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February 11, 2017
Lilystars Records is pleased to present the new EP South Pacific from Belgian-based electro-pop trio Lomboy, now available in digital stores in the Philippines. Named for the Philippine fruit, the trio came together in Brussels in 2014, united by a mutual love of 1960’s, 70’s and 80‘s European and American-inspired Asian movie soundtracks. Dreamy and languid, Lomboy’s songs are little audio oeuvres d’art: paintings for the ears, but translating hopes, dreams, and emotions on a deeper level.
Lomboy first released the single “In the Chamber of Vanu” with Lilystars Records in September of 2014, and returns in 2017 with a five-song EP, “South Pacific,” also available on Cracki Records in France and Botanical House in Japan. The new collection calls to mind a 60’s film soundtrack with lush organs, tribal rhythms, surf and slide guitars. Inspired by old records from Asia, the soundtracks of Martin Denny and Italian and French cinema music of the same era, Lomboy’s music is a more intimate version of these, inviting the listener to daydream of faraway adventures and places in the wild.
Watch the promotional music video to the title track and single “South Pacific”
The EP’s first track “South Pacific,” calls to mind 60’s surfer pop and romantic movie soundtracks (but with a touch of space-age electronica) sending you back to a simpler time of sun and sand and relaxing waves of sound. “Dreams are all the Game” recalls an era of high school prom slow-dances complete with beehive hairdos and butt-bows. Serious theme with anthem-like keyboards setting the pace. Saxophone takes over. A bit of robotic electronic keyboard effects waver in and out to keep things modern. “Hello Hello” is purely psychedelic sixties meets science fiction. Finally “In the Chamber of Vanu” rounds out the collection with its love-scene movie soundtrack feel.
Lomboy is for listeners into European music inspired by Asian music that has been inspired by American music from the 60’s.
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September 3, 2014
The Philippines is about to experience a 60’s film soundtrack revival: Lomboy is coming to town. The European dream pop band named for the Philippine fruit tree (an idea of Viennese-born singer Tanja Frinta’s half-Filipino cousin) is Frinta’s own dream project and an opportunity for her to write her own music her way. Her way being heavily influenced by music from the 60’s: “I especially like film soundtracks like the Jungle Book or Les Baxter, also James Bond soundtracks, Henri Mancini, Nino Nardini, Xavier Cugat, Ennio Morricone etc. I suppose my new songs share a bit of this atmosphere mixed with my personal lyrics.”
Lomboy is Frinta’s break-away project from her other band, Lonely Drifter Karen. While the music of both are very similar, Frinta gets the last word. Clément Marion, Frinta’s guitarist on Lomboy, and who will be touring with her, introduced her to some Asian pop music from the 60s including – most noticeably, The Stylers from Singapore, and Shadow Music from Thailand. “What they have in common,” says Frinta, “are those lush guitar lines, dreamy organs, and exotic beats.
“I also like French singer songwriters from the 60’s like Françoise Hardy or Marie Laforet. Contemporary bands that might have been influential are Beach House and Blonde Redhead ( but they do sound pretty retro too, so I guess I do have a liking for old-fashioned stuff in general!). Even though I attempt not making a copy of something, for me it’s like taking an old fabric and making a new dress out of it.”
As a literal example of recycling and reusing old for new, Frinta uses drum samples in her new Lomboy songs taken from old records, “Maybe out of lack of playing with a drummer,” she explains. “by doing that I got really fond of the sound and it became part of Lomboy. I wouldn’t achieve this drum sound playing with a real drummer or digital drums.”
In the past, Frinta played in an all-girl band called Holly May, and has collaborated with American singer-songwriter Emily Jane White and French pop-star Olivia Ruiz. Clément Marion also has his own solo project Joie Joie Joie and performs with Belgium bands Castus, and Le Colisée. Frinta greatly admires French band AIR whose albums she thinks are extremely well produced: “Lots of times there are only a few instruments, but the way they sound and are put in the mix, is really perfect.”
Dream collaboration? “ Ennio Morricone has some great orchestral arrangements, I wouldn’t mind to be his student.”
In the past, Frinta and her bands have toured many countries in Europe including France, Belgium, Holland, UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Eastern Europe and more. Lomboy is now touring in Asia with hopes of visiting the Philippines soon.
Still not sure what to make of Lomboy? Frinta advises: “If you’re into European music inspired by Asian music that has been inspired by American music from the 60’s, Lomboy might be for you!”