Glorious day! The return of Jef Elise Barbara is always something worth celebrating, but especially with this: an early 80’s-infused funky soft rock/funk song sung in two languages. The video–directed by Alexander Storm–is pure Barbara too, doing their thing in a laundromat, playfully teasing, and ultimately rejecting the person whose POV we’re witnessing.
“Sexe Machin / Sex Machine” is out now on a 7″ through Fixture Records with the b-side featuring a cover Michael Angelo’s “Sorcerer’s Delight” with Montreal faves Freelove Fenner as the backing band. No word on what else this year brings from Barbara, but we desperately hope this is just the tip of the iceberg.
When we last heard from Jef Barbara, they had just released the fantastic video for 2013’s “Soft To The Touch” (which made it to #3 on our year end list of top videos).
One long year later, our favourite Montreal retro-pop and new-wave revivalist is back at it! In support of a 7″ coming out via Fixture Records sometime in the spring, Jef unveiled the video of a cover called “A Perfect Day”. The original, by Rexy circa 1981, is a jangly uptempo affair which ends up being deeply contrasted by Jef’s sensual, airy and laid back interpretation.
In said video, directed by Tyler Reekie, Jef leads a few friends (one of whom being Hua Li) through light hearted adventures typical of a cozy Montreal summer afternoon. Needless to say, we miss those greatly!
Jef Barbara continued his string of spectacular videos for 2013’s Soft to the Touch. Released at the very end of last year, the title track clip has a scope worthy of the most ambitious of Michael Jackson’s efforts. Shot on 35mm, it’s an epic tale of unrequited love between a biker and a certain singer, and was directed by Jef Barbara himself.
Hopefully we have more to come soon from the Montreal megastar, but in the meantime we have this video to keep us company. The ever-briliant Soft to the Touch is available now from Bandcamp.