Benjamin Biolay & Clara Luciani

The new Biolay/Luciani duet Santa Clara is out. It is a great post-summer, danceable track:

It is not the first time Ben en Clara teamed up. This is when they covered Bardot & Gainsbourg (live, sound’s not very good alas):

This is them duetting on Chere Inconnue, from Biolay’s debut album:

Here’s Ben & Clara paying tribute to Michel Legrand (Chanson de Delphine):

Fleur

Dutch retro-yeye queen Fleur is releasing new album, this is the first single:

Le Capharnaum means ‘giant mess’, by the way.

Marine Quéméré

Marine debuted in 2015 with a sweet, gentile, soulful EP, then took her time to grow up artistically (I guess). It took a while before she returned to the scene, but this new single is AMAZING. Well worth the wait. She wrote and produced the track by herself.

Mezzanine

Mezzanine is French quartet, that label themselves as ‘soft music from higher grounds.’ It’s leisurely, includes the cristaline voiced Marine and probably sounds best when the sun hits the sky, and doing things is not an option. Lay back, relax, listen to the 5-track.

Isobel Campbell

Many moons ago I wished for a full French album by Isobel Campbell. And tho that wish hasn’t been granted yet, ‘Paris n’existe pas’ by Son Parapluie sure helps. Son Parapluie = Jerome Didelot, he of Orwell, and together with Jah Wobble and others he made an album that brings back the heydays of Hardy, Birkin & Gainsbourg, and Barouh. It’s sweet and agreable, but fans of this blog have heard more, and better. Still, it’s ms. Campbell in French:

Zaho de Sagazan

What if….chansonniere Barbara sang the theme to Netflix-series Stranger Things? It might sound like Zaho de Sagazan, a rising star in French music. She released two singles on Spotify, this one is the most recent. And yes, I tend to post singers with less powerful vocal chords than Zaho, but this track is as sultry and mesmerizing as anything. (Hat tip to Sami Mehaddi)