Living in France, albeit only for a year, left me enamoured with the culture, something that I doubt will ever falter. From hearing French people speak on the train, to always ordering cuisse de grenouille every time i see it on a menu, from watching nouvelle vague cinema to listening to a song by Charles Aznavour.
A recent French musical talent who has been the soundtrack to the darker aspects of my life over the last two years is Emilie Simon.
Her album Végétal was introduced to me in 2006 by a friend in Barcelona. Following this, I bought every track that she had ever recorded including the score to the 2005 documentary film La Marche de l’empereur/March of the Penguins (vérsion francaise).
Her icy darkness, trip-hop electro eccentricities and captivating beauty redefine her as French composer/solo artist and marketed correctly and with a high-profile collaboration on the next album, she could be set to be the next Bjork.
Her live performances (although I am yet to see one in person) and music videos, are beyond enchanting and visually outstanding.
Emilie Simon’s untitled third studio album is set for release this year, more information at: www.emiliesimon.com