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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
Revelation

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.

 

Vanessa Paradis, always love
French chanson

Vanessa Paradis, always love

Following Gainsbourg and -M-, it’s Benjamin Biolay’s turn to work with Vanessa Paradis. The double album Love Songs serves up 20 wildly romantically tracks on love and break-ups. It marks a successful comeback for the ex-Lolita turned talented mature pop star. RFI Musique talked to Ms Paradis about her partnership with Biolay, the early years, her complicated relationship with the media… and love. Always love.

 Phoenix rides the crisis
French pop

Phoenix rides the crisis

The four boys from Versailles have left their guitars and carefree tunes to one side and revamped their sound. Bankrupt! might come as a surprise to anyone used to the Phoenix pop style.

A mountain of Swiss talent
Panorama

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
New release

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.

Absynthe Minded
Belgian pop

Absynthe Minded

A more accessible fifth album from Belgian group Absynthe Minded, As It Ever Was, offers up some solid, radio-friendly pop, with a few welcome forays into jazz and klezmer.

Captain Kid, melodic clarity
French Pop

Captain Kid, melodic clarity

Captain Kid, a Parisian, has released his first album 67 songs on Discograph label. The album is beautifully sculptured pop, hewn by an architect of sound, Julien Ribot.

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.

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