BIO

Overland Inn is a French electronic trip-hop duo, born in 2006.

Etienne (Guitar / Machines) and Chloë (Voice / Keyboards / Machines) have recorded their first album Long Way Home in Portugal in 2010. They went to the UK to record their new tracks and compile them into a second album called Technicolor (2013), before they settled in the Czech Republic and released Between a Dog and a Wolf (2016). 

Their 4th album Proxima was recorded in Prague and released in January 2022 under the Australian label False Peak Records. 

NEWS

4th Jun 2022 
LIVE @POTRVA
Poster Potrva Overland Inn
31st Jan 2022 
MORE REVIEWS 

« […] Le duo formé par Etienne et Chloë, a su tirer profit de la situation de torpeur liée à la pandémie pour concevoir cet opus dont l’une des particularités réside dans ses enregistrements sonores d’oiseaux, grenouilles et autres animaux, transformés à l’aide d’un synthé granulaire, afin de générer des pistes à l’originalité déconcertante. »

MAF – MANIFESTO 21 

« […] Si te gusta el indie electrónico, estás de suerte, ya que el dúo, Overland Inn, tiene un material que atrapará rápidamente tu atención.

Sus melodías indie se combinan muy bien con colchones de sintetizador, que le dan una espacialidad única. »

ZONE NIGHTS 

15th Jan 2022 
ALBUM REVIEW: OVERLAND INN’S ‘PROXIMA’ IS A SENSUAL, LIQUID MELANGE OF BUBBLING ELECTRONIC DELIGHTS.
The liquidity of movement and sensual overload in French Czech-based duo Overland Inn‘s new album ‘Proxima’ is nothing short of magnificent. Heralded by a series of delectable amuse-bouches over the last 12 months following their signing to the brilliant Brisbane label False Peak Records, Overland Inn have perfected an electronic based dream pop oeuvre that has distilled the joys of fellow compatriots like the marvelous Mylène Farmer and Air, with a touch of the gamin Jane Birkin’s work with Serge Gainsbourg (with singing lessons). 
Overland Inn - The Stalker
Overland Inn - Inlassable Cover

The sibilant electronic bedrock is not, however all fey and wistful: a syncopated arpeggiated thrub forms a steely spine to many a track: a kind of Cabaret Voltaire meets Daft Punk sinewy thread while the vocal soar in a velvety ethereal cloak. Think of a Nicolas Winding Refn/Michael Mann soundtrack set in neon lit urban jungles during late night journeys.

Overland Inn have no boundaries, physical or aural. They are now based in Prague having lived and recorded in Portugal and the UK and now have added an Australian label to the mix. Of the album ‘Proxima’, their fourth, the band says: ‘Proxima’ is named after a space mission. This is our first album in French, but we wrote it in Czechia, mostly during the pandemics. We have used a variety of birds, frogs and other animal sounds, and played them through granular synthesisers. Computers were almost absent from the creation and mastering process, leaving the analogue synth untamed. The whole album shows mixed emotions, somewhere between nostalgia and acceptance.

Overland Inn - Proxima
Overland Inn - les Mauvais Jours out now

Title track ‘Proxima’ is an exquisite slice of electronica pie, augmented by the lush vocals sung in French: always a delicious and enigmatic burnish to any track. The syncopated rhythms and structural flow is mesmerising while the singing floats above the swiftly moving surface like a butterfly: elegant, delicate and light of touch. Overland Inn show an innate ability to record elegance and light in this luminescent track. 

Les Mauvais Jours’ is a shimmering piece of Euro chic, bringing to mind the kind of louche, elegant craft of a Jane Birkin fronted Serge Gainsbourg piece for the modern age – filled with stylistic exotism and atmosphere. Circular, arpeggiated synths and celestial melodies whisper softly with delightful enticement.

Overland Inn - Le Hibou Cver
Overland Inn - Les Loups Cover

In ‘Le Hibou’, Overland Inn’s trademark icy synths and celestial vocals feature again with a more upbeat and bubbling track that has heavenly spaces and gorgeous melodies delivered in their native French tongue. There is a sixties syncopated flow to this track that recollects the magic pop of the legendary chanteuse Mylène Farmer, before the duo divert the flow and wander off into an ambient reverie in the outro. 

Les Loups’ has syncopated liquid instrumentation carrying the most velvet soft vocals on a melodic journey filled with melancholy and sparkle. The accompanying video is « an animation inspired by an early animation device invented by Joseph Plateau in 1841 – the phenakistoscope. Old photographs by Eadward Muybridge were glued on vinyl records. At a certain speed and with a certain frame rate the photos come to life. » It’s certainly a mesmerising piece of footage filled with a certain enigma and presence that flows beautifully with the music:

Overland Inn - Refuge Cover
Overland Inn - Dans tes yeux Cover

Final track ‘Refuge’ veers away from the electronic hum to something more organic – a melancholic folk-based track shimmering along at an acoustic canter sung in English with a heavenly choir in the distance and a sense of compassion in the lyrics. While a syncopated spine does form and develop, this is a raw and earthy song. 

‘Proxima’ is an absolute joy – a range of perfectly delectable dreamy pop songs bursting forth with melody and style on a lush bed of electronica. Exotic and rich, the warmth that shines through the vocals belies the arctic streams of synths that add pace and vibrancy.

Out through False Peak Records, the album is available digitally through the link below and through all the normal streaming sites. A vinyl version is hopefully on the way: I for one will be at the front of the queue for that.

ARUN KENDAL – BASCKSEAT MAFIA

Overland Inn - Juno cover
Overland Inn - Deux Mondes Cover
14 Jan 2022 
PROXIMA – NEW ALBUM OUT NOW! 
Our new album PROXIMA is out now! We are very excited about this release, our first one (mainly) in French, and our first collab with False Peak Records. We are looking forward to playing it live and getting the vinyl but this should come in May. 
 
Thanks Marco at AnalogCut for the mastering, and everyone who has somehow contributed to this. 
18 Dec 2021 
MISSION ALPHA RESTORED! 

A few months ago, we were practicing with video projections, filmed it and forgot about it. We just rediscovered the footages in a hard drive, and edited them, as we finally have some time for stuff like that… This is Alpha, one of our favourite songs 🙂 

15 Dec 2021 
LES LOUPS – SINGLE OUT  

Les Loups is out on Spotify and all major streaming platforms.  

« French dup Overland Inn based in the Czech Republic, are building up anticipation for the release of their album ‘Proxima’, through Brisbane’s amazing False Peak Records, with the release of a brilliant and very clever animation video for the tack ‘Les Loups’. This is the fourth release since signing to False Peaks, and the quality and consistency of these sonic Gallic amuse-bouches ahead of the main course is wonderful.

The trade mark sound of Overland Inn continues with ‘Les Loups’: syncopated liquid instrumentation carrying the most velvet soft vocals on a melodic journey filled with melancholy and sparkle.

The accompanying video is certainly a mesmerising piece of footage filled with a certain enigma and presence that flows beautifully with the music. » – BACKSEAT MAFIA 

Thanks for all the support and time spent with us Backseat Mafia 🙂 

15 Nov 2021 
SHARED SECRETS: NOIRS – CASSETTE OUT

We are on this compilation cassette with some really good bands. You can get it from Californian label OIM Records. 

Shared Secrets: NOIR
Shared Secrets: NOIR
12 Nov 2021 
LE HIBOU – SINGLE OUT  

Le Hibou is out now. It is based on The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, a poem by Edward Lear. 

« Czech-based French duo Overland Inn have had a very productive couple of months (quite literally: they have just welcomed a new baby into the world this week – congratulations!) and the momentum and productivity continues unabated with the release later today of a new single through the inimitable Brisbane False Peak label. We are very honoured to give you an early listen to ‘Le Hibou’ before it is made available through all the usual download and streaming sites.

Overland Inn’s trademark icy synths and celestial vocals feature again with a more upbeat and bubbling track that has heavenly spaces and gorgeous melodies delivered in their native French tongue. There is a sixties syncopated flow to this track that recollects the magic pop of the legendary chanteuse Mylène Farmer, before the duo divert the flow and wander off into an ambient reverie in the outro. » – BACKSEAT MAFIA

8 Nov 2021 
PROXIMA REVIEWS 
Overland Inn - Proxima

« Elegant, delicate and light of touch. » 

ARUN KENDALL – BACKSEAT MAFIA 

« A really well executed song » 

JASON GRISHKOFF – INDIE SHUFFLE 

« Really beautiful » 

JOHN ORIE – SYNTHPOPLOVER

15 Oct 2021 
DANS TES YEUX – SINGLE OUT  

Dans tes Yeux is out on all major streaming platforms. 

13 Oct 2021 
NEW SONG AND INTERVIEW ON HAUMEA MAGAZINE

« On vous les présentait il y a quelques semaines : le duo Overland Inn nous avait surpris sur « Les Mauvais Jours », un titre qui marquait un virage à 180° vers une électro pop en français. Basé à Prague, le duo s’apprête à sortir demain sur toutes les plateformes un titre nommé « Dans tes yeux », une manière pour eux d’affirmer non seulement leur nouvelle direction musicale, mais également de mettre en avant une manière complexe de produire leur musique. Ainsi, entre sonorités enregistrées sur le vif et quasi absence de post-production informatique, leur musique sonne à la fois chaleureuse et onirique, et les aspérités qui viennent la ponctuer ne font qu’accentuer cet univers nouveau. Ils ont accepté de dévoiler pour nous en avant-première leur titre « Dans tes yeux » : écoutez-le ci-dessous avant sa sortie officielle demain ! 

À la fois calme et rapide, Dans tes Yeux surprend par sa formule tantôt rêveuse dans les paroles et la voix, tantôt pressée et à grande vitesse dans les boucles mélodiques qui évoluent en arrière-plan. Mêlant de nombreux aspects de la musique pop électronique française de nos jours dans ses premières secondes, plus le temps passe, plus le titre prend une tournure plus electronica, laissant l’imagination de l’auditeur mettre des images sur les mots et les notes qui défile sous ses yeux. Contrastant ainsi avec le titre « Les Mauvais Jours » sorti quelques semaines plus tôt, le duo Overland Inn affirme son changement d’esthétique musicale et confirme sa volonté de s’exprimer en français ! »

Cloé Gruhier – Haumea Magazine 

1 Oct 2021 
LES MAUVAIS JOURS – OIM MIX 

« Les Mauvais Jours » will feature on Californian label OIM Records’ compilation cassette SHARED SECRETS: NOIR. They have made a new mix of the song, which is available on all streaming platforms. 

15 Sep 2021 
PROXIMA – SINGLE OUT NOW 

Our new single Proxima is out on all major sreaming platforms. 

8 Sep 2021 
REVIEW ON HAUMEA MAGAZINE 

Overland Inn opère un virage vers une pop électro-mélancolique sur leur nouveau single « Les Mauvais Jours »

Hauméa Magazine

La pop française, un genre qui ne cesse d’évoluer et de surprendre ; en parallèle, nombreux sont les artistes & groupes qui refusent le français, pourtant langue natale, dans l’expression de leur art. Alors lorsque nous sommes tombés sur le duo Overland Inn, la surprise fut double : en place depuis le début des années 2010, le groupe, qui évoluait alors dans un univers largement plus pop rock, délaisse leurs premières amours musicales pour se tourner vers des productions beaucoup plus électroniques, plus club, et surtout en français. Un virage radical opéré il y a quelques mois déjà mais qu’ils n’ont que récemment dévoilé en dévoilant au monde leur titre « Les Mauvais Jours », une ballade électro-pop mélancolique annonciatrice d’un album à venir l’année prochaine. 

« Mon amour,
Moi j’ai pas peur des mauvais jours
Alors partons, avant que tu t’ennuies… »
– Overland Inn – Les Mauvais Jours

Construit autour de boucles électroniques & synthétiques, « Les Mauvais Jours » s’appuie sur les bases d’une nostalgie profonde éprouvée par les deux protagonistes du duo, ou tout du moins par l’un d’entre eux ; les paroles, elles aussi construites sous forme de boucles – ou plus particulièrement de couplets répétés – évoquent un semblant de dialogue, une injonction lancée à un partenaire, un appel à l’aventure et à l’inconnu pour mieux se retrouver. 

Puis, à mesure que le titre évolue, la mélodie s’éclaircit, les paroles changent ; les amoureux s’accordent et décident de fuir, acceptant d’être seuls, accompagnés l’un de l’autre uniquement. Un retournement de situation accompagné par la mélodie qui, bien qu’elle évolue à la manière d’une ritournelle, marque subtilement les changements d’attitude des deux protagonistes. Un titre qui fait largement écho au passé du groupe, qui a vogué de pays en pays, en profitant pour enregistrer au gré de leurs divers périples leurs chansons & albums. On retrouvera par ailleurs « Les Mauvais Jours » sur leur troisième album studio, intitulé Proxima, et à venir en janvier 2022 !

Cloé Gruhier – Hauméa Magazine 

24 Aug 2021 
NEW LABEL
We are now signed with Australian label False Peak Records. 
False Peak Records Logo
22 Aug 2021 
VERY KIND ARTICLE ON BACKSEATMAFIA.COM 

Thank you very much for these kind word!! 

NEWS: THE DIVINE FRENCH DUO OVERLAND INN SIGN TO FALSE PEAK RECORDS, ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘PROXIMA’ AND RELEASE THE SHIMMERING SINGLE ‘LES MAUVAIS JOURS’

Overland Inn by Adela Nistora
French duo Overland Inn, purveyors of the sweetest electric dream pop laced with ethereal bubbling textures, have announced their signing to the enigmatic Brisbane label False Peak Records and will be releasing new material soon in the way of an album entitled ‘Proxima’.
Overland Inn have no boundaries, physical or aural. They are now based in Prague having lived and recorded in Portugal and the UK and now have added an Australian label to the mix. Of the forthcoming album ‘Proxima’, their fourth, the band says:
« Proxima will be out in January 2022. Just like our songs Alpha or Juno, it is named after a space mission. This is our first album in French, but we wrote it in Czechia, mostly during the pandemics. We have used a variety of birds, frogs and other animal sounds, and played them through granular synthesisers. Computers were almost absent from the creation and mastering process, leaving the analogue synth untamed. The whole album shows mixed emotions, somewhere between nostalgia and acceptance. » 
To give you an exquisite taste of what’s to come, Overland Inn’s newest single ‘Les Mauvais Jours’ is a shimmering piece of Euro chic, bringing to mind the kind of louche, elegant craft of a Jane Birkin fronted Serge Gainsbourg piece for the modern age – filled with stylistic exotism and atmosphere. Circular, arpeggiated synths and celestial melodies whisper softly with delightful enticement. 
What a mutually assured coup for Overland Inn and False Peak Records. 
ARUN KENDALL 

 

20 Aug 2021 
LES MAUVAIS JOURS   

Out now on all streaming platforms. 

28 Jul 2021 
SOME REVIEWS 

Waiting for the album, here are a few reviews already 🙂 

FRENCH-O-RAMA.XYZ: « #ASuivre Premier titre extrait du futur nouvel album de Overland Inn. qui recèle quelques belles perles. Quand un groupe intègre, assimile et dépasse ses influences. (Elles sont évidentes vous vous y retrouverez)… Mais surtout quand un groupe ose et réussit son passage à la langue française. Ca en devient juste beau et inépuisable. » 

SYNTHPOPLOVER.COM: « I don’t understand a word of this, but one thing I know for sure is that the French language is a very beautiful language. Overland Inn has managed to touch me with Les Mauvais Jours. I get  a melancholic feeling when listening to the beautiful music and the beautiful vocals from Chloë. This is highly recommended if you like French pop. But if you don’t understand it, that’s no problem either. The track will be brought out on August 20, 2021. » 

TRIPHOP.NET: « Toujours à noter sur vos agendas ! L’album sur lequel Etienne et Chloë du duo Overland Inn travaillent depuis de nombreux mois, terminé depuis peu et en cours de masterisation à Berlin, sortira au mois de Janvier 2022! À (re)découvrir, plusieurs titres déjà publiés au fil des mois, que vous pourrez retrouver sur leur site officiel, notamment «Les Loups», vidéo basée sur une ancienne technique d’animation appelée Phenakistoscope ou encore le si beau « Proxima », planant et atmosphérique, joué et interprété ici en live Studio/Session. »

27 Apr 2021
NEW ALBUM OUT SOON! 
The album is finished! It’s now being mastered in Berlin and will be out in September 🙂 In the meantime you can now listen to our song Les Loups on Soundcloud. 
08 Feb 2021
MAKING OF LES LOUPS 
Here are some of the vinyl stickers made for our video Les Loups.  
20 Jan 2021
LES LOUPS – REVIEW ON AUDIODRUMS 
« Waves of synth wash over and infused with emotion to take the listener on a journey inward. Has a vibe that most Modeselektor fans would dig. It’s that slightly detuned synth and the drifting in and out of conscious that makes this so beautiful. The percussive textures are also delicate and hard at the same time, a feat onto itself. »
15 Nov 2020
LES LOUPS  
Another new song in French! 
The animation is inspired by an early animation device invented by Joseph Plateau in 1841 – the phenakistoscope. We glued old photographs by Eadward Muybridge on vinyl records. At a certain speed and with a certain frame rate the photos become alive. 
It took us more than six months to get it right… 
12 Nov 2020
LES MAUVAIS JOURS 
Listen to Les mauvais jours on Soundcloud. 
6 Nov 2020
DANS TES YEUX  
Simon Larré is currently making a music video for our song Dans tes Yeux
We are looking forward to seeing it and sharing it with you, but until then, here is a bit of his storyboard. Simon has already made a great video for Overland Inn (The ghost that lives here) a few years ago. 
22 Jun 2020
PROXIMA 
A new song called Proxima, live from home. 
28 Apr 2020
LES MAUVAIS JOURS 
This is a new song/video. A sneak peek into our next album which we hope to release this year. 
22 Apr 2020 
10 YEARS AFTER 
Our first album Long Way Home is 10 years-old today! It is still available on every platforms, but you can also download it for free until the end of the week by clicking this button. 
19 Apr 2020 
NEW WEBSITE 
As you can see, our website has changed 🙂 The design was mostly inspired by VHS covers, especially this Sony one.
 
We will keep adding content, especially the shops, old archives, practical booking info and a press kit, but at least it works now. 
28 Mar 2020 
PHENAKISTOSCOPE 
Working on a phenakistoscope animation for a new song. 
20 Dec 2019 
LIVE @ CENTRALA 
We are playing with the great Envlps tonight! 
Overland Inn - Centrala
6 Jun 2019 
DANS TES YEUX 
4 Jun 2019 
LIVE @ STALIN
We are playing at Stalin for Xion Records tomorrow. The weather looks great! 
10 May 2019 
KORG VOLCA 

Come and meet our new mini-synths tomorrow @ Klubovna with the Envlps and Palindromes

Overland Inn Volca
2 Mar 2019 
LIVE @ STUDIO ALTA 
Thank you for yesterday! It was a great one, and we were honored to be surrounded with the beautiful artworks by our friend Conrad Armstrong. 
Saint-Hilaire de Riez - Sabreheart feat. Chloe (Overland Inn)
30 Jan 2019
SAINT-HILAIRE 
This new song is a collaboration between Sabrehart and Chloé. 

4 May 2018
NO MORE GIRLY
Good surprise from Tokyo. Our song Child’s Game is on the first compilation album of the Japanese label Bread & Cakes Records! 

 

3 Oct 2017
ALPHA REVIEW

« Don’t you love the moment in a film when the main character finally realizes that it’s her/his time to become strong and accept the mission? This moment isn’t exclusive to action films or sci-fi, but can be found in any film where we have a character who is brave and who we want to believe in. And this moment I reference, I truly think some of the amazement is because there is a fear that inherently comes with courage, a fear that doesn’t hold back. 

So what does this have to do with Overland Inn, the Prague-based French duo, and their new song, Alpha? Well just take a listen and you will see! This new track is powerful and can take light and fragile sonic moments and mash them with triumph. It’s the kind of song that makes me want to go out there and be courageous despite some fear I may have. I challenge you to take Alpha with you into the day and f*cking own it. Take a listen now and get ready for the mission. » – SYNTHPOP SOUND

3 Oct 2017
FROM THE ROOFTOP
24 Sep 2017 
JUNO – LIVE 
7 May 2017 
JUNO 

The Overland Inn family has been joined by the 2 days-old Juno! This new song is for her.

4 May 2017 
LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION ON IMD 

You can now listen to our song Looking for a Solution on Indie Music Dimension’s playlist. 

17 Apr 2017
BETWEEN A DOG AND A WOLF REVIEW ON FRIDGEFEED 

French electronic duo Overland Inn craft music permeated with nostalgia yet warped into something entirely new. Their melodic movement and instrumentation is reminiscent of AIR’s Virgin Suicides soundtrack with shades of Portishead. It’s dark and at times unnerving yet hauntingly beautiful. 

The song ‘Lovers’ showcases their musical variety, their tunes taking unexpected turns with some post/prog rock influences. It begins with lo-fi beats that conjure an eerily calm atmosphere until an unexpected bass harmony comes forth, bringing with it a dark and foreboding atmosphere. An 80s style strummed guitar section also enters, coupled with haunting harmonies from their velvety vocals and creating a uniquely “Overland Inn” sound. 
‘Alpha’ throws you into the midst of the 80s with its vibrant synth tones you’re likely to hear in ‘Blade Runner.’ It shifts between a busy, synth orchestral realm into a drawn back, airy vocal tranquility. 
 
Overland Inn’s thoughts on Lovers: « It was written in a time where we were listening a lot to Blonderedhead. I liked the poetry of their songs, both romantic and melancholic/dramatic at the same time. ‘Lovers’ is about a couple who tries to believe in ‘true love’ as it is depicted in fairy tales, even though everybody repeats all the time that such a thing does not exist. But despite the fact that they try to believe in it, they always have to repel the ‘ghosts’, memories or broken love stories they went through. »FRIDGEFEED 

1 Jan 2017
BETWEEN A DOG AND A WOLF REVIEW ON MUSICSERVER

Nejsilnějším momentem je pak hned druhá píseň nahrávky « Child’s Game », která je takovou láskou na první poslech. K ostatních skladbám si posluchač bude hledat cestu déle. To ale neznamená, že ji nenajde zapamatovatelných okamžiků lze na desce najít vícero […]READ MORE ON MUSICSERVER.CZ 

 

1 Jan 2017
BETWEEN A DOG AND A WOLF REVIEW ON CEEL 

« The apocalypse of broken relationships » […] – READ MORE ON CEEL.ORG.UK 

 

13 Nov 2016 
CZECH TOUR 

We are back to Prague from our little Czech Tour with Apollinaire and Living. Thank you both so much, and everyone who came to our concerts in Kladno, České Budějovice, Plzeň, Prostějov, Valašské Meziříčí and Prague! 

18 Sep  2016 
CREPUSCULE 
16 Sep 2016
BETWEEN A DOG AND A WOLF NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE 

You can find our third album on overlandinn.com, iTunes, AmazonMusicFNACJukeboxDeezerXBox Music, and more online platforms. 

 

13 Sep 2016 
LIVE @ ROXY 
Overland Inn - live at Roxy
Overland Inn - live at Roxy
Overland Inn - live at Roxy
Overland Inn at Roxy
9 Sep 2016
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW! 

Our third album Between a Dog and a Wolf is ready! 

9 Sep 2016
RELEASE PARTY 

Between a Dog and a Wolf will be launched at Roxy, on Monday 12 September. 

15 Aug 2016
BESEDA U BIGBITU 

Another great concert, thanks to Startér 

Beseda U Bigbitu - CZ Photo: Worick-foto
Beseda U Bigbitu - CZ Photo: Worick-foto
12 Aug 2016
MASTERING 

We went to AnalogCut Mastering studio in Berlin to get an analog master by Marco Pellegrini. 

 

28 Jun 2016
LIVE SESSION ON RADIO WAVE 

Back to Radio Waveto play Crépuscule, September Rains, and The Horde. These three songs will be featured on our next album, which we hope to realease it in September 2016. 

2 Jun 2016
STARTER – FINALS 

Thanks to Radio Wave, and to your votes, we are in the finals of the Contest Startér!! We can hardly believe it still… Thank you SO much everyone!! We are with Pandoo and Role. The results will be announced on the 13th June. 

Overland Inn - Role - Pando - Starter Final Radio Wave
Overland Inn - Role - Pando - Starter Final Radio Wave
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