“Decomposing In Paris are a quirky little experimental trio. Few bands that hail from Northern Ireland are as distinctive and interestingly stunning. For such a new band on the scene they send shivers as to what they could become with the release of their debut EP expected early this year. Decomposing in Paris’s music is as poetic as their name, songs like ‘Naked’ show already likenesses with Port…ishead and even in some respects the vocals of Becca Hopkins could be matched with, the haunting dramatics of Sharon den Adel on Within Temptations’ softer tracks. A favourite track of mine is ‘Ambition’ with its beautiful unique and melodic vibe complimented by delicate musical lines.” – Dorothy Lawrence
Once upon a time in a room closer than one might think, experimental vocalist Becca Hopkins and songwriter/programmer/multi-instrumentalist Garvin Clements, engaged the help of percussionist/keyboardist Aoife Lynch to form their unique trip-hop/anti-folk trio, Decomposing in Paris. Bonded by their love of song-writing and instrumental experimentation, the style and direction of their music is driv…en by each individual song- accumulating in an eclectic and diverse electronic soundscape.
Their distinct sonority can be partially attributed to the trio’s collaboration of influences, including musicians such as Portishead, Björk, Kate Bush, Regina Spektor and Bat for Lashes. However, more importantly, the exclusive sound associated with Decomposing in Paris results from strong melodic hooks complimented by evolving musical lines, quality beats and programmed samples, all of which undergo experimentation and manipulation via effects pedals.
The “interesting” sounds of Decomposing in Paris are not a camouflage for a lack of strong material. Every encounter with their music reveals a new gem and they never cease to surprise and engage the listener. And not to mention they all play glockenspiel!
The weight of their appeal has not gone unnoticed, as in February 2011, on the strength of a simple demo they were selected among many more experienced acts, to give their first public performance at New Blood, in the Limelight Complex. An event designed to showcase the cream of Northern Ireland’s new talent.
Also, on the week of the 10th of April their promotional track “Personal Ad” topped the NI Download Chart in it’s first week of entry.
Rory McConnell of BBC Radio 1 gave them their first airplay in July of 2011, and two weeks later they were invited to perform live & “In Session”. Here are a few of the quotes they got from Rory: “Amazing tunes”….”Absolutely stunning session tracks”… “Also the fastest session we’ve ever recorded, they just did them, no mistakes”.
Decomposing In Paris are currently working hard on releasing their first EP & producing their first music video.