Tess Merlot

Beautiful Tess, Holland’s finest contribution to classic French chanson, made an ode the The Hague, her hometown near the sea. It came out as radiant as her smile:

Parfait Ete 2021

For more than 10 years, I make a summery playlist with French music. And always the same missspelling in the title, just because I can. Here’s the latest, with mostly new tracks (Clara Luciani, De Flore, Alfa Rococo, Leslie Medina, etc) and one classic Francoise Hardy. Find it HERE

Clara Luciani

Earlier this year, we were treated to the neo-disco vibes of L’Imperatrice. Now Coeur, the new (second) album by Clara Luciani also asks for neon lights and shiny pants. Sainte-Victoire, Luciani’s debut, was more hard-edged alt.pop with pushy basslines, this time she’s gone a tad softer, more strings, more synths and more slows. Her husky voice was always a dead ringer for Francoise Hardy, and it still works that way. Either in ballads (Sad & Slow), or mid-tempo disco-tracks like La Place, which brings back memories to Hardy-tracks like V.I.P.. Au Revoir, the album closer, is her take on Jane Birkin/Melody Nelson.

No, don’t think Luciani’s a copycat. She has her own style, her songs (Respire Encore, titletrack, Le Reste) are VERY good. It’s more that Clara knows where she’s coming from and makes it all her own.

Le Couleur

When summer comes, Le Couleur brings a great let’s get to the beach-tune: