Toulousian Sam Rouanet returns to Persona for a third time after a summer spent in exile in the abandoned
company towns of coastal Sardinia, two hours from the nearest civilization, presumably hiding
away from the apocalypse of Zombies in Sunglasses who invade Berlin every summer. Demonstrably,
Sam's been taking a break from glamorous clubland to go back to the studio and spin some new
melodies and rhythms into musical cotton candy.
Luckily, Persona caught up with le Monsieur on Boddin Strasse a few months ago, drank a few
bouteilles du vin rouge and procured three wicked new tracks.
"Alternate" is built on an o-beat kick drum, and teasingly twists its way into full-on Tron at the
autumn disco mode, oering both release and catharsis. "Monkey" is the speediest number. With
bright happy percussion and a forward pushing bass section, it settles early into a bouncy chorddriven
groove before taking a darker turn into distorted metallic pads that work on the same rhythm
bed and pull the listener into a dierent direction. Finally, "Arophopia" brings out the whole white-
In addition to Sam's recent outings on Persona, he's been working with Mima Osawa, of the band
Draco, to produce the Japanese singer's upcoming solo debut.