Always wondered how Joy Division would sound if they were fronted by a fragile French fille? Here’s your chance. Brest, from the new Poney Express album, sounds like they ripped the rhythmtrack from JD’s Atmosphere and then added PE-singer Ana’s vocals (well, sighs) over it. It’s like heavy petting against the Berlin Wall. Like watching Brix Smith put on black stockings and clipping them to her garter belt. Like Susan and Joanne from Human League having a… let’s not carried away here. If you liked the countryfied nouvelle chansons of Poney Express, like this great single, there is a danger of being disappointed by their new take. Martin Rushent produced the album, and you can certainly hear his mark. I’m all for it.

Poney Express – Brest

Written by guuzbourg

French girls, singing. No, sighing. Making me sigh. Ah.

This article has 3 comments

  1. Dom

    I second Sami’s comment. It makes Zola Jesus’s attempt at Joy Division’s Atmosphere sound more like Vienna by Ultravox: Poney Express has fragility where Zola Jesus has bombast.

    thanks for the introduction

  2. Sami

    Who needs Zola Jesus or School Of Seven Bells when you’ve got Poney Express ?
    Amazing track.

  3. SteveinSoCal

    So I was intrigued by the thought of Joy Division fronted by a chanteuse… Actually, that’s a pretty good description for the track <>. Anyway, undertook what I thought would be a forlorn hunt on Amazon only to discover that the new album <> was available for only $5.99 (so there are advantages to living here!). Having listened a couple of times, I’d say that Poney Express strike me as a hybrid mix of 4AD’s Dead Can’t Dance meets This Mortal Coil mashed with Editors and a huge twist of Gallic je ne sais quoi – and are all the better for it!