Last August, tragedy struck the French band Her. Simon Carpentier, one half of the duo, passed away after years fighting cancer. He was 27. Victor Solf, Her’s other half, posted a deeply moving message on their Facebook page: "Simon was my best friend, my colleague, my brother in arms. Together we made a promise. We promised to continue step by step on this incredible adventure. Today I carry his legacy within me and it is my wish, as well as the wish of the entire Her team, to continue to bring our music along as far as possible." The summer tour carried on in an emotionally-charged atmosphere.
Reconciling death metal with trip-hop and baroque music: an impossible mission? The answer is yes, at least for most people, but Gautier Serre (the mastermind of Igorrr) is no ordinary musician. Based in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand, he is a producer, a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist music lover and a free spirit who dares to do what others don’t.
Don’t dismiss Lomepal as just another European rapper. The Parisian likes to take the opposing side, and he’s never where you’d expect him to be. The eclectic artist cites The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas as one of his main influences, and his desire to avoid ...
Cécile Schott has been making music under the alias Colleen since the early 2000s. Her sixth album, the wonderful A flame my love, a frequency, was released last October on Thrill Jockey. This American independent label has always been fond of experimental artists, but not many (if any) French musicians have had the privilege of joining the roster.
François Marry, the singer, songwriter and leader of Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains, likes travelling and so does his music. A lot of different influences can be heard in the songs that he has been creating since the early 2000s: the French ‘chanson’ tradition, African rhythms, oriental spices, sophisticated pop, avant-garde experimentations and funky grooves.