(born on 1983)
Stepping out from behind the camera, music video director Yoann Lemoine embarked on a recording career of his own under the alias Woodkid beginning in 2011. His theatrical, baroque, melancholy songs first appeared on the Iron EP. A Grammy nomination for Best Music Video followed in 2013 for the previous year's "Run Boy Run," and his debut album, 2014's The Golden Age, charted internationally, including reaching as high as number two in Lemoine's native France. A "Woodkid Sad Remix" of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" appeared in 2014, and his second EP, 2019's Woodkid for Nicolas Ghesquière: Louis Vuitton Works One, featured collaborations with actress Jennifer Connelly and soul singer Moses Sumney. Born in Lyon in 1983, Lemoine studied illustration and animation at the Emile Cohl School before landing jobs on Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. In between shooting promos for the likes of Katy Perry ("Teenage Dream"), Taylor Swift ("Back to December"), and Lana Del Rey ("Born to Die," "Blue Jeans"), he recorded Woodkid's debut EP. The Iron EP was released by Green United Music in March 2011, and the title track appeared in several movie trailers as well as an episode of the TV series Teen Wolf. His self-directed video for 2012's "Run Boy Run," a song that charted just outside the Top 40 in the U.K., won Lemoine an MVPA Award for Best Director of the Year and a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video. He also charted in Europe with a set of "Run Boy Run" remixes, which included a version by French producer SebastiAn. Woodkid's debut album, The Golden Age, arrived in March 2013. It received largely enthusiastic reviews, and fared well commercially, rising to number two on the French album charts and going Top Ten in Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. He went on tour to support the album, including a groundbreaking performance at London's Brixton Academy alongside the BBC Orchestra. 2014 started off well for Woodkid, with an invitation to perform and partake in a discussion about the New York minimalist movement with Philip Glass at the Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Étienne. He issued his own remix of Pharrell's "Happy" -- "Happy (Woodkid Sad Remix)" -- won the award for Best Stage Performer at the Les Victoires de la Musique, and performed at Coachella and the Montreal International Jazz Festival, all before July of that year. Woodkid received another Grammy nomination for Best Music Video in 2015 (for "The Golden Age" featuring Max Richter), losing out to Pharrell's "Happy." That year, a film he scored, the Jonás Cuarón-directed thriller Desierto, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He returned in July 2016 with a collaboration with pianist Nils Frahm, a soundtrack for French photographer JR's short film Ellis. That July, he also delivered another highly innovative performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, which featured a host of guests, including Elle Fanning, Son Lux, and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste. "Run Boy Run" turned up on an episode of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why in 2017. Woodkid's 2019 EP Woodkid for Nicolas Ghesquière: Louis Vuitton Works One came out on Island Records and included a reading by Jennifer Connelly. In April 2020, he issued "Goliath," the lead single from his second full-length.
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 18, 2013 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)
It would be an understatement to say that Yoann Lemoine's latest album was as eagerly-awaited as the name of the new Pope... And so here is Golden Age, bathed in a startling aura of musical luxury. It rather gives the listener the feeling that they've been plunged headlong into the soundtrack for a mad film, written by a Woodkid bristling with inspiration from all genres. Somewhere between futuristic electro and warm string sounds, the film-making musician has created an epic, never impersonal (on the contrary!) and musically excellent. © PY/Qobuz
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