THERE’S something for everyone in the new So Frenchy So Chic compilation. More than ever, this eclectic episode represents the colourful diversity of the current French scene and how it travels into a myriad of interesting direction. Behind the elegant artwork of Work Art Life, you’ll find 25 exciting artists to discover on 2 CDS come 2017.
Let’s start this overview with Julien Barbagallo, a native of Toulouse who is Tame Imapala’s drummer, and a busy guy who also plays with Aquaserge or Pond. Julien has just published his second record full of psychedelic dreams and avant rock, ‘Grand Chien’, which evolves under the influences of Michel Polnareff and Robert Wyatt. His wonderful track, ‘Nouveau Sidobre’ offers a one way ticket to the Moon.
Another brilliant surprise of the 17’s cuvée, is without contest, Clea Vincent. With her cool electronic minimalist tunes on easy going lyrics, you won’t need to understand the language to appreciate track. There is no doubt that Clea listened to 70’s artists like France Gall or Michel Berger. However, on the track ‘Jmy Attendais Pas’, she mystifies us with a fresh approach and simply embodies the best of yéyé french pop on the dance floor. On the other hand, the one and only Dominique A extends his haunting poetic dream starting from 25 years ago. Taken from his tenth album, the song ‘Cap Farvel’ evokes Cape Farewell, a Groenland bay with a beautiful, delicate and almost unreal sensitivity. This raw artist remains one of the only guys in France who reminds us that it’s still possible to make music that reflects feelings and deep emotions using French. It is by no surprise that Dominique A is the favorite singer of President François Hollande.
With no further introduction tin Australia, Nouvelle Vague, the brilliant French cover band delivers ‘Love Comes In Spurts’. This track is a surprising bossa nova rendition of a Richard Hell & The Voidoids punk rock classic. The good news is that the band will be back at the SFSC festivals this year, but you already know that, don’t you?
If the current presentation of artists have not yet wet your appetite, Baloji, the Belgium poet of Congolese mixes funk, raggae and electro potion making you ask for seconds. Featuring his track ‘Spoiler’, one cannot sit down to this powerful extract from Baloji’s EP ‘64 Bits & Malachite.’
And for the ones who still want to dance some more, we definitely recommend the two last tracks at the end of each side by M83. Currently based in L.A., this project lead by Anthony Gonzales develops the cosmic sounds of the 70’s and 80’s with a Supertramp vibe and a Justice approach. In short, we couldn’t find a better way to enjoy the summer and get lost in the joie de vivre.
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