DetectiveRemember Détective? The band of former Guided By Voices-member James Greer and the sulty Guylaine Vivarat? Well, they’re a trio now (Hi Chris!), and they changed their name to DTCV. Because this name is easier to find, and the internet isn’t kind to French accent marks. DTCV include flute solo’s, free jazz saxophone work outs and write songs that pass the eleven minute mark, but they also master the art of writing slow seductive French ballads for watching raindrops on windows. As you can hear in Contre Jour, taken from their new album.

DTCV – Contre Jour


Détective is James Greer (from Guided By Voices), plus the super-sultry sounding Guylaine Vivarat, who plays in an LA band called Useless Keys and used to play in another one called Tennis System, and Rory Modica, who also plays in Useless Keys with Guylaine. They released an EP in February (here), but Dommage! is not on that. It’s a brand new song, the first one in French, but James emailed me that more is coming up (in May). This is an exclusive track for Filles Sourires! I hear a bit of Barbara Carlotti in it, a little Stereolab, some Peppermoon-ish touches, and Guylaine’s blessed with that happy-to-be-sad-tone in her voice that heroines like Hardy have too. Good start!

Détective – Dommage!