Elin Grimstad: vocal, guitar, recorder
Anthony Barratt: guitar, keyboard, vocal
Matt Bagguley: guitar, omnichord, glockenspiel
Merete Hald: bass, vocal
Pål Anders Barth Larsen: drums
Je suis animal from Oslo, Norway, mix 80s indie with a generous dose of 60s psychedelia, a spoonful of playful melodies and a pinch of girly harmonies. The result is magical, striking and uncannily beautiful, occasionally recalling the effortless jangle of The Shop Assistants, the sonic sprawl of My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab’s astral meanderings and Nico’s otherworldliness. Their début album Self-Taught Magic From a Book is full of melodic, dreamy tales of murder mysteries, magic, and primitive art, as well as exploring themes like sex, spying and the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.
Conceived at art school in the UK, Je Suis Animal settled in Oslo in 2004 and began shaping a sound — melodic, catchy and dreamy. Self-Taught Magic From a Book was released in February 2008 on the much-loved Oslo indie label Perfect Pop Records and quickly found an Australian home on Lost And Lonesome. The album has already received fantastic reviews from the press in Norway and the band were featured in UK music magazine Plan B in March '08.
"The Mystery of Marie Roget", the first single from the album, has an accompanying video made by director Amund Hesbøl. Set in the late 1920s, the video takes inspiration from Buñuel and Dalí’s surrealist classic Un Chien Andalou. The video can be viewed online at www.jesuisanimal.com/video.
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