Borja Flames

NEWS


BIO

He has three brains, a thousand lives, past or parallel, and his name is Borja Flames. Spanish, Parisian, Burgundian, cosmonaut, we don’t know anymore. 

His head is that of a pope, a king, a lion, a faun or a melancholic centaur. He is well dressed, with pot holes and beard : Merovingian. We knew him in June and Jim of which he was the southern face (the northern hemisphere being Marion Cousin), a duo recently transfigured under the name  of Catalina Matorral, real electronic pastoral.

We saw him reshuffle his cards for the first time in 2016 with Nacer Blanco, the first album under his name, whose tipsy clocks, totems like the Tower of Pisa and bony madrigals evoked Moondog, Robert Wyatt and the Postman Cheval, one inside the other, helter-skelter.

After which Rojo Vivo (2018) a blend of pale house and tenebrous preachings made us fear and pleasure and dance.  

Nuevo Medievo which appears today (Les disques du Festival Permanent / Murailles Music) is even more beautiful, more striking. From the very beginning, sung on tiptoe, the silvery voice with robotic effects on a synthetic bedside rug spiked with cymbals makes us feel bareheaded in a vast cabinet of stars, we are captivated. There are laser beams, oracle lyrics with vocoder. Paul Loiseau, the Morse drummer, makes the kitchen set sound like an orchestra of stoned calculators, then Borja Flames accelerates the record’s pulse with the diction of a fed-up TV news anchor before a jungle background until Marion Cousin and Rachel Langlais make everything capsize, she of saturnian vocalization, she of a strangely regulated synth. 

Then on, the hits fall here, there, everywhere, real ones, a shower of asteroids.

Negro Negro is suave, mysterious, moving, as surprising as a kiss we no longer expect. We would gladly listen to her only but then comes Magnetismo making us giddy with joy. Then Marioneta, dry and airy as a Sign O’The Times period Prince, which one could dance to endlessly, even alone, head tucked under arm. Nuevo Medievo moves this way throughout, stiff and groovy, cerebral but exploding with dreamy tumors. Powerfully entertaining, filled with odd rhythms, computer choirs, keyboards that slide and are slippery. Nuevo Medievo is a bit reminiscent of the synth-wave scene and 80s Iberian post-punk. It also evokes lo-fi versions of Franco Battiato‘s panoramic SF hits from the album No Time No Space (far away worlds, sound research, fat refrains), Arthur Russel disco, or even Porque te vas, yes yes, Sade, Motown B-sides played at the IRCAM one evening of blunt slackness, Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrel in a full-on slow dance under the anachronistic neon lights of a chicha bar or Blade Runner rushes with the Miami Vice original soundtrack.

If Nuevo Medievo, like all of music loving cannibal Borja Flames’ records, summons a certain number of other artists, it does so to organize unexpected meetings between them, and to dissect each one in a scientific, erotic, amorous and gastronomic impulse before freeing himself from them and drawing in all the diagonals of authentically unheard features. Throw him a party. 

LINE-UP
Borja Flames: Voice, Electric Guitar, Kalimba, Keyboard
Marion Cousin : Voice, Keyboard, Percussions
Paul Loiseau : Percussions, Electronic drums
Rachel Langlais : Keyboards, Voice

Coproduction : Murailles Music, La Vapeur, Antre Peaux, with the support of the CNM and Adami (civil association for the administration of the rights of performing artists and musicians)

LINKS


PRESS


CONTACT

Booking : Lucas Hihn
Press : Marc Chonier
Promo : Varvara Papaspanopoulou

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Nuevo Medievo

    Murailles Music / Les Disques du Festival Permanent2022
    LP / CD / Digital
    Buy
  • Rojo Vivo

    Les Disques du Festival Permanent2018
    CD / LP / digital
  • Nacer Blanco

    Marxophone Records / Label Le Saule2016
    LP / CD

Past shows

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  • DateCountryCityVenuewith 
  • 30/11/2022SuisseGenève (CH)Face Z, Cave12Cancellled(404)infos event
  • 26/11/2022FranceDijon (21)La Vapeur, Indie Day #3Zombie Zombie, TH Da Freak, Dewaere, Gwendoline, Miëtinfos event
  • 25/11/2022FranceAmiens (80)Accueil Froid event
  • 24/11/2022BelgiqueBruxelles (BE)Le Brass13 year Cicadainfos event
  • 25/09/2022FranceLille (59)L'AéronefAlabaster dePlumeinfos event
  • 16/09/2022FranceGrenoble (38)Le Ciel infos event
  • 15/09/2022FranceBillom (63)la PERM (orga. Le Café du Quai)DOMEinfos event
  • 14/09/2022FranceAngoulême (16) Bêta (orga. Saxifraga)Lentinfos event
  • 05/06/2022FranceLourmarin (84)Festival YEAH!, Auditorium de LourmarinMendelsoninfos event
  • 16/04/2022FranceNantes (44)Festival Variations, le lieu uniqueAymeric de Tapolinfos event
  • 26/03/2022FranceFelletin (23)La Gare en commun (orga. La Petite Maison Rouge) event
  • 25/03/2022FranceSaint-Martin-de-Seignanx (40)Camiade (orga. Catach)Lurodeiinfos event
  • 19/03/2022FranceMontreuil (93)Sonic Protest, Théâtre Berthelot'Chaque Second Compte' par Alexis Degrenier et Gauthier Déplaude, Kristallroll, HACKEDEPICCIOTTOinfos event
  • 22/02/2020FranceNantes (44)Pôle ÉtudiantChicaloyoh, Humbros event
  • 21/02/2020FranceParis (75)Festival Espace Barré - Espace BChicaloyoh, Plein Soleilinfos event
  • 17/12/2019FranceFécamp (76)Théâtre Le Passageinfos event
  • 16/11/2019SuisseLucerne (CH)IndustrieAlice
  • 14/11/2019FranceLyon (69)Opéra UndergroundMarc Melià (live A/V)infos event
  • 22/09/2019FrancePoitiers (86)Planétarium du Lieu multiple / Espace Mendès Franceinfos event
  • 11/08/2019FranceBegayne / Ginals (82)Vallée et CoBacchantesinfos event
  • 10/08/2019FranceConcots (46) Bois de La LogetteBacchantesinfos event
  • 09/08/2019FranceAiguelèze (81)La Javanaiseinfos
  • 02/08/2019FrancePlougonvelin (29)Festival Visions 7,77 - Fort de BertheaumePowerdove, Drew Mcdowall, EYE, Tanz Mein Herz, Shackleton, France, Techno Thriller, Tzusing, Vessel, Unit Moebius.infos event
  • 09/06/2019FranceParisVillette Sonique, Scène Labelsinfos event
  • 07/06/2019FranceCherbourg-en-Cotentin (50)La Cherche
  • 14/05/2019FranceVanves (92)Switch Festival #3 - Théâtre de VanvesAmbeyance, Claus & Clausen, Romain Berthaudinfos event
  • 12/04/2019FranceRennes (35)Le Marquis de Sade event
  • 11/04/2019FranceHérouville-Saint-Clair (14)Cinéma Café des Images event
  • 10/04/2019FranceRouen (76)La Conjuration des Fourneaux event
  • 09/04/2019FranceAlençon (61)Chapêlmêle event
  • 07/04/2019FranceLillePZZLE Festival : La Bulle Café - Maison Folie Moulins/ FlowMatt Elliott & VACARME, This Is The Kit, Cyril Cyril etc.infos event
  • 29/03/2019FranceMaubec (84) Les musiques inclassables font le printemps! à la Gare de CoustelletHelved Rüm, Pili Coïtinfos event
  • 05/03/2019FranceParis (75)Petit BainOrgue Agnès (Sourdure, 1er Chasseur, Èlg), Horse in the house (Gilles Poizat)infos event
  • 02/03/2019FranceClermont-FerrandL'Hôtel des VilsEloïse Decazes, Osilasiinfos event
  • 01/03/2019FranceMarseilleForum du MUCEM : Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranéeinfos event
  • 15/02/2019FranceLyonBIMBOinfos event
  • 14/02/2019FranceChalon-sur-Saône (71)LaPénicheinfos event
  • 13/02/2019SuisseGenève (CH)Cave 12infos
  • 12/02/2019Suisse Winterthour (CH)Kraftfeldinfos event
  • 11/02/2019AllemagneBamberg (DE)Johanniskapelle event
  • 09/02/2019AllemagneStuttgart (DE)Neue Schachtel event
  • 26/01/2019FranceReimsle Bar de la Comédie (CDN)infos event
  • 28/11/2018FranceMontreuilLes Instants ChavirésEloïse Decazes, Èlginfos event
  • 18/10/2018FrancePalaiseau (91)MJC - Théâtre des 3 Vallées de Palaiseauinfos event
  • 16/10/2018FranceJoué-les-ToursLe Temps Machineinfos
  • 08/09/2018FranceMarseilleFestival MIMI, Toit-terrasse de la Friche la Belle de MaiMusique Chienne et Petit Singeinfos event
  • 02/09/2018FranceAiguelèzes (81)Festival Baignade InterditeOrgue Agnès, Ensemble 0infos event
  • 31/08/2018FranceToursSaucisse fest - Lieu Secret
  • 06/07/2018PortugalPorto (PT)Jardim da Cooperativa Árvore / Sonoscopiainfos event
  • 05/07/2018PortugalLisbon (PT)Zarataninfos event
  • 04/07/2018EspagneCáceresPsicopompo Libreríainfos event
  • 17/03/2018FranceToursLe Petit FaucheuxCantenac Dagarinfos event
  • 13/01/2018FranceNantesLe lieu uniqueThe Recyclers, Areski Belkacem, Arlt, Marion Cousin,...infos event
  • 24/11/2017FranceBoulogne-BillancourtFestival BBmix, Carré Belle-FeuilleArnold Dreyblatt, Prescott, un-je-ne-sais-quoi (DJ)infos event
  • 16/11/2017FranceBrestFestival InvisibleJulien Deprezinfos event
  • 15/11/2017FranceNantesCarte Blanche, TrempolinoMy Name is Nobodyinfos event
  • 14/11/2017FranceAlençonlieu secret
  • 01/10/2017FrancePoitiersFestival Le Circuit, PlanétariumOhgreuinfos
  • 25/08/2017FranceHédé (35)Festival Bonus, Théâtre de PocheSourdureinfos event
  • 10/06/2017FranceNancyFestival Stéréolithe, Parc de la cure d’airLa Terre Tremble !!!infos event
  • 08/03/2017FrancePoitiersAuditorium Saint-Germainduo Marion Cousin & Gaspar Clausinfos event
  • 26/02/2017FranceParisMaison de la PoésieJody Pou (poète)infos event
  • 08/12/2016SuisseGenèveCave 12 event
  • 07/12/2016SuisseLausanneLe BourgMike Wexlerinfos
  • 10/11/2016FranceParisL'espace en courVictor Herrero et Lorena Álvarezinfos event
  • 21/10/2016FranceMontreuilLes Instants ChavirésDana Valserinfos
  • 09/10/2016FranceChateaudouble (26)Le Troquet de MaretteCrieuses de Maretteinfos
  • 08/10/2016FranceLyon (69)Le Bal des FrigantsL'étrangleuseinfos
  • 12/08/2016FranceMens (38)Festival Mens Alors

NEWS

BIO

He has three brains, a thousand lives, past or parallel, and his name is Borja Flames. Spanish, Parisian, Burgundian, cosmonaut, we don’t know anymore. 

His head is that of a pope, a king, a lion, a faun or a melancholic centaur. He is well dressed, with pot holes and beard : Merovingian. We knew him in June and Jim of which he was the southern face (the northern hemisphere being Marion Cousin), a duo recently transfigured under the name  of Catalina Matorral, real electronic pastoral.

We saw him reshuffle his cards for the first time in 2016 with Nacer Blanco, the first album under his name, whose tipsy clocks, totems like the Tower of Pisa and bony madrigals evoked Moondog, Robert Wyatt and the Postman Cheval, one inside the other, helter-skelter.

After which Rojo Vivo (2018) a blend of pale house and tenebrous preachings made us fear and pleasure and dance.  

Nuevo Medievo which appears today (Les disques du Festival Permanent / Murailles Music) is even more beautiful, more striking. From the very beginning, sung on tiptoe, the silvery voice with robotic effects on a synthetic bedside rug spiked with cymbals makes us feel bareheaded in a vast cabinet of stars, we are captivated. There are laser beams, oracle lyrics with vocoder. Paul Loiseau, the Morse drummer, makes the kitchen set sound like an orchestra of stoned calculators, then Borja Flames accelerates the record’s pulse with the diction of a fed-up TV news anchor before a jungle background until Marion Cousin and Rachel Langlais make everything capsize, she of saturnian vocalization, she of a strangely regulated synth. 

Then on, the hits fall here, there, everywhere, real ones, a shower of asteroids.

Negro Negro is suave, mysterious, moving, as surprising as a kiss we no longer expect. We would gladly listen to her only but then comes Magnetismo making us giddy with joy. Then Marioneta, dry and airy as a Sign O’The Times period Prince, which one could dance to endlessly, even alone, head tucked under arm. Nuevo Medievo moves this way throughout, stiff and groovy, cerebral but exploding with dreamy tumors. Powerfully entertaining, filled with odd rhythms, computer choirs, keyboards that slide and are slippery. Nuevo Medievo is a bit reminiscent of the synth-wave scene and 80s Iberian post-punk. It also evokes lo-fi versions of Franco Battiato‘s panoramic SF hits from the album No Time No Space (far away worlds, sound research, fat refrains), Arthur Russel disco, or even Porque te vas, yes yes, Sade, Motown B-sides played at the IRCAM one evening of blunt slackness, Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrel in a full-on slow dance under the anachronistic neon lights of a chicha bar or Blade Runner rushes with the Miami Vice original soundtrack.

If Nuevo Medievo, like all of music loving cannibal Borja Flames’ records, summons a certain number of other artists, it does so to organize unexpected meetings between them, and to dissect each one in a scientific, erotic, amorous and gastronomic impulse before freeing himself from them and drawing in all the diagonals of authentically unheard features. Throw him a party. 

LINE-UP
Borja Flames: Voice, Electric Guitar, Kalimba, Keyboard
Marion Cousin : Voice, Keyboard, Percussions
Paul Loiseau : Percussions, Electronic drums
Rachel Langlais : Keyboards, Voice

Coproduction : Murailles Music, La Vapeur, Antre Peaux, with the support of the CNM and Adami (civil association for the administration of the rights of performing artists and musicians)

LINKS

PRESS

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Nuevo Medievo

    Murailles Music / Les Disques du Festival Permanent2022
    LP / CD / Digital
    Buy
  • Rojo Vivo

    Les Disques du Festival Permanent2018
    CD / LP / digital
  • Nacer Blanco

    Marxophone Records / Label Le Saule2016
    LP / CD

CONTACT

Booking : Lucas Hihn
Press : Marc Chonier
Promo : Varvara Papaspanopoulou