Carly Sings

Carly Blackman, the girl with the hazel eyes, kind of promised that on her next album she’d sing a few French songs. But if you go here, you can listen to the next album in progress. But no French songs. FransS, who provides me and you with great French music, filed an official complaint. And Carly gave in. She writes: “Hey your friend convinced me to send you this French song after lamenting the absence of any on my new demo album, on Soundcloud. So here is this demo i made, in 2009 called “J’ai Envie”. It was produced by Remi Alexandre, who plays guitar for the French band Syd Matters. And it was inspired by a famous songwriter who i cannot mention!” Now, who do you think that ‘famous songwriter’ is?

Carly Sings – J’ai envie

Carly Sings (Elli & Jacno)

Everytime I see pictures of Carly Blackman (aka Carly Sings), I think: girl, interrupted. She’s gorgeous, but in a fatalistic way. She exploits this quality in her slightly disturbing songs. That breathy voice, described before as a cross between El Perro del Mar and Inara George, makes the picture perfect, but with sharp edges. Carly was born in Ireland, went to school in Lyon and works from Paris, she writes songs in English and French. And sings the latter with a sensual, Blossom Dearie-like accent. She discovered the work of Elli & Jacno last november, she told me in an email, and decided to record the happy/sad Je t’aime tant  (see video here). A new album is coming up, and should include songs arranged by J-C Vannier. A new song is out now, see the very beautiful video here. There will be French songs on that new album as well.

Carly Sings – Je t’aime tant
Elli & Jacno – Je t’aime tant