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Yann Tiersen knows no limits
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Yann Tiersen knows no limits

The astonishing Yann Tiersen has once again got himself noticed with a fifth, variegated album, Infinity. The Breton multi-instrumentalist, who took a while to shake off the legacy of “Amélie Poulain”, made a move into noise, then post-rock. With his new foray into experimental music, he told us why he turned to the UK and about his love for electronic violins.

Gaspard Royant’s vinyl revival
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Gaspard Royant’s vinyl revival

Despite being reared on a diet of Roy Orbison records and Phil Spector productions, Gaspard Royant isn’t particularly nostalgic about the sixties. With his slicked-back hair, three-piece suits and seductive stance, the singer reveres rock-soul music, and has grouped a clutch of prime hits on his 10 Hit Wonder.

Sessimè
RFI Discoveries award 2013

Sessimè

Sessimè’s afro pop-rock, laden with Beninese culture, earned the singer recognition at the 2012 Kora Awards, where she won the category “Best Female Newcomer in Africa”. This music and dance addict is now ready to conquer the international scene.

 

A mountain of Swiss talent
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A mountain of Swiss talent

The Swiss have established a foothold in the French market with artists from very different musical worlds, like the established Stephan Eicher and Sophie Hunger, newcomer Célien Schneider and media darling, Bastian Baker. More treats are in store with the first album distributed in France by rock group Mama Rosin, whose mix of Cajun, garage rock, folk and pop in French recently earned them a hero’s welcome in the UK.

Bibi Tanga & the Selenites,African heat wave
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Bibi Tanga & the Selenites,African heat wave

Bibi Tanga and his Selenites are back on track with 40° of Sunshine, a torrid album cooked up during a tour of Africa. Conjuring up memories of dance-filled bars fermented in palm toddy, the dozen tracks mark out the tempo with a flourish.

Rodolphe Burger’s Velvet Underground
French Rock

Rodolphe Burger’s Velvet Underground

Ten years ago, Rodolphe Burger borrowed the expression "This is a Velvet Underground song that I’d like to sing" from the singer Nico for a track on Meteor Show Extended. Now the alchemist of French rock is reactivating his Dernière Bande label with a new album that pays a faithful tribute to the cult group from Warhol’s Factory.

Dominique A, twenty years on
French chanson

Dominique A, twenty years on

To celebrate two decades since he released his first album, La Fossette, Dominique A is pulling out the stoppers. Along with remastered editions of his eight albums and a new album due out in March, he’ll be re-creating his seminal minimalist pop opus on stage, in partnership with Paris’s Théâtre de la Ville. One of France’s most unusual singers shares his thoughts on past and present.

 

Galaxie’s electro-rock
Music from Quebec

Galaxie’s electro-rock

The rock band Galaxie is about to touch ground in France with Tigre et diesel, an album that veers into electro. After completing a long tour and scooping up all the big prizes at the Quebec indie music awards, GAMIQ, the group’s pilot, Olivier Langevin, told us a bit about the band’s latest direction.

Yann Tiersen flies even higher
French rock

Yann Tiersen flies even higher

Yann Tiersen hits the heights with Skyline, a strident seventh album with a spacey indie-pop sound verging on post rock. The composer of the Amélie soundtrack embellishes his familiar outlandish soundscapes with some brilliant instrumental and vocal choices.

dEUS, noise and mellowness
Belgian rock

dEUS, noise and mellowness

Clearly, dEUS are still keen to explore new territories. But after a fragmented career lasting almost twenty years, what was left for the Belgian rock group of the nineties to come up with? Some better balance, perhaps, and a less frenetic rhythm, but it’s the level of ease in particular that makes Keep you close vintage dEUS. Tom Barman gave us his refreshingly frank and self-mocking take on the band’s sixth album.

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