Another nice one:
Mafia Douce by French band Pendentif is the album I’ve been playing the most this summer. It’s released on September 24, which seems an odd date for a summer fresh album that this is, but then agan it is also excellent material for reminiscing about great summer days. Recent and from the past. Pendentif hail from Bordeaux, they were featured here before. ‘American beaches and chilly English winds’ are their main influences. So are Lio, Pavement and films by Jacques Rozier. The combination of Cindy Callède’s husky voice and the clear guitaristic needlework is highly charming. Jerricane (see video) is one of my favourite tracks, oh la la la.
Pendentif is a quartet from Bordeaux, who invited Cindy Callede on their first single, Riviera. That song’s also on their debut-EP, released in May. Their stylo is sunny, inna Californian stylee, with strong guitar-melodies and early 80’s synths. Comparisons with Phoenix, The Shoes and The Bewitched Hands are understandable. I’m posting Riviera here, but Cindy also sings on the wonderfully titles God saves La France.
Moziimo‘s (‘avec un Z comme Zorro and deux I comme zizi’) real name is Mélodie Orru, and like Pendentif she likes to add synths and 80s references to her music. Hippie chic, music mag Serge called her. You’ll get the picture when you see, er, these pictures. She just released an EP with songs that refer to Camille (the minimal approach) and Jeanne Cherhal (in the more upbeat tracks, like ‘Je voudrais etre une fleuve‘. On ‘Viens dans mon chateau’, Arthur H is a duo-partner. The single Sour & Gold is in English.
Pendentif – Riviera
Moziimo & Arthur H – Viens dans mon chateau
January 17 marks the 70th birthday of Françoise Hardy, the mother of all filles sourires. The next few weeks, we’re going to pay tribute to Françoise by guestpostings, special covers and whatnot.
This is a guestpost on their favourite FH-chanson by French band (and FS-fave) Pendentif:
“We like Françoise Hardy for the romanticism, this sweet melancholy about her person. There’s this very French edge to her, this icy beauty that you see in actrices such as Catherine Deneuve or Isabelle Huppert.
Her lyrics echo a sense of universal purity, the idea of going back to the origins, to what is most important after all: the birth of a great love, the origins of the world.
This song is really one of the best in its genre, with Serge Gainsbourg writing over the instrumental of the original track “It’s hurts to say goodbye”. Gainsbourg masters brilliantly the technique of rejection, by stressing the beat drop with the syllables “ex” and with added spoken words. The song was released early 1969, the erotic year or l’année érotique as the French say!”
When starting to think about 2013, my first thought was that it wasn’t a good year at all. No highlights, disappointments, a meager year in the FS history.
I listened to everything again and started making a shortlist, with about 20 names. And then the other year lists appeared. 42 different names (!) of which only 10 made my shortlist….
Maybe 2013 wasn’t that bad overall, and can we hail 2013 in the future as one of the most diverse years in FS history.
So apologies to Vanessa Paradis, Pendentif, and Laurence Hélie who were bubbling under, but here’s a yearlist with a lot of new names…
10. Carla Bruni – Little French Songs
Comeback album of the former French First Lady. All political fuzz set aside, it’s still Carla Bruni, people!
09. Marilou – Au Milieu De Mon Écart
08. Ottilie – La Histoires d’O2 – XIIII
Belgian singer with a special album, that stayed a bit under the radar. See more here
07. Sarah Olivier – Pink Galina
06. Ariane Brunet – Fusée
05. Sophie Maurin – Sophie Maurin
04.Sally Folk – Confection
03. Angèle David-Guillou – Kourouma
02. Riff Cohen – A Paris Surprising album. the title song (here) makes me happy everytime I hear it.
01. The Limiñanas – Costa Blanca
Gainsbourg with guitars.. Wonderful album! (and in january they will come to Holland. Wonder how the will perform life!)
[couldn’t find a clip of their neiw album, so here is an older one!]