European duo the W91 release vintage-toned pop record ‘Memories from ‘900’

The purveyors of vintage-toned Euro pop known as the W91 have released their anxiously awaited debut LP record, “Memories from ‘900.” The album has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. It contains 11 original tracks for a total listening time of 35 minutes. Classy, groovy, and written with deep respect for 20th-century history, “Memories from ‘900” is as thought provoking as it is enjoyable to hear.

Fans of classic pop music from the UK, Italy and France will take an instant liking to “Memories from ‘900” by the W91. With tasteful amounts of reverb, gorgeous vocal work and violins interspersed with upbeat drum tracks, fans of Francoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg and Astrud Gilberto are sure to find a smile on their faces. Fans of Parisian ’40s-era jazz should likewise lend an ear.

The record debuted at No. 59 on Italy’s Top-100 Pop Releases chart at, and at No. 156 across all genres, proving it to be an album worth any music fan’s interest.

The W91 are songwriter/instrumentalist Massimo and lead chanteuse Jacqueline. They have cited as music inspirations artists like De Andrè, Leonard Cohen, Dire Straits, J.S Bach, J. Du Prè, and poets Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman.

Perhaps most intriguing about “Memories from ‘900” by the W91 is the underlying idea forming its creative foundation and overall structure.

Songwriter Massimo writes, “’Memories from ‘900’ is a concept album composed by 11 short stories – songs in chronological order.”

The album begins with an overview of Paris at the start of the 20th century based on the lyric poetry of Charles Baudelaire. Just as the 1900s did, “Memories…” moves quickly into the Great War (World War I), and thence onto WWII. In its ultra-personal treatment of WWII, “Memories from ‘900” truly shines. The album closes by bookending with more Baudelaire in one of the album’s most moving singles, “Paysage.”

“We deeply hope ‘Memories from ‘900’ can be a sort of witness of the last century,” Massimo writes. “We want it to be a hymn to democracy, and hope that, somehow, these memories could guide conscience, giving strength against all forms of totalitarianism and terrorism – like a ‘smooth’ baton hand-off to young generations. It’s up to you from now on.”

While the record is clearly a work of great passion and careful consideration, its effect simply as music must not be understated. “Memories from ‘900” is exceptional as lounge music, casual listening, music for cruising, or as something highly textured and strikingly well performed for music aficionados to examine, reflect upon and appreciate.

“Memories from ‘900” by the W91 is available online now. Get in early, music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Music artists the W91 release new vintage-toned single ‘Paysage’

The musicians of vintage-toned, French contemporary pop known as the W91 have released their second single, “Paysage.” The track is the second teaser single to be released from their upcoming full-length album, “Memories from ‘900.” Both nostalgic and timeless, reaching out to people who lived through some of the most evocative events of the twentieth century, “Paysage” from the W91 is already climbing music charts worldwide.

The W91 are a European duo, songwriter/instrumentalist Massimo and lead chanteuse Jacqueline. Massimo cites as music inspirations such artists as De Andrè, Leonard Cohen, Dire Straits, J.S Bach, J. Du Prè, and poets Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman.

Music aficionados will liken W91 songs like “Paysage” to French pop of the 1960s by legends like Astrud Gilberto, Francoise Hardy, and Serge Gainsbourg. These comparisons are absolutely justified in terms of instrumentation, lyrical poetry and an emphasis on striking, arresting vocals. Fans may also hear similarities between the W91 and modern French groups like Air, and Phoenix.

Asked to describe the themes of “Paysage” (“Landscape” in English) Massimo discusses the larger picture of which “Paysage” is just a part.

“’Memories from ‘900’ is a collection of 11 short stories,” he writes of their upcoming W91 album. “These try to remember and make a point about what happened in the last century: from World War I through World War II – D-Day, the Holocaust – to the memories of the last veterans still alive today, leaving to one of the greatest poets of all time, Charles Baudelaire, the task of carrying on our hope, both opening and closing the album.”

This closing is “Paysage.” The lyrics to “Paysage” are directly from Baudelaire, whose poetry is often considered the best ever to come from France.

“Paysage” was mastered by Simon Heyworth and Andy Miles at (Goldfrapp, Simple Minds, King Crimson, Mike Oldfield).

The first W91 single, “The Sun Still Shines,” has been steadily moving up the pop charts from an initial position of 23,000 to 294 across all digital releases and as high as 147 globally in the pop category alone.

“Paysage” by the W91 is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of great music everywhere. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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The W91 release new single ‘The Sun Still Shines’

The music duo known as the W91 have released their latest official single, “The Sun Still Shines.” The single is the debut selection to be showcased from their upcoming record, the title and release date of which will be announced in the months to come. Tinted with the classy, stylish pop gloss of the 1960s, “The Sun Still Shines” is a track fans of any genre of music can get behind.


The W91 cite as main musical influences a broad swath of artists from various categories, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Elton John, Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio de Andrè, and George Brassens. But music by the W91 is concerned with more than mere sound, their lyrics having inspirational roots in the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman, as well as in the stories of Ernest Hemingway.


The tone and feel of the W91’s “The Sun Still Shines” is sure to please fans of contemporary bands such as Air and Phoenix, and especially aficionados preferring pop singers and songwriters of the twentieth century, like Astrud Gilberto, Francoise Hardy, and Serge Gainsbourg.


Music fans who appreciate pleasingly complex textures in themes, meanings and messages are perhaps most likely of all to find what they’re looking for in “The Sun Still Shines.”


Speaking of their creative aims with their music, the W91 write:


“The W91 is a duo born in 2006 to carry on the ‘Memories from ‘900’ project, an album on the tragedies of the last century, focusing on some historical episodes like D-day, witnessed through the eyes of men who were part of them. It took some years to define the stories; the stories are some kind of little novels, and all the particulars are real. We recorded even the seaside waves at Omaha Beach, Normandy, on an evening in Summer 2011.”


Half of the W91, Massimo, began his music career as a bassist in the 1990s before leaving pop music to play classical guitar for more than a decade.


“I played as classic guitarist in theatres [pieces such as] Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Concert in D-Dur for guitar and Orchestra,’ and some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites – 1001 and cello suites.”


The other half of the W91 is Jacqueline, who takes her name in memory of the beloved Jaqueline du Pre.


“I needed a voice from the past,” explains Massimo, “warm and sad at the same time, a voice able to live and love the stories while singing them, able to make each single word meaningful to the listener.”


Jacqueline’s clear, clarion, crystalline vocals stand out as one of the single’s chief charms. Alongside her remarkable singing, the singular studio production of the single is also noteworthy.


Massimo writes of this, “And then I needed a particular vintage sound: so I asked Simon Heyworth (Tubular Bells, King Crimson) to master the songs using only tapes, to have as analog a tone as possible.”


The following is a partial explanation of the core meaning of “The Sun Still Shines,” provided by the W91 themselves. “The Sun Still Shines” by the W91 is available online worldwide.

From Massimo of the W91: “’The Sun Still Shines’ is a phrase that Sophie Scholl, a member of the ‘White Rose’ said before she died, sentenced to death by Nazi regime at the age of 22, guilty of spreading information on the real conditions German soldiers were facing on the Russian front. This song is about the peaceful opposition to the regime.


“All this work carries one message: if we are able to remember and to bring our conscience deeply through the tragedy of the past, we can find the hope and the strength to build a better tomorrow, remembering the men who gave out their lives allowing this. The album has been written to leave a testimonial for the young generations, a message of peace and sharing of history as ‘magistra vitae’ [the teacher of life].”

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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