Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Franz Ferdinand at the Hôtel de Crillon

With the release this week of the new Franz Ferdinand album , I thought I'd drop a mention to a great video that emerged by the Glasgow indie rock band.

The band released their fourth collection, Right thoughts, Right Words, Right Action at the beginning of the week, and needless to say they continue the European aesthetic that they've cultivated since the beginning of their career.

Franz Ferdinand are no strangers to this blog, I've featured them a couple of times before, and their involvement with all things francophone shows no sign of abating. They've performed with Jane Birkin on a Serge Gainsbourg number, and just the last weekend played at the Rock en Seine festival outside Paris.

The track Love Illumination emerged in June, the official video the following month, but an interesting video of a performance behind closed doors at a Paris landmark certainly makes interesting viewing.

The video came about as part of a project by the website.

The idea with the series is to take an act with a reputation as a live act, and put them on in a unique location in Paris.

So far the series has featured  Foals at la Bibliothèque de l’Hôtel de Ville., Franz Ferdinand, and Suuns on the stairs of the Grand Palais, in a series of films sponsored by Converse.

The Franz Ferdinand video was shot at l' Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. The hotel, which opened in 1909 in a building that dates from the 18th century at the foot of the Champs Elyseés.

It is currently closed for renovation, and is expected to reopen in 2015.

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