The 50th anniversary of Mai ’68 is just around the corner, and if you’ve been paying any attention to the news — even though the international media has been quite silent about it — you know that ça devient chaud ici: between the SNCF (train drivers) strike and universities partially blocked/occupied by students protesting against a new law that intends to regulate the access to higher education and which they claim will only reinforce class inequalities, there’s an omnipresent buzz permeating social interactions here in Paris (and I imagine in many other cities) as unsettling as constant white noise and as exciting as an unexpected morning glory.

As you probably know - if you’re in the habit of checking out other editions of Bonjour Motherfuckers (shame on you if you aren’t!) - the column’s introduction is usually pretty random and has little to nothing to do with the music featured, so don’t expect any protest or otherwise heavily-politicised tunes; after all, revolution should be permanent and a crucial part of our everyday lives, with no conquest taken for granted. You should take a moment to meditate on people’s power and social struggles though — leave the soundtrack up to us.

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The Missing Season release new album Frequency

I guess we can consider Rennes-based The Missing Season to be a supergroup of sorts: featuring members from Sudden Death of Stars, Totorro, Baston et Bantam Lyons - the quintet is releasing their sixth studio album Frequency on April 27th via Howlin’ Banana and Les Disques Normal, which makes for an excellent pretext to discover not only the new record but also their back-catalogue. Navigating between '70s classic folk rock and '90s laidback indie, Frequency awakens the kind of memories you’re not sure are your own or part of the collective unconscious. Listen for yourself.

Pan European Recording release third volume of their Voyage compilations

It’s already been seven years since Voyage II, but Paris-based Pan European Recording is finally back with another instalment of its famous “cosmic compilations”: Voyage III - Beyond Darkness is a 16-track heterogenic adventure throughout the label’s artists with no genre prejudice whatsoever. Featuring the likes of Buvette, Fantomes, Calypsodelia, Koudlam, and Vincent Taeger, Voyage III serves as a valuable and wholesome taster of new exciting sounds and sets the tone for a deeper exploration of each and every act. The LP is available via the label’s bandcamp on digital, LP, and CD formats.

You Said Strange share video for ‘Cold Crusader’, announce new LP

Another much anticipated comeback arrives in the form of You Said Strange - a psych/showgaze quartet whose video for new single ‘Cold Crusader’ serves as a teaser for a proper upcoming full-length titled Salvation Prayer, due out on June 8th via Fuzz Club. Featuring a more-or-less straight-forward illustration of its title, the clip for ‘Cold Crusader’ juxtaposes a soldier’s loneliness with his own inner demons, while the slight image kinks allied to the theme make one think of Wheatley’s A Field In England. Shout-out to my friend and fellow journalist Nicolas Jarzynski for the heads-up; I owe you a beer.

Cockpit announce new album, unveil first single ‘Queen’

The Bordeaux-based neo-grunge quartet is back with their sophomore full-length, a collection of 12 tracks simply titled Cockpit II that is due out on May 11th via Teenage Menopause Records. The album’s first taster ‘Queen’ is an addictive stoner-garage tune showcasing expertise and engagement — something duly exacerbated by its flawless production, courtesy of J.C. Satàn’s members Arthur and Dorian. Oh, and the cover is also a real treat: artist Silio Durt used tiny plastic beads melted with an iron just like the ones we used to play with when we were young and innocent and careless and free. You can stream ‘Queen’ now and pre-order Cockpit II via Teenage Menopause’s bandcamp.

Gonzaï Records release Bernard Estardy compilation

Even though the name might not sound familiar on first mention, Bernard Estardy, aka Le Baron, was a behind-the-scenes genius producer whose impressive portfolio includes collaborations with the likes of Johnny Hallyday, Michel Sardou, Claude François, Dalida, Joe Dassin, and Nino Ferrer — to name but a few. But Estardy also recorded a couple of solo albums himself (La Formule du Baron is one of those much-sought after vinyl rarities), and it’s exactly his composer/musician side that sets the tone for Fragments d’une Empreinte Magnétique, a collection of unreleased and rare tracks compiled and released by music magazine Gonzaï. The much deserved hommage to the late producer and his amazing musical versatility coincides with the publishing of Le Géant, a biography of Estardy written by his daughter Julie. The LP is out on April 27th, and you can order it via Gonzaï Records’ Bandcamp.

It's been brought to my attention that I should create a Spotify playlist compiling all the incredible stuff I talk about here at Bonjour Motherfuckers. It has been done and will be updated regularly with material from the artists and releases featured on each number. Check it out below.