Très Chic

HIQLP-006_383_383Rapid-fire conga’s, screaming Hammond organ and a driving mod-beat: Ecoutez by Elsa is at least something to hear, indeed. It’s one of the top tracks on Très Chic, the sequel to the French filles-compilation Ace Records released in 2010. Again, this blog gets a mention in the credits – merci bien. If you’re a regular visitor, you might be underwhelmed by the tracklist containing Yeye-standards like Comment te dire adieu, Jazz à gogo and Tut, Tut, Tut, Tut. But there’s the wonderful, Gainsbourg-penned Au Risque de te deplaire by Marie-Blanche Vergne and the English translation of 7 Heures du Matin by Jacqueline Taieb. That, plus the excellent artwork and insightful info makes this a must-have.

Jacqueline Taieb – 7am

New Peau video

Perrine Faillet, aka Peau, has electrofied herself on her second album. Could you, at best, sway to songs on Première Mue, this time she was inspired by James Blake, Tune-Yards and Fever Ray. So dance, dance, dance! Her sensual, husky voice fits beautifully.

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Aussie Melodie

Australia calling! Next week, Mélodie Française is released, a compilation of Aussie bands covering French classics and lesser known gems. Artists I’d never heard of, like Gossling, Big Scary and The Walking Who tackle songs by Serge (of course), Françoise Hardy and Renaud. Two tasters are out there, a very nifty version of Gainsbourg & Bardot’s Bonnie & Clyde by Deep Sea Arcade with Megan Washington, and the Michel Berger-penned La minute de silence shown above. As far as I know, the comp is not released outside of Australia, but I’ll try’n get a copy.
(Merci Marjorie)

Deep Sea Arcade & Megan Washington – Bonnie & Clyde