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.

Written by guuzbourg

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