Working as Art Director for TV and Fashion, Marc Nguyen and his associate and friend Benoit Emery count the likes of M6, ARTE, Paris Premiere, Kenzo channel 4 and Comme des Garons among his clients. Even if his main interest and daily work are more focused around experimenting with video, scenography and illustration, Marc started writing and recording. During the course of 2002 his first musical project - Colder - and sent his first demos to a handful of respected labels, which led to him ultimately signing to Trevor "Playgroup" Jackson's Output Recordings.
Colder's debut 'Again' was released in 2003 to massive critical acclaim and has drawn comparisons with everyone from Can to Depeche Mode to Boards of Canada to Massive Attack to New Order. In parts stark and minimalist, evoking feelings of urban alienation, it is nonetheless an accessible, smooth and sexy listen. The album features the single Crazy Love - sounding like a cross between Serge Gainsbourg and Joy Division. An atmospheric intro gives way to a Krautrock bassline, over a mixture of programmed and live drums before Marc’s haunting vocal begins. One heck of an incisive cut. Akin to the timeless class of Kraftwerk and Suicide.
The new release, 'Heat' has expanded the sound into dubbier territories while still maintaining the dark corners of the early-80s. I haven't been able to find any release information on when Heat rises, but if these early leaks are true it should make an even bigger splash than the first.
Colder - Crazy Love
Colder - Wrong Baby
Colder - To The Music
(sorry- tracks removed upon request from Output)