Photo by Tina Herbots
It’s not every day you find a studious 20-something who’s obsessed with jazz and bebop music. But young, Brussels-based Lucien Fairpoint first picked up music so that he could follow the path of greats like John Scofield and Wes Montgomery. His education and work in the art of improvisational guitar refused to be yoked to the single genre, however, and he soon found himself meddling in the equally free-flowing sounds of psych pop.
Tapping a group of creative friends to help bring his bedroom recordings to life, Fraipont formed Robbing Millions in 2013. The band has since released two EPs of constantly evolving, progressive psychedelia. After a two-week session at Brooklyn’s Rare Book Room studio with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective), Robbing Millions are set to release their self-titled debut full-length on August 26th via [PIAS].
As a taste of where this jazz-backed synthpop has taken Fraipont and his friends, they’ve today revealed their LP’s latest single, “Dreams Like Photographs”. Fraipoint’s improvisational origins can be heard right away, his guitar notes dancing about like ’80s rock whipped up by a psychotropic gust of synthesizers. Easygoing funk verses filled with gently swaying instrumentals float down into purely astral vortexes on the bridges, coaxing the listener to go with the flow of the trip.
According to Fraipont, that dynamic between future funk and classic psych is very much intentional. He tells Consequence of Sound that the song is about “a bunch a robots trying to dance like humans at a birthday party. They’re remembering good old times while trying to figure out what their recent dreams could mean. I tried to choose words that had this ‘futuristic nostalgic medieval vibe’ I like a lot.”
Take a listen below.