In the instant major record labels started to tear their hair out, two cool guys decided to set up their own. Crazy, fearless, irresponsable? No, just passionate, completing, animated by the same vision, ethics and ambitions.
Pascal Mayer & Marc Collin met nearly 20 years ago, in the area of Versailles. Pascal is a New Order fan, who initially started to collect their music of all their concerts in tape format. Marc was the thinking head of 'Spleen Ideal', an Electronic morning version of New Wave with various incarnations. Realising the potential of the local west barrio movement in which they moved in, together they create a label 'New horizon' – named after a song by the unknown 'Section 25' – and released a casette compilation, a beautiful artisan object that didn't take long in becoming a cult item.
Then their roads went different ways.
They meet up years later, Pascal tired of the actual music industry, after having worked for various labels, and Marc had multiplied his projects (Indurain, Ollano, Les Pétroleuses, Suburbia…) and was in the middle of his latest that sparked worldwide interest in him Nouvelle Vague. Once again they wanted to show the wealth of the forever changing music scene around them. This time they decide to build an international project, playing and using todays' media. As a name they choose 'The Perfect Kiss' one of the corner stones of New Order's discography – for which the video is a piece of Art created by Jonathan Demme and lite by Henri Alekan.
This says a lot about our two fellas, as their choices might belong to the passed – Factory Records and Les Disques Du Crepuscule, as a record represents a lot more than just the music recorded onto it, it is a work of art in its totality that we wish to own -, all beit that the duo are well grounded in the present with ears turned towards the futur.
Obviously 'The Perfect Kiss' is designed to host Marc's diverse projects, composer and producer always unsatisfied, ready to materialise his new ideas: from his solo album 'Two For The Road' to 'Renaissance' project – covers of popular 80's film themes with diverse luxurious singers -. Pascal and Marc have also tracked down artists that like Marc refuse to be labelled, via the internet or by hasardous encounters, the two friends have discovered Olga Kouklaki, whose electro-organic songs remind you of the dear atmospheres of Beth Gibbons; the French DoxoRphan, three guys from IRCAM whose dark and oppressing rock express the most beautiful tracks such as the Cure or Radiohead's experimentations. And not forgetting the Nouvelle Vague singers that have a lot more to show in their own style. Starting with, three guys from IRCAM whose dark and oppressing rock express the most beautiful tracks such as the Cure or Radiohead's experimentations. And not forgetting the Nouvelle Vague singers that have a lot more to show in their own style. Starting with Marina Celeste already author of 2 albums released in Japan – one of solo material, the other of 60's French Film cover songs – whose fragile tone of voice accompanies with wonder a captivating acoustic onorism; and Phoebe Killdeer who switches with concerning facility from a jazzy atmosphere to a dark cabaret ambiance.
These artists are only but the beginning of the adventure.
'The perfect kiss is the kiss of death' sung Bernard Sumner 1985 but today 'The Perfect Kiss' is a healthy, very much alive and captivating future.