Le Concorde
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Le Concorde

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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"CMJ Magazine review of Suite - Dec 07"

Suite (Le Grand Magistery)

What do multi-instrumentalist
PhDs do with themselves if
they wind up divorced, disillusioned
and depressed about their jobs?
Stephen Becker first settled on
the French moniker Le Concorde, under which he recorded
2005’s Universe And Villa. Two years
later, Becker became friends with his
musical hero, producer David Gamson (Scritti Politti). Together they
crafted the six pretty, rosy-cheeked
indie pop songs that comprise the
Suite EP. Ditching the academe for
the recording studio never sounded
so guiltless. - Sharon Steel - CMJ Magazine

"Mother Jones review of Suite 2007"

Visions of teen flicks with happy endings dance in my head when I listen to Le Concorde's, Suite.

In fact, the music is perfectly suited for a soundtrack to a romantic comedy. I can just see the montage now, of a new, young, and blissful couple going on their first string of dates together, while Le Concorde's "Break You Like a Promise" is playing in the background. "Lullaby for Dollface" could easily have been featured in Zach Braff's uber sentimental Garden State soundtrack in place of that wispy Iron and Wine song, "Such Great Heights."

Le Concorde's music earned the band enough credibility to headline a 2005 CMJ (College Music Journal) showcase performance. Their website fills you in on lots of personal details (Honestly, it was more than I needed to know) about founding member Stephen Becker's journey (earning a PhD, getting a divorce) toward making "Suite." Becker describes the music as "a love—approaching obsession—with the finest details of the sonic sculpture." - Mother Jones

"Amplifier review of Suite 2007"

Considering Stephen Becker’s somewhat tumultuous history - in one year alone, he lost his job, his wife and his former band - his new EP, another entry under his signature guise Le Concorde, seems surprisingly giddy. Whereas his last disc, the revelatory Universe and Villa, bore the residue of his discontent (evident in song titles like “Archeology of Cruelty,” “I Will Go To My Grave Wanting You To Love Me,” and, most tellingly, “I Hate Rock And Roll”), this follow-up is considerably more celebratory. Becker and his seasoned collaborators - David Gamson of Scritti Politti and the Posies’ Ken Stringfellow chief among them - offer up a six-song set of spunky, synthesized dance pop that parallels similarly effusive outfits past and present like Lilac Time and Hot Hot Heat. A first listen gives the impression that these may be merely fleeting pleasures, but subsequent hearings reveal a true pop panache. Still, the song that resonates the most is its last track, “These Fragile Unions,” a sweet, dreamy epitaph that finds Becker reflecting on the fleeting nature of love and loss.

--Lee Zimmerman - Amplifier

"Press in Brief - short clips for easy reading"

“I've not been so infatuated with a band in years." Heaven or Las Vegas (UK)
"Here's your new favorite band. Get ready to hear your new favorite songs." - No Dessert for You
“How to turn personal turmoil into great art.” Time Out Chicago
“Ditching the academe for the recording studio never sounded so guiltless.” CMJ Magazine
"[Suite is] a contagious flurry of nearly nineteen minutes of gentility and sophistication.” Seattle Post Intelligencer
“A perfect measure of sincere, modern craft and late-'80s eloquence. Neumu
“As lovely and poignant as indie-pop can get.” Indie Spin Zone
"This is pop in the best sense of the word." The Onion
"A true pop panache. ...a dreamy epitaph reflecting on the nature of love and loss." - Amplifier
"A dreamy pin-up artist for the indie pop generation. Heart." - Advanced Copy
"Le Concorde: Ready for Zach Braff" - Mother Jones
"The bar has officially been raised.” – Glide Magazine
- Multiple


House (2010, forthcoming)

Suite (2007, Le Grand Magistery)

"She Loves the Way They Love Her" (2006) on A Very Magistery Valentine (Le Grand Magistery compilation)

Universe & Villa (2005, March Records)

Le Concorde EP (2004, Spade Kitty Records)



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