Reveal new music video for ‘Broken’
Debut EP ‘21st Century’ due June 23rd via Bleepmachine
Parisian pop duo 99 Trees reveal a psychedelic new music video for ‘Broken’, the infectious first track to be revealed from their forthcoming debut EP “21st Century”, due for release this June 23rd via Bleepmachine.
The video for ‘Broken’ arrives in a literal illustration of its title. “It’s inspired by the last kiss before a relationship breaks. Shooting our side profiles made the director (Benoît Musereau) think of the mountain on the cover artwork of our EP”, vocalist Pia Blixen reveals. “He had this idea of making the mountain sing, and used our profiles as masks with profuse jungle inlay. This mix and superposition of forms and counter-forms creates a wonderfully psychedelic vibe. Oddly, I wrote this song after watching ‘70s cult movie ‘Sweet Sweetback’ by Melvin Van Peebles” producer Axel Concato adds.
Comprised of Axel Concato, multi-instrumentalist and producer of Pi Ja Ma, The Narcoleptic Dancers and My Bee’s Garden, and the ethereal vocal flamboyances of Copenhagen-born singer Pia Blixen, 99 Trees’ debut is a collection of infectious tracks about love, friendship, bitter-sweet ballads and stories of painful breakups. An honest snapshot of life as Blixen knows it.
Born in a waterfront house made of recycled material in Copenhagen’s bastion of counter-culture, Freetown Christiana, to parents who pioneered that self-governed community, Pia grew up surrounded by literature and the sounds of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Marianne Faithfull, Patti Smith and David Bowie. It’s in this cosy environment where everyone sang after meals that she acquired her taste for great stories, foreign languages and vocal harmonies.
While visiting Copenhagen from France in 2011, Blixen formed an alliance with Axel Concato after watching his band, Axel and the Farmers, perform at the Vega. When back in Paris, they soon started work on their first track together, recording a cover of The Shirelles’ “Bright Shiny Colours”. It was only last year however that they decided to start a band – when she was little, Pia’s father would say their Danish garden had ninety-nine trees – the memory stuck.
“21st Century” was mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer in NYC (Temples, Weezer, YAK) and mastered by Chab in Paris. Pre-order the EP here – https://IDOL.lnk.to/21stCentury.
21st Century EP track listing:
1. 21st Century
3. It’s Only Love
4. Solid Friend