Archive for the ‘Musique’ Category
Guestpost! Oscar on Liz van Deuq:
She sings and plays piano: let me introduce Vanessa Dequiedt, a French thirtysomething girl from Orléans. Since 2008 she performs as Liz Van Deuq. She studied piano for fifteen years and has a degree in musicology. Her first album is called ‘Anna-Liz’ and is not released by a big record company. So she is not backed by a lot of money to do large promotion campaigns or make fancy videoclips. Nonetheless last year she did receive a price for independent productions (Prix Autoproduction Secam) and she was picked up by a lot of French radio- and televisonstations. Until somewhere in june she will be touring with her trio through France. Try to catch her if you can. She is very funny on stage and makes beautiful music. Like this song ‘Des Rides’ (Wrinkles) about her grandma. Also very nice: Au conservatoire. More songs on Bandcamp.
Belgian actress Barbara Opsomer is a beautiful girl. If you’re not convinced by the picture posted here, look at this one. Or this one. In the first linked picture, Barbara wears lingerie. In the second one, she’s topless (without showing it all). Is it sexist to link to those pictures? Anti-feminist? I always considered this blog to be female-appreciative, a way to applaud, laud, honor women in music. Sure, there’s no need to link to, or posts sexy pictures but I think these girls and women weren’t coerced in having those pics taken. I don’t think I’m being sexist when I state that I enjoy beautiful pictures of beautiful girls. But there’s a fine line.
The other day, I received a promo package of Barbara Opsomers pr-guy, containing a condom in a pink Barbara Opsomer-package, a small bottle of wodka, a pin-on button with her face, a picture of an old couple, and a usb-card with pictures of Barbara smoking (posted here) and drinking beer. What’s the message here? Is Opsomer just a fun-loving, outgoing girl with no issues about her sexuality, or is this to emphasive her, dare I say it, slutty side? Jury’s still out.
All of this to promote a very nice acoustic song. Barbara’s in the same pond as Melanie Laurent, kind of the same voice, also an actress, gentle song. A song that, to me, doesn’t need condoms or wodka to draw attention. What do you think?
Contemporary French-Canadian folk-pop chanteuse Chantal Archambault has released a new EP, “L’amour ou la soif” (“Love or lust”) this week as a follow-up to last year’s GAMIQ-noimiated album “Les élans.” Featuring five beautiful, intimate, always melodic pop-tinged folk songs, they all share the same effortless charm as her previous compositions; with Chantal’s soft angelic vocals accompanied primarily by just an acoustic guitar or ukulele.
Having said that, this is arguably Chantal’s most consistent work to date. There’s a softer and more sensual side on display, with the songs in the main following a seamless progression from Les élans’ more intimate and introverted moments (for example “Les détours”,”Chambre 16″ and “Nin sibicêc”…)
There’s a noticeably darker reinterpretation of “Les Ivresses”, stripped back to basics and with the sparseness matching the sombre tone – staring at the world through the bottom of a whiskey glass while a recording of legendary American country-blues artist Mississippi John Hurt’s plays in the background – although there’s a twist at the end that perhaps hints of light at the end of even the most darkest of tunnels…
Both “Nouille story” and “La muse ou la proie” are both gorgeously crafted songs that ebb and flow quite deliciously; while “Boire à crédit” finds Chantal, lover, ukulele and Dutch courage seeking solace and strength from one other…
There’s even an up-tempo closer, “Amour asphalte”, which illustrates that Chantal can still turn her hand to writing up-beat pop songs, that has the same immediate and delicious freshness so reminiscent of the poppy “Tomber frêle” off of the album…
This is an EP full of stand-out songs and if you like them to be thoughtful and intelligent, and aren’t afraid to get in touch with your feminine side, is one for you…
Something completely different, but very good nonetheless: Canadian Farfisa-garagerockers Charlie Foxtrot (this is their website, it’s a reference to this). King Khan once sang that he was the son of Jacques Dutronc, Charlie Foxtrot are not so distant nephews. One song’s for free on their Bandcamp. The full album’s on Spotify.
Talking suggestively in French over gentle electronic music. Got your attention? If you’re a Kid Loco-fan, Circé Deslandes (real name: Cecilia Halatre) is a familiair name – he produced her track Ta Bite. There’s hasn’t been a more delicate track about someone’s penis before, I’d say (bite means penis in French, Gainsbourg played with that expression before in Love On The Beat. Geddit?). This time, Marc ‘Nouvelle Vague’ Collin is on board as producer. It’s like a soundtrack, as if Circé reads a filmscript with her compelling, supersweet voice. The movie in my head automatically got vaseline on the lens. What a dreamgirl.
More Circé HERE.
This year is already shaping up to be a great one for filles fragiles, with a number of albums coming out from favorites from years gone by. Perhaps a coincidence with Valentine’s Day, but I have found my first new love of 2014, Julie Brunet, aka Grenadine.
Julie’s been around for a while on the Quebec music scene, playing many concerts, having put out an EP in 2010 with help from Fanny Bloom. Julie’s first full album, “Grenadine”, just came out last month. Julie’s music is varied, but her style is simple, accompanied by guitar, piano and drums, with her voice front and center, unaugmented. She’s receiving some press coverage, here’s a recent interview, where Julie names Vanessa Paradis as one of her musical influences. (Not mentioned in the article, one odd tidbit is Julie has degrees in anthropology and archeology.)
One of the songs from the “Grenadine” album, “Je Veux, Je Veux” reminded me so strongly of a young France Gall, I wondered if it was a cover (it’s not). A free download of “Saint-Flavie”, from her EP, on Bandcamp (see below). Besides “Je Veux, Je Veux”, another favorite is “Petits Mensonges” – tough to choose, as I enjoyed them all.
(Thanks David for this guestpost!)
Another nice one: