I'm suspicious of pretty much everyone whose favourite season isn't Autumn: against the very nature of my Sagittarius rising, I am and always will be very much an indoors activities type of person, which doesn't necessarily mean couch-potatoing all the time (even though that's an obvious first choice of mine whenever faced with the possibility of going out) but also loads of proper concerts popping up around the city after the dizzying, sometimes even unfulfillingly short festival slots.

Fall months also mean the return of release season, with bands playing their final cards before the EOTY lists. With festival season behind them, these are usually less rushed and more carefully thought-over, often resulting in pleasant debut surprises and much-anticipated follow-ups to a promising single that had dropped the previous spring. So buckle up because we've got plenty of exciting stuff (don't we always?) to go with your mustard-coloured jumper and your red-brown Doc Martens.


L'Épée release debut album Diabolique

A couple of months ago we shared the exciting new single from L'Épée, a new supergroup formed by Anton Newcombe, The Limiñanas, and Emmanuelle Seigner. Their much-awaited debut LP came out earlier this month just in time for their live premiere at Levitation France: Diabolique gathers ten hypnotising tracks that mix uncanny psych nostalgia with a pinch of 21st century drony jangling — an alchemical compound you'll soon be able to catch live on a stage near you, since they play London and Brighton in December as part of a EU/UK tour.

Il Est Vilaine drop new single 'Fini Beauté'

Paris-based techno-pop duo Il Est Vilaine are having quite the rentrée: not only their music was picked up by Hermès for their new campaign, but they've also released a brand new addictive single as side project Vilaine — their first offering since 2017's La Regla Del Juego EP. 'Fini Beauté' is a classy, slightly 80s-reminiscing tune whose effortless French vocals sound both intimate and distant. It's now available via Dialect Recordings b/w 'L'Amour en Technicolor', but if you're trying to grab it in vinyl I suggest you do so immediately: it's limited to 200 copies.

CHUCK The Handyman unveils debut track 'Lies'

Amiens-based Erwan Choquenet a.k.a. CHUCK The Handyman is no newcomer: after previous projects Dégage and Amour Formica, he has decided to venture solo and has unleashed a debut single called 'Lies' that echoes 80s post-punk coolness with a touch of new wave à la Fine Young Cannibals. And that's it for now: no details about a forthcoming release or even a second single — but do follow him on Facebook to stay up to date as a little bird has told us he might have further news to share pretty soon.

Frustration to release fourth album

Post-punkers Frustration will be gracing us with a new LP this fall: So Cold Streams is their fourth album, succeeding to 2016's Empires of Shame. Previewing the release is debut single 'Some Friends', a menacing, raw-sounding tune that evokes the likes of Warsaw-era Joy Division, The Fall, or Echo & the Bunnymen; as addictive and uncomfortable as frosty winter dawns, the track serves as the perfect soundtrack to the change of seasons and invites us to take a trip to our gloomier side. So Cold Streams is due out on October 18th via Born Bad Records.

French 79 shares new single 'Hometown'

If you're not familiar with French 79 yet, shame on you. After a successful debut LP Olympic back in 2016, Simon Henner is back with its follow-up, the highly anticipated Joshua which is due out in November via Alter K. 'Hometown' is the most recent taster from the forthcoming release, a laidback mix of warm groove synths in that oh-so-French way that keeps you coming back for more and more. The clip for the track was directed by Cauboyz and can be watched above.

In case you didn't know — which is virtually impossible since I mention it every edition — there's a fantastic, must-listen/subscribe Bonjour Motherfuckers playlist I regularly update with all the new stuff I talk about here. You can also check out season one here, and tune in to Portuguese radio RUC for the radio version of the column — I guarantee it's worth it even if you don't understand the language.