Bot’Ox is a duo formed in 2005 by Frenchmen Julien Briffaz and Cosmo Vitelli. After a road trip to Babylon («Babylon by Car», their first album released in 2010), they come back to haunt dark clubs with a second album, «Sans Dormir», to be released November 6, 2013 on I’m the Cliché .
The album consists of ten tracks, mostly sung, some of which have already been released in the form of singles and remixes with videos during the year.
For the second album, the battered Cadillac comes to a stop in the parking lot of a deserted nightclub as suggested by the visuals presented with the project, abandoned French clubs as photographed by Phillipe Lebruman.
In the same way as cars, far from being a futuristic symbol of progress and speed, can give a foretaste of the junkyard, the night club, a symbol of youth and vitality, contains in its promise of sleepless nights the inevitable ensuing fatigue.
This decor is the ambiguous setting for songs that speak of love as any pop album does.
In «Sans Dormir» however, insomnia is a solitary adventure. Opening with a spectral visit from downstairs – «Basement Love» – the album continues with «Grands Boulevards» an instinctive nocturnal trip where rockabilly guitars rub elbows with moogs while giving an account of obsessions, recurring dreams and waking nightmares. «2.4.1» speaks of disillusionment in love while leaning towards soft rock.
«Another Form of Fatigue» tries to tame the migraine with a dubby feel. «Back from the Suburbs» is a twisted electro-rock ballad.
«Goodbye Fantasy» is an anti-declaration of love with pro-British pop accents.
«The Face of Another» is a kind of dissatisfied, sexually wandering discopop while «Night Stuntman» is a psychedelic credit roll for a movie with no happy ending.
The sweet «Unfinished Business» makes an attempt at reconciliation, before the synthesizers all emerge for the title track «Sans Dormir.»
In the cold but heartfelt voices of the artists we see a meeting of male and female intimacy, which sometimes replies to each other («Unfinished Business»).
These voices include Mark Kerr, Anna Jean and Judy Nylon (of the legendary punk band Snatch), already present on the first album. They are joined here by Samy Osta and Foremost Poets, the iconic trans-Atlantic voice of underground house / techno.
The «deluxe» version of the album adds to these ten titles a series of tracks that were unreleased or previously only available in digital format and you can listen here: