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It’s probably safe to say that not many great landmarks in cultural history have come as a result of visits to EuroDisney. But it was after a trip to the anthropomorphic mouse-endorsed theme-park that Kiki and Guigui, the two young Parisians who make up Total Warr, finally sat down in an apartment and recorded their debut EP.
The duo’s first attempt at recording together, Cascades was hammered out in two frantic, noisy weeks before Kiki left Paris for pastures new in the US. Literally hammered out, in fact, the lads both being drummers. They made percussive sounds from everything they had to hand: tables, a banjo, a pack of cough-drops, even a toy laser gun (a memento from Disneyland), and added vocals, melodies, guitars, harmonies, mixing as they went.
“We recorded everything straight without thinking too long, and I started mixing it at the same time,” explains Kiki via email from New York. Their frenetic approach lends the record an endearing, bustling energy. Cascades has earned them quiet but effusive praise, and comparisons to zeitgeisty acts like Yeasayer and Panda Bear. Their single ‘Gangsta Rap’ was included on the mighty Kitsune label’s Parisien compilation. Continue reading “Might Be Giants – Total Warr”