Category Archives: France

YAEL NAIM (Acoustic/Folk/Pop – France)

Yael Naim was born in Paris in 1978 but only spent the first four years of her life there. At age four she  moved to Ramat Hacharon, a small town not far from Jerusalem, with her parents, of Tunisian origin.

Singer-songwriter and pianist, Yael met percussionist David Donatien, a musician and percussion player, with whom she recorded, arranged, and produced the songs that make up her first studio release. During the 2 years they spent in a home studio in Yael’s own appartment, they created an album full of finely crafted songs sung in Hebrew, English and French. The songs mix folk and pop with delicate arrangements and a very intimate and personal sound.

Yael Naim - Pachad     

Show Yael Naim and David Donatien some love on MySpace and buy the album on Yael

saturday nite with… VILLENEUVE

The artist of the day is Villeneuve. His first album is called First Date and it’s now out worlwide.

On his debut album, Villeneuve succeeds in blending together a lot of different influences to create a very special formula that could be described as pop music for the ears of the 21st century.

Mélanie Pain, already known for her participation in Nouvelle Vague, lends her beautiful and delicate voice to Villeneuve’s songs.

Villeneuve - Oh No!     

Listen to more music on MySpace or on the official site here.

Buy the album on First

CAMILLE – LE FIL (Alternative/Acoustic/Pop – France)

Camille Dalmais, a one time political science student, made her musical debut in 2002 with Le Sac Des Filles, her first full-length album.

After taking part in the project “Nouvelle Vague”, Camille released her second album, Le Fil, in 2005 and sold over 250.000 copies in France. This conceptual album is built on one note (a “B”) that starts at the beginning of the album and goes on like a thread (le fil, in French) until the end. The songs are based essentially on voice, sounds and raw emotions is now being released in the rest of the world and it is already becoming a classic.

Camille - Au Port     

There is also a brand new live CD (EMI, 2006) where you will find a selection of tracks from Le fil and from Camille’s first album Le sac des filles.

To find out more about Camille, check out her page on MySpace or her official site. You can buy her music on Camille

GENERAL ELEKTRIKS – CLIQUETY KLIQK (Electro/Lounge/HipHop – France)

Hervé Salters is the artist behind one-man-band General Elektriks. A French keyboardist with a self-confessed passion for vintage keyboards, Hervé Salters initiated General Electrics just before moving to San Francisco. Using a computer and his oldschool keys, he started sowing together loops, Funky keyboards, light melodies and digital noises.

General Elektriks - Tu m'intrigues     

His debut, Cliquety Kliqk, was a collection of 12 retro futuristic pieces where electronica meets hip-hop and funk. The album was first released in France by Bleu Electric, then picked up by Compost for Europe and by Quannum for the US.

Aesthetically, GE is a project that refuses to be classified. A mix of vintage sounds, hip hop beats, dreamy vocals and cinematic arrangements, Cliquety Kliqk embraces all of RV’s musical addictions. Radically new yet strangely familiar, General Electrics is a breath of fresh air in your music collection.

ENCRE – FLUX (Experimental – France)

Encre

Encre is a project spearheaded by French composer / performer Yann Tambour. His entrancing pieces are built around guitar, sampled instruments and loops but feel strangely organic. Mainly instrumental, these tightly knit collages are dark pieces that conjure up melodies by great masters such as Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake.

Encre - Flux     

Flux is the second album by Encre and it includes eight atypical orchestral compositions that are the result of a careful and meticulous creative process. Immersed in this well orchestrated chaos, you might lose track of time and find yourself transported to lands you had never seen before.

Find out more about Encre on MySpace. Buy on Encre