance to post a pic of the always-excellent Jim Beaver as the wonderful Mr. Ellsworth on DEADWOOD.

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Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

5 thoughts on “French Bandstand: Gaëtan Roussel – La simplicité

  1. The video is not available in my country. Darn.

  2. I can’t find an unrestricted version of the official video, but from your description it reminds me of another video from a few years ago, Justice’s DVNO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiDsLRQg_g4

    • Well, this is super annoying. If these dumb companies are going to restrict their content, the least they could do was tell us beforehand. It’s doubly sad since the video is so fun.

      If you’re really curious, you can use a VPN service to confound IP trackers and watch content from all over the world, location be damned.

    • And this is even more confounding! Justice is a French band! Wtf (what the French)?! This video’s fun but the one for “La simplicité” is more like a Saul Bass thing.

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