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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.

Lionel Loueke
Jazz

Lionel Loueke

As a follow-up to his 2010 album, Mwaliko, on which he married his art with the likes of Richard Bona, Angélique Kidjo and Esperanza Spalding, Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke brings us Heritage, a more electric sound that builds delicate bridges between his African homeland and the West. The result is a rich, sensitive and highly skilled collection.

Sandra Nkaké, 3D singer
Groove

Sandra Nkaké, 3D singer

Oddball musician Sandra Nkaké’s second album, Nothing for Granted, is the original sound track of her imaginary motion picture world.

French music seen from abroad March 2012
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French music seen from abroad March 2012

When times are hard, it’s tempting to plunge back into the past: Ludovic Bource and Air have been composing for silent films, Patricia Kass has done a cover of Piaf, the sixties are all the rage in Quebec, while Juliette Gréco celebrates another birthday.

Air in the moon
Electro

Air in the moon

The duo Air composed the soundtrack for the new colour version of George Méliès’ 1903 classic film Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon)

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.

Ray Lema & Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo
African music

Ray Lema & Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo

Ray Lema, the trailblazer of inventive music who’s lived in France since the early eighties, has just re-recorded thirteen of his tracks in Brazil with the Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo led by João Mauricio Galindo. The result is a meticulous rereading of a rare and eminently plural work.

Justice dip deeper into rock
French electro

Justice dip deeper into rock

Justice are keener than ever to champion their love of rock in all its forms. Their second album, Audio, Video, Disco, hits the rewind button, taking the duo towards a calmer sound that veers away from the dance floor and smacks of melancholy.

 Kora Jazz Band, trio times two
African jazz

Kora Jazz Band, trio times two

After producing three albums as a trio, the Kora Jazz Band has doubled its numbers and taken on Manu Dibango, Andy Narell and Omar Marquez for its latest collection. An album overshadowed by bereavement following the death of kora player Soriba Kouyaté a few days after recording ended.

Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains
Pop folk

Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains

With their third album, E Volo Love, Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains, continue to dish up their dreamlike, nebulous pop-folk with an aquatic focus: a kind of musical watercolour.

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