Ëda Diaz

Something different, but something really beautiful now, this French track by French-Colombian bassist Ëda Diaz. Suave Bruta is her debut-album, with a modern feel (electronics, samples, etc) but nods to the great Afro-Colombian musical tradition too. Check out the catcy Al Pelo, to get a good taste. Really colourful album. The last song is a slow burner in French:

Joe la Panic

Paola Frankel, actress, singer, is Joe la Panic. She released an album in 2022 that had a slow jam/soul vibe. This new single is more in the realms of the neon-coloured Videoclub retro-80s synth pond. Still soulful, too. I like to see where this going:

Lonny

So, in 2021, we said, hey, there’s this singer called Lonny, she’s from Quebec, oops, no, she’s from France, and she’s an artist to watch. Keep track of Lonny! And then, we didn’t follow our own advice. So now, in 2024, we have to catch up. Lonny released an album (Ex-Voto, on Bandcamp HERE), and an EP, with reworked versions of song on her debut album, live tracks, demo’s. Her sultry, yet powerful voice is something else. There’s classic chanson in her voice, deep Americana and Stereolab’ish experiment. This is my favorite new track:

The guitars, the ethereal vibe of this song, reminded me of this Filles Sourires fave by Lisa Portelli:

De Flore

Sultry electronic bossanova by Canadian bedroom-pop duo De Flore:

Barbara Rivage

First feature on this blog for Rennes-based duo Barbara Rivage. They released several singles and EPs, that were interesting. This new track (video might be coming up) stands out. There’s a slight Françoise Hardy influence, synthpop, a cool groove and nice musical details. Might not be the first time BR will be featured here:

Bonnie Banane

This was recommended to me as a track with Les Rita Mitsouko vibes. Say no more (and yes, it’s true)

Beyries

First feature on this blog for Canadian singer Beyries. Her albums are mostly in English, with scattered French songs. This new track is a French duet with Albin de la Simone. It’s a tender ballad, fragile (of course), just a good song:

Hardy is 80

Today is the 80th birthday of the Grande Dame of French pop music, ms Françoise Hardy. It’s a bitter sweet birthday; if you follow the news about her, you know her health is very poor. Earlier this month, she wrote a plea to president Macron about allowing euthanasia for people who suffer without relief.

That said, her music is still very much alive. She’s been a true force of French pop, and while she’s best known for her lovelorn, autumny ballads, there’s a joyous, danceable side too. That’s not getting that much attention. It’s not her best side, but songs like ‘Jukebox’, ‘VIP’, ‘Viens’ from masterpiece ‘La Question’ and the sultry big city soul of ‘J’écoute la musique saoûle’ are underrated.

Here is playlist with her bestest danceable songs, with a few remixes too.