Nov 29th, 2017, 11:00 AM

Emerging Artists: December Edition

By Isabel Guigui
Cloud Nothings. Image credit: Flickr/ digboston
A monthly series showing you the best new artists touring Paris.

As we head into the last month of the year, charged with despairing over deadlines and rejoicing at the prospect of the holidays, make sure not to miss these fantastic finds. 

December 4: Lost Horizons

Origin: UK
When and where: 8:00 PM, Le Point Éphémère, 200 Quai de Valmy 75010

Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins and percussionist Richard Thomas came together to form this collaboration and published their debut album, "Ojalá," this November. Their many featured singers make for a varied sound, united under their crossover production of poppy vibes with folk chanson: this is a set that is sure to whisk you away. 

Lost Horizons - The Places We've Been

December 5: Cloud Nothings

Origin: USA
When and where: 8:00 PM, Le Point Éphémère, 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010

200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris

Cloud Nothings was born from the discovery of the tracks of a young Cleveland teen, Dylan Baldi, on his MySpace profile in 2010. By January of the following year, Baldi and his band were signed by several labels and had published their debut album. Their brand of lo-fi pop lands them not far on the spectrum from other groups like the Japandroids and The Babies and promises for a rocking show. 

Cloud Nothings - Hey Cool

December 7: Baio

Origin: USA
When and where: 8:00 PM, Le Pop-Up du Label, 14 Rue Abel, 75012

New Yorker Chris Baio, the bass guitarist of Vampire Weekend, took his ambitions and left the Big Apple for London in 2015 to focus on his project Baio. In September of that year, Baio released "The Names," exploring his personal style of synth pop. Check out this concert if you want to groove to light vibes. 


December 13: Rone

Origin: France
When and where: 8:00 PM, Le Trianon, 80 Boulevard de Rochechouart, 75018

Another MySpace discovery, Erwan Castex hails from the greater Paris area and is better known as Rone. With four albums to his name, this 80s kid is sure to charm you with his electronic beats. He is moving up in the music world, having performed at several festivals this summer. Catch him up near Pigalle. 

Rone - Bye Bye Macadam (Official Video)

December 16: Joel Hierrezuelo Quintet

Origin: Cuba
When and where: 9:00 PM, Sunset, 60 Rue des Lombards, 75001

The music of this Cuban quintet has been featured on lounge mixes and meditation track lists, but the namesake himself identifies primarily with jazz. What better place to snag a swinging show then right on the Rue des Lombards, famously one of Paris's leading jazz quarters? 

Joel Hierrezuelo - Quiza -

December 19: Soulwax

Origin: Belgium
When and where: 7:30 PM, Casino de Paris, 16 Rue de Clichy, 75009

Created in the 90s by two brothers, this group has risen to fame particularly in the last few years. Having collaborated with the likes of LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, and Hot Chip, as well as running its own radio show online and composing film scores, Soulwax maintains a diverse repertoire and promises a dank jam session. 

Soulwax - Krack

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December 21: Weval

Origin: Netherlands
When and where: 7:30 PM, La Gaîté Lyrique, 3 bis Rue Papin, 75003

For that post-finals celebration head over to see Weval, an electro duo that debuted in 2013. Distinguished by their "own brand of crossover pop rapture," the promise of electronic funk to launch the holidays will keep you going strong through those last exams. 

Weval - Gimme Some (Official Audio)

December 22: Pandrezz

Origin: France
When and where: 7:30 PM, Le Batofar, 11 Quai François Mauriac, 75013

Before you head off for the holidays, round out the season with another young Parisian producer, Pandrezz, who gained fame by remixing sounds from anime and video games, more often than not under the influence of hip-hop or electro. He recently launched a YouTube channel to share his work and has also collaborated with Ichiban Japan in their documentary series of the nation, for whom he composes the soundtracks.