AaRON ("Artificial Animals Riding On Neverland") are English-language lyricist Simon Buret and composer Olivier Coursier, who met in 2004.
Although they had written 20-odd songs together within a year of meeting, the release of their material was delayed by Buret's burgeoning film career and Coursier touring as guitarist and keyboardist with industrial metal outfit Mass Hysteria
. The pair shot to fame in 2006 when their songs "U-Turn (Lili)" and "Mister K" were used on the soundtrack for the box office hit Je Vais Bien, Ne T'en Fais Pas, Buret having passed a demo to director Philippe Lioret when auditioning for a secondary role. Following the film's success, "U-Turn" became a minor Internet phenomenon, on the back of which the duo's self-titled debut came out in 2007. With autobiographical texts, an ethereal rock sound pitched somewhere between Tom McRae
, and a haunting cover of "Strange Fruit," the album went to number eight in the French charts. The duo returned in 2010 with their introspective follow-up, Birds in the Storm. The album reached number six in the French charts and spawned the singles "Rise" and "Seeds of Gold." A year later, after the Unplugged & Waves tour, they released a live album, 2011's Waves from the Road. After a four-year silence, AaRON returned with their fourth album, We Cut the Night, which included the glimmering synth pop single "Blouson Noir." ~ Caspar Salmon