Bruxelles-based, all-female trio Sirius Plan made quite an impression last year with their version of Bashung’s La Nuit Je Mens. Their debut album is about to be released, on first single Du Rose Dans Les Veines the girls sound like an Belgian answer to (the acoustic side of) duo Brigitte: hiphop-influenced, sultry, crystal-clear innovative pop. Which is nice.
A young and striking Sophie Huriaux at 32, filmed singing ‘L’amour, ça ne pardonne pas’, has just emerged from the INA Chansons archive.
This acoustic performance on 13 March 2002 of a song on her second album ‘Le Porte-bonheur’ reminds us that she worked her passage to success through the clubs and bars of Paris and why she is as good with a single guitar as with her four-man band of today. The occasion, the late-night TV discussion programme ‘Des mots de minuit’, reflects LGS’s own love of words and ability to play on them in her intriguing lyrics, tricking us with an English-sounding phrase in the first lines:
Ah! t´en verra d´autres ma fille
Des gars puissants avec du sex à pile
Fais attention aux marioles à chaque instant
Te fie pas à leurs bagnioles à leurs diamants
The confidence with which Sophie later dared to take on Barbara’s classic ‘Dis, quand reviendras-tu?’ with only a guitar in her 2009 album ‘Des vagues et des ruisseaux’ can be seen here. LGS discussed her view of ‘Dis, quand reviendras-tu?’ and sang it here.
‘Comme Une Pluie de Soleil is like a soft feather boa. The song slides up on you, and slowly encapsulates you. It doesn’t take you in a stronghold, but tickles, teases and makes you want to close your eyes, spread your arms, throw your head back and go with the flow of the music.’ That I wrote in 2007 (see?). Because Steve posted a track by Andréanne Martin, I thought back of Andréanne Alain. Today, she’s a vocal coach (link) and doesn’t record any more – as far as I know. Comme Une Pluie de Soleil still is, to me, one of the bestest songs ever posted on this blog. It’s not on Spotify, iTunes or Deezer, not on Youtube, not on Soundcloud or Bandcamp. There’s a bad version on Dailymotion, but that’s it. Such a shame. This track should not be forgotten.
So, because this blog is celebrating it’s 10th birthday in September, here’s a re-up. I will post mp3s of tracks that seem lost some more in the next weeks.
Yes, that’s a picture of Vanessa Paradis, and no: it’s not Nessa you hear singing on this track. But this track by Dutch producer Oeil de Moscou featuring Tess (we featured ‘m before) sure sounds Paradisian. Sultry, summery, seductive. Mmm.
Lola Dutronic (Richard & Stephanie) recorded several covers in the past years (here!here!), but never a Gainsbourg-reprise. On their new album, they’re righting that wrong with an electro-fied version of Harley Davidson. Whip-like beats, sweet vocals, sexy ad-libs, what more do you want?! Maybe a break-up song that’s titled ‘Go Fuck Yourself’? It’s there as well!
Yet more cool jazz for a hot Montréal summer’s evening!
Singer-songwriter Andréanne Martin is yet another exciting talent to burst out of the vibrant Montréal music scene. Winner in the Auteure-compositeur-interprète category at this year’s Tremplin de Dégelis (other notable winners include both Klô Pelgag and Véronique Bilodeau) as well as a Prix Sodec (from Québec’s Ministry of Culture and Communications’ Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles), she has just released her debut single “Je bégaye”, a totally infectious and summery swinging gypsy jazz infused number that you can’t but help tap along to the rhythm of the double-bass and percussion. The song also showcases Andréanne dynamic and distinctive vocals as well as serving as a teaser for her debut EP that is scheduled for release later this autumn.
But there’s far more to Andréanne’s repertoire than Jazz. Head over to her SoundCloud page for some soulful blues, hot funk (and a gorgeous riff) and beguiling chansons…
Been a while since we heard from ElodieO, but this chanteuse (who lives in New York and combines electronics with Nico-esque pop) is very much up this blog’s alley. Just listen to the title track of her new album, a compilation of remixes and oddities that will accompany her new project: “It will fuse cinema, dance, music, fashion and animation into a truly innovative, modern and unconventional musical film. elodieO received a grant from the Austrian Music Fund for the music production of the project (it was produced in Vienna’s Go East Studio, in collaboration with Robbie Ost/Dubblestandart).” Click HERE for more.
Mark Sullivan has been following Béatrice Martin’s growing confidence this year, as her third album is awaited.
When Béatrice Martin told us a year ago that she was making a new, bilingual album, it was likely that 2015 would be Coeur de Pirate’s year. And so it is proving, even though ‘Roses’ is not out until 28 August. She has already achieved a ‘double first’ – the first single to be issued contemporaneously in two language versions, and the first video in which the star performs a modern dance with a professional ballet dancer. It has been followed by revelation on stage of Béatrice’s new English-language songs. To come are festival appearances this summer, and a major tour both sides of the Atlantic running into 2016.
CdP’s video for ‘Oublie-moi’ / ‘Carry on’ , has reached 1 million hits in French, and over 360,000 in English. The Accès Illimité film of how the dance video was shot, in November 2014 at the atmospheric St Raphael’s Church Ruins, South Glengarry County, Ontario, 60 km west of Montreal, is here.
The choreographer Nico Archambault, and the principal ballet dancer Sam Colbey, are with Les Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. The film while short shows well how Béatrice has outdistanced the general run of pop performers’ videos by learning real modern dance herself, and doing it well. (The second half of the video shows her being taught in the Ballet Company’s studio).
The launch of the single on ‘La Voix’ on 5 April (with parts of ‘Place de la Republique’ and ‘Comme des Enfants’) is here. Béatrice dared to introduce her major new song by having the competitors sing it with her. You cannot imagine anyone else doing that, but it works.
A live performance of ‘Carry on’ did not however take place for another 6 weeks. Béatrice cleverly chose the CBC Music Festival, at Echo Beach, Toronto on 23 May 2015, to reveal her new English-language songs. Her performance was broadcast live by CBC radio but not available outside Canada then, and we have had to wait (more expectation) until 3 July when good quality film of her and her band made it to the internet. Ron Skinner of CBC Radio 2’s blog about her set is here.
This isn’t all. Just posted is Béatrice’s Collective Arts Black Box Session, filmed in Toronto in June. It presents a different version of ‘Carry on’, and a song not filmed at Echo Beach, ‘The Way back Home’ – played on keyboard, with a single guitar and backing singer
The quality is excellent and the short interview is classic CdP in English – charming and succinct. As usual every word she says is worth listening to.
Meanwhile, Béatrice has kept her French audiences expectant for this summer’s festivals by turning in a new solo version now on-line of ‘Oublie-moi’ on 3 July at the studio of the newspaper ‘Le Parisien’ and a nice version of her 2010 Victoires de la Musique winner, ‘Comme des enfants’.
The rugby scrum of journalists watching her at RTL’s studio on 6 July, singing ‘Crier tout bas’ with her leading musician Renaud Bastien on acoustic guitar, shows (despite the poor sound) how the press interest in the world’s most talented 25-year-old is as great as ever.
And Béatrice has published a clear photo at last of her daughter Romy (now nearly 3), mimicking her mother with a microphone. It’s on her twitter here.
We may now have most of her new English-language songs. ‘Crier tout bas’ whets the appetite for as-yet-unrevealed ones in French.