Erotic Market is a French duo formed in May 2012 by Marine Pellegrini and Lucas Garnier. Both musicians for more than 10 years,they perfected their skills in contemporary jazz bands and a first joint venture, N’Relax, which lasted for three years (with two studio albums and many tours under their belts). This hard core of Pellegrini and Garnier is surrounded, both in studio and on stage, by two others skilled musicians, making for an astonishing formation with drums, bass, keys, voices and electronic manipulations. The band claim to be influenced by many musical genres, and the group’s founders have eclectic listening tastes: soulful hip-hop for Marine and noise rock for Lucas. Their music swings between the groovy rhythms of black music, the raw energy of rock and saturated but uncluttered low-fi features inspired by noise music and synth pop - but it’s impossible to place them that simply in a musical genre, and they have inspired comparisons in the press with mold-breaking artists like The Knife, Erykah Badu, M.I.A and Grimes.
Grasping Erotic Market music is like that strange, penetrating dream of unknown music which is, each time, neither quite the same one nor a different one. It’s like saying again that beauty is always strange and is the magnificent essence of genuineness. It’s the odd, elusive feeling of remembering those tunes without knowing them at all, recognizing the vigorous rock garage music, the bright triturations of electro, the groove of hiphop...
A magic mix free from taboos and stereotypes, where the carnal essence of a voice competes with the rough attitudes of drums and keyboards and where sweetness collides with a terrifying bass. In here, no borrowing from anything or anyone. The great strength of Erotic Market lies with fostering a true, free, exuberant personality of its own.