Autre Ne Veut shows off his future-pop at The Independent


Autre Ne Veut’s new record Anxiety is one the freshest records I’ve heard in a while, but the big question on my mind was “how will it translate live?”

Well the hype is right, and Arthur Ashin’s project is on the verge of catapulting to wide-ranging success. Consisting of live drums, female backup singer/selector/effect tweaker & of course the main attraction and creative force Ashin, Autre Ne Veut created a sonic blast of energy and sound at The Independent Monday evening.

It cannot be overstated how passionate and entertaining Ashin is as a frontman. He put his all into every song, and while it was a brief set, the live versions of the cuts from Anxiety translated brilliantly. Ashin created an album worth of material that requires him to push his voice to the limit, and he proved he can replicate and even surpass the record’s sound aesthetics live. The set opened with Autre Ne Veut’s most striking track “Play by Play,” and the evening’s encore ended with the super sexy song “Counting.” “World War” was a fine way to end the main set as well.

Major props to the lighting director at The Independent, as the stage visuals consistently matched Ashin’s rapturous future-pop. Autre Ne Veut is future-pop for two reasons; Ashin’s tracks are produced by combining his impressive R&B-influenced voice with unconventional beats, strings, brass and various other noises to produce accessible music, and it’s safe to say this music will be very popular in the near future.


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