After their debut single ‘Counting Down The Suns’, the London / Berlin indie-pop duo Ex en Provence is back with a new song. This time they strike a different note and, inspired by the 60’s, made a love letter for a different era, accompanied by a charming video by Indian director Tanmay Chowdhary.
Ex en Provence is a collaboration between Londoner Samuel Deschamps and Berlin based Jan Blumentrath. Both met whilst on tour with their former bands and started writing music together in a makeshift studio, a former Jewish gym under a snooker hall in Stoke Newington that they packed full of synthesisers.
The duo say: “This a love letter to the counter-culture hits of the Sixties, the lyrics make a collage of celebrated titles from the summer of love era, sending a universal message of freedom, love and righteousness as the world approaches a new age of change and new minds and doors are shifted and opened. ‘Mrs. Tambourine Girl’ could be read as a poem, blurring the rigid lines of gender, society, and pop culture. It could also just be a game, a rolling of dice from two songwriting minds in different parts of the world painting words and messages on a new sonic canvas.”
Enjoy the video for ‘Mrs Tambourine Girl’ above
About the video, they add: “ We had the great honour of working with these three rising stars and Indian director Tanmay Chowdhary. We reached out to our friend, a film student we met in Los Angeles who was now directing and living back home in India. He loved the song instantly and we excitedly began dreaming up concepts together. Connecting and discussing with him and his team over Zoom, it felt like we were there, once again jumping digitally through the world putting creative energies together. He shot in a tiny village near Kolkata in India three school girls breaking free and finding joy in starting a rock band. Inspired by the idea of the jumbled song titles as an ode to the late 1960’s that were calling for a rearrangement of civil norms and re definition of freedom, the music video for Mrs. Tambourine Girl focuses on 3 Indian girls who decide to break the routine of their rigid school life, doing everything that they are not allowed to do.”
Additional note from Ex en Provence:
We are both deeply disturbed by the rapid acceleration of the Covid crisis in India and want to raise awareness and ask you to help donate to their local Suchana community society: suchana-community.org/donate