Glossy Clouds is the arty music project of Jérôme Bralet and Hugo Merle from Lyon, France, convincingly assisted by three female guest vocalists. They just released their full-length debut album Mess and Mania, they also made a video for all the songs. After several spins I’m still not sure this band fits our blog, but I can say it’s pretty good. The duo cites Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age and Pink Floyd as influences, but I think we should also mention Arcade Fire and Talking Heads: “We have this soul and gospel side to us. We really love to make groovy rock (…) and want to create a sexy glam atmosphere.” I hear funky pop music injected with post-punk influences – colorful, danceable and catchy – although a few tracks, like My Devil, are indeed a lot heavier then the hit songs here, like She’s Borderline. An ambitious, versatile and successful debut LP.