Hier, aujourd’hui, demain

helenanoWith her second album Azul, Belgian chanteuse/ actress Helena Noguerra was rivaling Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto in terms of the most easygoing bossa nova lounge style record of the last decade. Now, eleven years later, Noguerra’s back again with her fifth outing Année Zéro, realized with the help of a few prominent friends, among them actress Anna Mouglalis (the Gréco from Gainsbourg: Vie Héroique), Helena’s sister Lio and Syd Matters frontman Jonathan Morali. The true work of an artiste-auteur (Noguerra wrote and composed most of the songs herself), Année Zéro is an elegant and worthwhile, though at times a bit uneven pop exploration. It also features one of the most beautiful chansons of some years to come: Appelle moi, written in collaboration with her ex-husband Katerine, a heartbreaker of a song about yesterday, today, and forever.

Helena Noguerra – Appelle Moi

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