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Nouvelle Vague Reinvents New Wave Favorites

The French band Nouvelle Vague takes classic New Wave singles from the '80s and adds a Brazilian twist -- courtesy of the other "new wave": bossa nova.

What began as a project between Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux -- both with long resumes as musicians and producers in France -- has expanded to include the efforts of eight female singers, each with their own style.

The idea at the heart of Nouvelle Vague was that the songs be performed by singers who had little or no previous exposure to the original music. The results range from breathy '60s escapism to unusual approaches to familiar lyrics.

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David Dye
David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.