Photo: Paul Rousteau
There is something universal and utterly infectious about The Blaze’s music. Comprised of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, both music producers and film directors, the French duo craft electronic music that extends past its synthetic components. It’s electronic music that bleeds with a sense of humanity.
The Blaze’s latest single “She,” an anthemic beauty that builds with a subtle intensity, bringing with it many a welcomed surprise, sonic and otherwise. Beyond being a track that feels like its signaling a pivotal change in the world of electronic music, it also serves as the announcement for The Blaze’s debut album and first North American headlining tour, Dancehall. Set to be released September 7 via RCA Records, the long-awaited debut comes following a run of standout festival performances at Primavera Sound, Coachella, Parklife, and Pitchfork Paris. Not to be confused with the dancehall genre of Jamaican origins, Dancehall is a celebration of the dance hall scene itself that arose in the 1940s as a communal space for people to live, love, and dance.
“She” makes it painfully clear why The Blaze is more than deserving of being the connective tissue of the dance halls of then and now. There is a palpable shift in the air that it comes with their music. Every key press is beautiful and delicate, a feeling that is only heightened by their longing vocals that cry out into the eternal. A slow-burning work of art, “She” is impossible not to lose yourself in. It envelops you in such a way that you cannot help but want to give yourself over to it. The Blaze is poised to take over dance halls, clubs, festivals, and the hearts of those who love to dance around the world.
Listen to “She” below and keep an eye out for Dancehall due out September 7:
Catch The Blaze on tour this fall: