Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Feu! Chatterton: Ginger

Delighted to see another new track from Feu! Chatterton emerge ahead of the release of their second album. Ginger following the tracks L'ivresse and Souvenir, both of which emerged towards the end of last year.

Their new album is to be titled L'oiseleur and comes out on March 9.

No video this time, but not a problem. This is a strong release, and will sit well on any album.

Their Ici Le Jour (A Tout Enseveli) debut was one of my favourite releases in recent years, an eloquent work carried off with character and style.

Les Inrocks website, an authority on such matters, described them this week as 'one of the most interesting French groups of their generation', something we could only agree with.

The prospect of a new Feu! Chatterton album really makes me thing that 2018 is quietly shaping up to be a vintage year for French music. It's just one of a number of albums by some of our favourite acts with releases scheduled over the forthcoming weeks. It's a long way from Easter and there are already three or four that I reckon could be pretty significant ready to come out.

Feu! Chatterton are touring extensively across France in March, April and May and play at the Bataclan in Paris on April 9 and 10.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Bagarre: Danser seul (ne suffit pas)

We always enjoy a bit of a Bagarre here, so it was a real pleasure to see a new video from the band emerge over the weekend.

Danser seul (ne suffit pas) is the second track to appear ahead of the release of their debut album in February.

It follows the track Béton armé which was released in November but which we featured here just the other week. We really can sometimes be that lazy.

Like all their previous videos, it's a striking piece of work. Bagarre have really an instinct for matching their brand of smart indie/electro with the absolutely correct video. Humorous, ironic and clever, without trying too hard and unafraid to make themselves look ridiculous, the tone is always absolutely right.

Their debut album Club 12345 is released on February 23, and Bagarre play La Cigale in Paris on April 10.

Dominique A: Toute latitude

A new song with a striking video by Dominique A. Toute latitude is the title track of his forthcoming album, due to be released in March.

The video by Sébastien Laudenbach is one of four that will accompany the album, the other three being released in the run-up to the album's release. The four videos for Toute latitude will fit together to a larger complete video. Laudenbach previously created the award winning animated film La jeune fille sans mains and also created the sleeve for the new album.

Toute latitude is Dominique A's 11th studio album, and it follows Éléor, released in 2015. That album featured the song Au revoir mon amour, a favourite of this blog.

Éléor built on the critical and commercial success of 2012's  Vers Les Lueurs, which saw him picking up the best male artist award at the following year's Victoire de la musique award ceremony.

Despite his long and successful career,  Dominique A is not taking it easy by any means. He said recently that following his tour for Éléor he found himself inspired by contradictory ideas for new sounds and writing. He was drawn towards rhythmic and repetitive versions of older texts, while the electric atmosphere of live performance giving him the opposing desire for melody and acoustic songs.

The consequence of this is that he's now got two albums set to come out in 2018, the first - Toute latitude - a rock album in the spring, the second - La fragilité - a more acoustic set scheduled for the autumn. There will also be two tours corresponding to the different collections.

Dominique A announced the first of these tour dates last month, and has lined up a series of shows around France in March, April and May. He has two special shows in Paris on April 14 and 15, when he plays at la Philharmonie de Paris

 Toute latitude is available from March 9.

Friday, 12 January 2018

French album covers of 2017...what's going on?

Maybe it's just my selective viewing, but there really seems to be something going on with album covers released by French solo artists over the past year or so.

Yeah, I know I'm maybe being selective, but none the less...

French, black and white, moody, solo artist released in 2017. 

Am I missing any from the set?

Bagarre - Béton armé

I missed featuring the new track Béton armé by Bagarre when it was released at the end of November, but there's plenty of reason to feature it and catch up with what they're up to.

The video is every bit as striking as the one they created for Claque-le and the song as memorable as anything they've done.

Their last major release was 2015's Musique du Club EP, a five track collection that featured not only Claque-le but also Le gouffre and Ris Pas. Like their debut Bonsoir nous sommes Bagarre EP from 2014, there's not a bad track on it.

Bagarre finally release their debut album on February 23 on Disques Enterprise, the home of some of France's finest acts including Fishbach, Moodoid and Grand Blanc.

Bagarre tour aross France from March, with a date at La Cigale in Paris on April 10. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Laura Cahen: #nightofideas at the IFRU London

A French music event worth getting in your diary if you live in London is an appearance by Laura Cahen at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni at the end of January.

Laura Cahen's album Nord was released last year, and it confirms her as a distinctive artist, with what Les Inrocks describes as a "a beautiful promise full of melancholic beauty."

Her performance in the historic reading room of the IFRU in London will be followed by a question and answer session.

Cahen is just one of the guests at the event that features international guests from a wide variety of fields, from film maker Ken Loach to astronauts Tim Peak and Thomas Pesquet, amid a large bill of writers, philosophers, scientists and politicians.

The Night of Ideas event takes place on January 25 and is free, but advance booking his required. There's more information here.

Feu! Chatterton: L'ivresse

Another new clip from Feu! Chatterton ahead of the release of their second album,

It follows the track Souvenir, which emerged at the end of November, but L'ivresse has a quite different feel to it.

L'ivresse came out just before the Christmas holiday season, giving everyone plenty of time to experience it over the last couple of weeks.

I'm a huge fan of Feu! Chatterton and the prospect of a new album from them is one of the things to look forward to in 2018.

Feu! Chatterton are touring extensively in March, April and May and play at the Bataclan in Paris on April 9 and 10.