Nouvelle Vague

Call it kitsch if you must, but the French ensemble Nouvelle Vague has found an affable niche reimagining rebellious punk, postpunk, and New Wave anthems as breezy bossa nova. Following two albums of well-chosen covers and a surprisingly diverse DJ mix, last summer's 3 revealed a new trick. Members of some of the original bands duet with Nouvelle Vague's coquettish singers, including Magazine's Barry Adamson, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, and Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch. The Specials' Terry Hall is even recruited for the Go-Go's hit “Our Lips Are Sealed,” which he co-wrote. Good taste is doubly rewarded, it seems.

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