Woodkid, ‘The Golden Age’


Aidin Vaziri | Yoann Lemoine is a French music-video director who has produced big-budget, high-drama clips for Katy Perry (“Teenage Dream”), Taylor Swift (“Back to December”) and Drake (“Take Care”). He takes a similarly grandiose approach with his musical alter ego, Woodkid. On his first full-length album, the 30-year-old Lemoine (who performs Thursday at the Regency Ballroom) presents a quixotic mix of folksy vocals and militaristic hip-hop beats with masterly orchestral flourishes, finding the rarely explored middle ground between Kanye West and Hans Zimmer. It can be brilliantly heart-quickening in moments (“The Great Escape”) and oppressively opulent in others (“Shadows”), but – like his visual work – it’s never less than fascinating.