Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Lilly Wood & The Prick: Prayer In C

I would never have bet on Lilly Wood & The Prick getting much of a profile in the anglophone world, other than appearing in 'worst named acts' lists, but it looks like their track Prayer In C might actually give them a hit among the English speaking music buyers.

The song's been remixed by Robin Schulz, and other then a passing glimpse in the video, there's no mention of the '& the prick' part of their name lest it offend the sensitivities of the anglophone audience.

It's already been a hit across Europe, and number one in France. Quite a big success for a French electro-folk duo, even one that performs in English.

Of course, that's never any guarantee of success in the UK where 'big in Europe' tends to be understood as 'not as good as anything we produce here.' The usual suspicion of anything outside the narrow anglophone world.

 Lilly Wood & The Prick are a duo of vocalist Nili Hadida and guitarist Benjamin Cotto, and they released their debut album Invincible Friends in 2010.  This got them a Victoires de la Musique award for the best Breakthough Act.

They followed this with the album The Fight in 2012.

Prayer In C originally features on Invincible Friends, and while it was slower and more reflective than the new hit version, it is recognisably the same song.

Interesting to see how a light remixing can take a song to a whole new level of international success.

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