3 South & Banana is the musical moniker of Berlin-based, French singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Aurélien Bernard. His new single, 3S&B, is out today on Some Other Planet Records!
The brand new single precedes the debut album from 3 South & Banana, due out on April 10, 2020.
The eponymous single follows the single Bla Bla Bla (July 2019) and the debut EP, Rooftop Trees (1st March 2019), the EP featured the singles Fake Jungle and Rooftop Trees. Aurélien previously played in Vadoinmessico, the band that went on to become Cairobi. The reputation of 3 South & Banana as a live act has already started to spread, he recently supported The Comet Is Coming in Berlin. The 3 South & Banana live show is a multimedia/virtual band live performance and has a distinct nod to mavericks such as David Byrne.
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Having grown a steady legion of fans for his idiosyncratic approach to song-writing and his unique stage craft, Aurélien explains that “I have a strong French accent when I speak English and thec3 South & Banana tag came from a comedy misunderstanding that turned into an in-joke between myself and my friends. I think humour is a great way to overcome self-doubt and this single, and the project more generally, in part explores this phenomenon”.
Taking inspiration from the surrealist psychedelia of musical oddballs such as Shintaro Sakamoto and Ariel Pink mixed with classic pop song-writing drawn from the likes of The Kinks and Syd Barrett 3 South and Banana will no doubt appeal to Aurélien’s ever growing legions of fans in the UK and across Europe.
3 South & Banana’s label Some Other Planet Records was launched to release the music of Vadoinmessico and then Cairobi, and they released the album Cliffhanger (2018) from Japanese musician Grimm Grimm. Some Other Planet is run by Salvador Garza Fishburn, who also co-produces and mixes the 3 South & Banana project releases.
3 South & Banana has been supported across 6Music, with multiple plays from Gideon Coe, Don Letts and Lauren Laverne, and widely tipped across the blogosphere.