Editor’s note: I have to be on a plane in about 7 hours, so I’m going to rely on Terrorbird Media’s description of Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family:
It seems like we’re all waiting for a story these days, some dream to escape to. A tale told by the fireplace with its heroes and villains, a That’s-all-Folks kind of ending and a piano playing I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas with the whole family around it. Tahiti Boy dreamt that dream and turned it into Good Children Go To Heaven. Here’s how the story goes.
After spending a few years in New York City and working with some of NYC’s best underground acts (Mike Ladd, Antipop Consortium, TV on the Radio…), Tahiti Boy aka David Sztanke came back to France with a head full of new music and beautiful melodies. Setting up in Paris, he started to gather musicians from some of the coolest indie bands around (Jamaica and Syd matters to name but a few) and in no time found himself heading the best backing band in town. They called
themselves the Palmtree family. On top of the traditionnal pop combo, they’ve added percussions, a cello, and Tahiti Boy’s keyboards, central elements of their signature groovy psychedelic pop sound inspired by Sly Stone, the Beatles and the Supremes .
Their debut album was released locally to critical acclaim last year and find them swimming in the same musical seas as The Flaming Lips, Of Montreal with an added obvious Michel Legrand and Serge Gainsbourg inspired french touch. Tahiti Boy shoots the whole scene and each song is like a pop gem.
“1973” is everyone’s favorite, a great pastoral and psychedelic tune with a great video. “Brooklyn” features a perfect summer pop melody as Tahiti Boy sings about his years spent in NYC, between his classes at the Juilliard School and his job in a music shop. Last but not least, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) joins the family on “That Song”, a more introspective and minimalistic affair. This US Edition comes packed with 4 exclusive songs, including Para One’s brilliant remix of “1973” an eerie feeling in total harmony with the family’s spirit.
At this point, you would call the whole thing a divine blessing. Good children go to heaven. And according to Tahiti Boy, we’re all good children.
“Palmbelt”, a rockumentary