Esteban Van Der Guy is a mysterious Paris-based multi-media project specializing in combining music, visual art (drawing) and video. The project released its debut EP Aus Berlin, an electronica-based effort written and recorded in Berlin back in 2018. The Parisian multi-media project followed up the EP with a handful of singles that were heard on FIP, France Inter and French campus radio.
Esteban Van Der Guy’s mysterious creative mastermind met Parisian singer/songwriter Matthieu Saïkaly, who as you may recall won the French music competition show Nouveau Star back in 2014. The pair collaborated on a couple of songs, which will appear on Van Der Guy’s forthcoming EP slated for a February 25, 2022.
“Ordinary Fight,” the EP’s expansive, first single is centered Matthieu Saïkaly’s plaintive vocals, glistening synth arpeggios, skittering beats, a relentless motorik groove, a looping guitar line and an enormous hook. The end result is a slick synthesis of Kid A era Radiohead, Brit pop and electro pop that feels like a flop sweat-induced fever dream.
As the artists explain, the song’s narrator is in the middle of an internal battle between shyness, anger and jealousy seemingly inspired by self-doubt and romantic desire.