"Belfast trio Decomposing In Paris are purveyors of piano-driven pop of the experimental, atmospheric variety. Led by captivating vocalist, lyricist and born star Becca Hopkins, one can see why this outfit have been likened to established greats such as Bjork. Whilst Hopkins' skewed, though ultimately intoxicating worldview is the most immediately striking quality of their work, their nuanced sound owes no small amount to the virtuoso playing of classically trained pianist and composer Aoife Lynch. Also notable is the stellar axemanship and behind-the-scenes knob twiddling of guitarist and producer Garvin Clements. Something special is brewing."
- Hot Press Magazine (Vol:38 Issue:08 May 14. 2014)
"Really, really, really like that!"..."Amazing tunes"...."Absolutely stunning session tracks"... "Also the fastest session we've ever recorded, they just did them, no mistakes"
- Rory McConnell, BBC Introducing (Quotes made on air and/or taken from BBC Website)
"This month I also had the incredible experience of catching Decomposing in Paris live at the Menagerie in Belfast - after reviewing their EP a few months back I was in no way prepared for the live set. It was in all intents and purposes the most interesting thing I have ever witnessed on stage (And I have seen many a strange thing) from winged costumes, to ripping up flowers and tango dancing my mind was curious to what would happen next at each turn. I was certainly entertained and they are a band that would have to be seen to be believed, but as like their EP the vocals were surprisingly note perfect and they are - if nothing - completely different from anything else happening in Northern Ireland at the moment."
- Dorothy Lawrence, www.clashmusic.com
"Decomposing In Paris are a quirky little experimental trio. Few bands that hail from Northern Ireland are as distinctive and interestingly stunning. For such a new band on the scene they send shivers as to what they could become with the release of their debut EP expected early this year. Decomposing in Paris’s music is as poetic as their name, songs like ‘Naked’ show already likenesses with Portishead and even in some respects the vocals of Becca Hopkins could be matched with, the haunting dramatics of Sharon den Adel on Within Temptations’ softer tracks. A favourite track of mine is ‘Ambition’ with its beautiful unique and melodic vibe complimented by delicate musical lines."
- Dorothy Lawrence, www.clashmusic.com
"I absolutely love how ambitious their songs are"... "Vocally they're way out there, head of the pack"... "I'm loving the trip-hop"
- Phillip Taggart, BBC Radio 1
"A breathe of fresh air... poetry in motion... should be a phenominal debut"
- Chordblossom previewing "Personal Ad"
"Decomposing In Paris lit up the grotto with a dreamy electronic showcase"
- SEÁN O’BRIEN, Hot Press reviewing Vantastival 2013
"The haunting sound, vocals and lyrics of Decomposing in Paris are like none other I have heard. I spend most of my days listening to a wide range of music...everything from Tori Amos to Ellie Goulding. Decomposing in Paris brings a wide variety of melody to make each song grip your soul. The magnificent vocals of Becca Hopkins range from a beautiful low melody to her torturous screams. This band has something extraordinary to offer the world.
Their current EP "Personal Ad" has four tracks and each song has its own story to tell. The title song "Personal Ad" and its childlike melody put to phenomenal lyrics. The backing vocals on "Naked" and the crackling to simulate a vinyl record makes for a perfect combination. Becca's vocals on "He Loves Me Not" are haunting and mesmerizing. "High & Dry" is by far my favorite song because it transforms you into another world. The whole EP is well produced and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait until they release a full length album and hope to see them live sometime in the future! The videos of their live shows are as mesmerizing as their music!
You owe it to yourself to check this band out. I highly recommend them to anyone who is a fan of pop, electronic, alternative, progressive trip hop, UK or just music in general! You will not be disappointed - I can promise you that! Can't wait to hear the new material they are currently working on."
- Mika (Amazon)
"This album sounds great. The music was made by multi-instrumentalists, Aoife Lynch and Garvin Clements but the best instrument on the record is the voice of Becca Hopkins. The ability to use the voice as a musical instrument is a sign of maturity in a singer. Also, she has great range from the childlike saccharine voice of eponymous track, Personal Ad to the screaming in the chorus of High and Dry. The lyrics are also powerful, telling of vulnerability and unrequited love convincingly. As far as the music goes, even though there are so many instruments and sounds going on it never loses brightness and clarity. The first track on the EP, Personal Ad, is an excellent piece of pop electronica. A hard act to follow. So how does the rest of the album fare? The answer is pretty good. The second track, Naked, is musically indifferent but the record recovers with the track, He Loves Me Not, which is a return to the pop sensibility of the first track but with a mild, Middle-Eastern flavour to it. High and Dry is a satisfactory ending to the record with another powerful vocal by Hopkins. This Belfast threesome may go places if they repeat the success of the outstanding first track. The pop sensibility suits the vocals and music so this means more tasty hooks and chord progressions, please. Cool name as well, by the way."
- David Jordan, Editor and Chief of Music Review Unsigned