Nýtt Bylgja


Bossa Nova is a style of jazz music from Brazil that originated in the 1950s. The literal translation is New Trend.

New Wave is a style of British and American pop music that originated in the late 1970s.

There is a French band called Nouvelle Vague, whose name translates as New Wave. They play cover versions of English language New Wave songs in a Bossa Nova style. Thus the band, the song, and the style of their playing all shares a name.


I came across the band sat in a Napa restaurant bar. There was a very odd version of Teenage Kicks playing. I have software called Shazam on my iPhone. It will identify a song and artist, most of the time. It identified this song as being performed by the aforementioned Nouvelle Vague. Whilst coding on my Mac this morning, I listened to some of their music. The collection included Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Too Drunk to <fornicate>.

Here is a video of Nouveau Vague playing their version of a Joy Division classic.

Love Will Tear Us Apart
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