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Sunday, January 01, 2017

music of the year

here is the list of all my favourite music from 2016.  in summary it's my usual mix of melancholy french music and pulsating scandinavian pop!

there has been some fantastic music, some disappointments, some music i've appreciated but not fallen for and lots of e.p.s.  

please get in touch if you have anything to recommend to me- 
i feel like there must be some great french music that has passed me by!

so, in no particular order...

music of the year

LALEH - KRISTALLER
a mix of english and swedish language songs. she co-wrote adam lamberts 'welcome to the show' but her solo version on here is far superior. if the title track had a video i'd have posted that but instead i'll post the song which first grabbed my attention (love singing along 'BA! BA!)

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TOVE LO - LADY WOOD
the word "fuck" in every track, great songwriting, honest, taking pop music to another level.
 and she found time to masturbate on film(!)

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music of the year

CHARLOTTE RAMPLING - LES GRAINS DE SABLE
released in 2010 but only discovered by me this time last year - this album is probably my most played album of the year. wonderful on every level, every song is great. her speaking/singing captures everything i imagine her to be like. i cannot recommend this enough

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MEDINA - WE SURVIVE
the queen of danish gloom-pop returned triumphantly, this time with an english language album (as opposed to her usual danish release followed up by an english version). it's a shame she seemed to get sidetracked after one single release. this meant the best song 'liquid courage' never got the chance to become a huge hit (gaga would kill for this song).

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MARIE AMELIE SEIGNER - M.A.S.  e.p.
she just snuck in at the end of the year - it's been a long wait since her last album from 2010 and this e.p.carries on exactly where that left off. there's been no change in style or sound - just reassuringly wonderful

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FIREFOX AK - A NEW SHAPE e.p.
this is everything really good scandinavian pop should be - bubbling electro synths, hypnotic loops, interesting lyrics, steel drums (a nod to the knife surely?). a welcome return after a 5 year absence. and 'heart of mine' has been played a lot in my house/car/phone

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RAPHAELE LANNADERE - L
her previous album (initiale) is a classic. this album wasn't quite as good as i was anticipating but there are still some excellent songs on here and definitely worth checking out. 
her voice is gorgeous too. 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

happy christmas

a real treat to be able to share this with you all (well, whoever still bothers to visit!)


for more claudine get to loveclaudine

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

celebrate...it would be so nice

i like polnareff. i love sylvie. put them together and you get what must be one of my most favourite french songs ever. i'm so sad to find no video of her performing it :(

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

O.S.T. J.O.Y

a nice little surprise of a song that turned up mid way through 'le refuge'

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

salut mon ami !

i only ever mention another blog if it is really, really good so it brings me a lot of pleasure to tell you that after a long hiatus that spiked candy has returned to entertain us with her (mostly) french sixties obsession. it's got great articles, top playlists and some great new videos of chantal k, chantal g and stella. check it out :) 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

golden slumbers

i was listening to the ever wonderful 1992 vanessa paradis album for the first time in while today and was reminded of what a great song 'silver and gold' is - and that last line just makes it

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

walk this way

LIA PAMINA - SYCAMORE TREE
the much anticipated album from lia is just about to drop. so far, her appreciation and understanding of all the music we love (claudine, france, nancy, twinkle, jeanette) has shone through so brilliantly on the songs she's released or made available on youtube. so her album has a lot to live up to...!
the first song released 'walking away' was understated and heartfelt, the second song 'sycamore tree' sees lia channelling her inner claudine longet - it's cute, genuine and most of all not a pastiche. i can't wait for the album (pleased to see 'party in the night' will be on it too)

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

good and bad news

GOOD - i've been waiting for this to surface for a few years..and finally, here it is!!! the feature length documentary on vashti bunyan. just discovered it just now so not watched it yet :)
BAD - i've also just read that her last album "heartleap"  will definitely be her last - OH NO :(

UPDATE - after having watched it i was blown away by some of the clips of vashti when she was travelling in her gypsy caravan - this is such a good film. i highly recommend it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIw3SQf4vtw

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

cute france gall

ahhhhh - i love this little tune. very cute. alka balbir does a nice version on her album too

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

she stole my moves!

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twiggy twiggy twiggy oi oi oi !


this was an answer to a quiz that was just on tv (i got the answer correct of course- would you expect any less?!) and it made me wonder if a video existed- and there are a few performances :) enjoy

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

best group ever

it has to be said, the orchids are the best girl group ever. 
i have 3 of their 7" singles but never managed to find oo-chang-a-lang (alhtough it's available on cd) and i know there's a few other songs they recorded that so far have not seen the light of day. surely some record company needs to remaster and reissue all of them?

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

let the sun shine in



i had totally forgotten about this song! which is so ridiculous of me because - what a tune! 
must try to play it more :)

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