Guestpost! Steve on Chantal (again):

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…

Written by guuzbourg

French girls, singing. No, sighing. Making me sigh. Ah.