Columnist: Gabriela Keane
Editor: Clemence Bernard
Let me set a scene: you walk outside to find that (gasp!) Ithaca has decided not to be an Arctic tundra today. The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking to class with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather that students at non-upstate New York schools experience on a daily basis (why did we choose Cornell again? I’M KIDDING. Go Big Red.). Now, what song should be the soundtrack to your unexpectedly pleasant walk to class? Something jaunty to fit your upbeat mood…perhaps Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”? Or OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” always bumps. These are all well and good, but I’m not here to suggest the mainstream standbys. Shake up the soundtrack to your next sunny walk to class with French deep house duo Klingande’s “Jubel,” a piano and saxophone heavy track so happy that its title literally translates to “jubilance” in Swedish.
Launched in December 2012, Klingande is comprised of Cédric Steinmyller and Edgar Catry who hail from northern France. Both are 23 years old and share an early rooted love of music that began by learning to play the piano at a very young age. Prior to starting Klingande, they had been DJing and producing music for a few years. The group gained attention after their first self-released online track “Punga” made it to the French Singles Chart. Klingande found international chart success with their second track “Jubel,” which has broken the top 10 on charts in a handful of European countries.
Though the duo are of French heritage, the group admires the Swedish language and as such their name as well as their tracks bear Swedish names. The group has said they enjoy the Swedish language because of its song-like quality, even when it is spoken. Klingande means chiming or sounding in Swedish, which is an accurate characterization of their upbeat, sunny version of house music. Jubel is jubilant, and you will be too as it sweeps you up with its calypso-like opening and transforms your next walk to class into a bright, lively, saxaphone-y experience. Don’t blame me if you catch yourself bouncing along Ho Plaza with a dopey smile on your face– blame Cédric and Edgar.