Wax Tailor
Tales Of The Forgotten Melodies


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A TAV Curator’s Pick.

“After his first two EPs Lost the Way and Que Sera / Where my Heart’s At, Wax Tailor‘s debut album Tales Of The Forgotten Melodies confirmed Wax Tailor‘s status as one of the most compelling artists coming out of France. This album takes you on a 52 minutes long journey into the depth of his “cinematic hip hop” – 18 tracks which will awaken the music lover in you.

Wax Tailor uses samples in his music as Film directors use actors. His record is conceived as an orchestral movie between hip-hop and downtempo where Wax Tailor hijacks “The forgotten melodies” and tells a story of his own where each track is a sequence. In this large patchwork of numerous influences and multiple references to the seventh art, major names of the twentieth century music (Doris Day, Nina Simone…) meet Stanly Kubrick, Woody Allen or Alfred Hitchcock and engage in a virtuoso dialogue.

US rappers The Others appear on the record to offer a tribute to the hip-hop culture in which Wax Tailor has been involved for 20 years. We also get a chance to discover Charlotte Savary from the French band Clover. Finally, Marina Quaisse’s cello runs through the whole album and delicately colors it with darker shades of melancholy.

An instant classic!” - Le Plan


About Wax Tailor:

The trip-hop performance moniker of one Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, Wax Tailor first emerged in the French electronica scene in 2004 (with the EP release Lost the Way), but didn't release his debut album until 2006. That debut, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, was a hit both in France and in the United States, and made quite a dent on the CMJ charts that year. In 2007, Wax Tailor returned to the spotlight with his second full-length, Hope & Sorrow. Featuring vocalist Charlotte Savary and Ursula Rucker, this second album was enough of a success to warrant a number of live shows featuring Wax Tailor and his four-piece band. – AllMusic

Item description:


Wax Tailor


Tales Of The Forgotten Melodies




2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue



Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original - 2005


Electronica, Hip Hop


Trip Hop, Downtempo

Catalog No:

LAB 009