On stage, with her long brown hair, dark eyes and sultry voice, she grips her audience within seconds. Like Lana Del Rey or Nico, Clara Luciani’s melancholy is sublime. Her off-stage, natural personality is strikingly different: she likes joking and is all smiles. She once was a collaborator of La Femme, a French band famous for their eccentric music and crazy live shows.
And then there were three. Like an Agatha Christie plot, the number of band members in Hyphen Hyphen has recently been reduced when their drummer Zac decided to leave. The former four-piece is now a trio, but their impressive energy stays the same. What with the release of their second album, HH (after the initials of their band name), in May 2018, their promotional duties and the never-ending list of tour dates during the upcoming months, the remaining members (singer Santa, guitarist Adam and bass player Line) have an eventful year ahead of them.
It has been years, even decades, since Charlotte Gainsbourg has made a name for herself. She is, of course, the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, but her impressive career (as an actress and singer) and magnetic personality have long proved that she is much more than some lucky girl whose parents are famous and inspired some of the world’s greatest songwriters (Beck, Air, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon…). Even though she remains discreet, she is one of France’s shiniest diamonds, as her latest album, Rest, proved when it was released in November 2017.