Single Review: Housse De Racket – The Tourist Band unveil new video

French duo Housse de Racket are back with a brand video to go with their shiny new single The Tourist which is taken from the upcoming album of the same name.

The band’s new third album has been years in the making which the band describe as “two full years of contemplation, joy and doubt.”

Specifically about the new music they go on to say that;

“This song and the whole album were entirely recorded in Pierre’s apartment, located at Montmartre, right opposite the Sacre-Coeur. We just had to look out the window and find inspiration among the selfie-stick people and the hypnotic force of that iconic church. It’s the first song we wrote for this album and we immediately knew it was the right starting point.”

Now if I’m being perfectly honest I’m totally split about this one. On one hand the video is fantastic; the shots of the Parisian skyline by night are absolutely stunning. However, on the flip side I’m not feeling the track itself in the slightest.

I think the synth just dates the song so badly; it harks back to all of those stereotypical Euro-pop tracks everyone wishes they could forget. I also find the chorus pretty irritating. I can get why some might find it catchy, but personally by the time the song reached its final strains it was really beginning to grate on me. I really want to like it because the video is so awesome but I just can’t get into it.

Overly repetitive and at times horribly dated The Tourist struggles to really bring anything new to the table. The video is magnificent but the music fails to do it justice.

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