Las Aves offer well-informed relationship advice on surrealistic ‘You Need A Dog’

Following their debut LP, the Parisian pop entity return with satirical new slice “You Need A Dog” – a commentary on the modern break-up cure.


The trio’s acclaimed first album “Die In Shanghai” and was produced by Dan Levy of the Franco-Finnish duo The Dø, made a brash and lasting mark on the somewhat well-behaved and isolated pop scene. The outfit’s hybrid of happy-hardcore and pop was illustrated through a series of clips following groups of girls across the globe, including the memorable hit ‘N.E.M’, which followed the lifestyle of a group of Peckham-ites.

Since their debut, ‘the white birds’ have migrated all over Europe, playing stages at The Great EscapeLiverpool Sound CitySziget FestivalEurockéennes, and Vielles Charrues, as well as in China – true to their entrance-LP’s namesake – where they’ve showcased gung-ho guitars, electronic cavalcades and futuristic R&B, in their live sets.

Then, for the last year, Las Aves have immersed themselves in deep hibernation, in the crevices of a Parisian studio. Now, they return, emanating from glittery-pink waters, littered with silvery screws and weightless steel fragments, to take on – quite radically, like three cast-iron cupids – the theme of love.

Produced by the free electron of techno-hardcore Lucien Krampf (Casual Gabberz,Oklou) and mixed by notable Brit Geoff Swan (Charli XCXGrimes), “You Need A Dog” surprised with its unabashed originality, revealing rave spectres from the noughties, while invoking the cosmetic pop lamentations of the great American divas.

Las Aves detail the new single; “’You Need A Dog’ deals with this chasm-like feeling of desperation we’ve all experienced, and toys with the gravity of love in the way a child might play with a gun.”

“We like the idea of hiding humour within drama… making pink lollipops laced with mercury.”

Staged by Jules Cassignol and shot on 35mm film, the clip depicts the desperate honeymoon of a teenage girl and her dog in the suburbs of Paris. The video, a kind of teen movie made in France, enhances and thwarts the frenzy of feelings of love, at times evoking the eccentric films of Gregg Araki or the fragranced romanticism of Sofia Coppola.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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