Avecs Sans also make the best guest list this side of 'Come Dine With Me'.
Avec Sans make glossy electro. Y'know, the kind that would have shimmied its way onto the Drive soundtrack had there been space for more nocturnal behind-the-wheel BGM. Comprised of Alice and Jack, they’ve already caught ears having turned Bon Iver’s “Perth” from Snorlax folk into some electronica reverie. Oh, and there’s also their own material, including “Heartbreak Hi” inspired by wilfully terrible 90s TV series Heartbreak High and “Hold On”, an effortlessly intriguing example of how synth-pop can still usher in waves of chandelier suave. Today’s treat comes in the shape of a short dark mix that the pair have put together before discussing dream dinner guests, phone backgrounds and giant hares.
Would you rather be a dragon or own one?
A: Be one. You can have a pet dragon, but it’s still going to cook you for lunch.
J: I would definitely rather own one! If our live show is lacking anything right now, it's pyrotechnics.
Best public transport memory?
A: The gentleman who used to get on the bus and put a giant hare on the luggage shelf on my route home back in Manchester or the time the magic bus drivers were all dressed as Wizards for a day.
J: I managed to blag a train journey from London to Lancaster without having to pay once. It took about an hour's worth of debating with the ticket inspector but the rest of the journey was deliciously free.
Background on your phone?
A: It’s me, holding a baby lamb.
J: I have a still from our music video for "Hold On". Every frame in the video wouldn't look out of place in an art exhibition. Our director Sing J. Lee has mad skills.
Do you fold or scrunch?
A: Ahhh, the question that should have never been asked. Possibly the most distasteful marketing campaign of the century thus far.
J: Who would scrunch?! I can only envisage messy hands for anyone who does that. Fold.
Best Christmas present you've ever bought somebody?
A: One year, around March time, an advert came up for those old school stamp/punch label maker things and my brother went “oh wow, I really want one of those”. I put this information in the vault until Christmas and informed my brother on numerous occasions that he was getting something he REALLY wanted. Anyway. I thought I was doing a good, turns out I don’t get sarcasm. HOWEVER he did have a great time writing obscene words and sticking them on everyone’s foreheads so he got some value out of it.
J: You know when you are very young and your parents buy presents for people on your behalf? Well when I was small we were living in Oman and my dad got my older brother "from me" a Camel Spider! This thing was the size of my entire face! And I'm pretty sure it would have eaten my entire face given the chance. Of course this was ridiculous and my mum was having none of it, so it was returned. I've never managed to top that one since.
Your top five dream dinner party guests?
J: I'm going to assume no dead people are allowed. John Hopkins, Dave Sitek, Sascha Ring, Dave Grohl and James Murphy. This dinner would be the starting point of the best album ever made.
A: I’d quite happily attend Jack’s, but otherwise I’d have a cultural mix: Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner and Peter Andre.
J: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
A: When I was a kid my mum thought I was a bit special and had me checked out because I’d sit tearing tissues all the time whilst making a creepy noise. I still can’t help but shred, peel, destroy and generally mess with stuff, all the time.
J: Gambling probably. I bet our management the cost of the next music video that Murray would lose Wimbledon despite knowing sweet f*ck all about tennis. I hope they take pity on me.
1. Baths - Miasma Sky
2. Destiny's Child - Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)
3. Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
4. Trentmoller - Take Me Into Your Skin
5. Crystal Castels - Untrust Us
6. SBTRKT - Pharaohs
7. Gold Panda - Snow & Taxis
8. Moderat - Rusty Nails
9. Hyetal - Phoenix
10. Girl Unit - Wut