US singer-songwriter Natalie Bergman has just released "Keep Those Teardrops From Falling", a follow-up EP to her debut solo album "Mercy" on Jack White's prestigious label Third Man Records. She tells Marjorie Hache why writing this gospel folk music was cathartic following her father's death and about taking her music on the road. We also check out new tracks by Sting, Tanzania's SinaUbi Zawose and Beyoncé.
Hailing from Belgium and Cameroon, singer-songwriter Lubiana plays the kora, an ancestral West African instrument traditionally played exclusively by men. She's just released her first album "Beloved", mixing upbeat pop and afro tunes. She tells FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot about how playing the kora helped her reconnect with her roots and embrace her mixed heritage.
Hailing from the Netherlands, artist Tessa Douwstra performs under the name Luwten, which means "a place without wind" in Dutch. Her music channels traditional indie songwriting through a kaleidoscope of modern pop and experimental R&B. She recently released her second LP entitled "Draft", which features 11 complex and well-crafted tracks. She tells FRANCE 24’s Florence Villeminot about wanting to writing about the transition from introspection to a more outward-focused life.
Quebec-based singer-songwriter Hubert Lenoir shot onto the scene with his debut solo album "Darlène", a glam rock psychedelic postmodern opera that was shortlisted for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize. He’s back with a very personal sophomore album entitled "PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe". This musical autobiography is a tribute to the "cinéma direct" movement, which started in Québec at the end of the 1950s.
8 May 2021
In 2015, childhood friends Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier formed the neo-soul duo "Her". The band enjoyed a successful run on the French music scene but Carpentier tragically passed away in 2017, just before the release of the band's self-titled debut LP. After leading a tour for the record, Victor Solf decided to move on. He's just released his first solo album in his name, entitled "Still. There's Hope". He tells FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot about his desire to celebrate life and why he decided to go solo.
21 Nov 2020
Katy J Pearson nearly gave up on music and songwriting after being burnt out by a major record label which had picked up the band she'd formed with her brother when she was in her late teens. Luckily for us, the urge to make music overruled all of this and she took her time to write "The Return", a debut solo album filled with American pop and lo-fi folk. Marjorie Hache caught up with her to find out more. We also check out new music from Wizkid, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Petit Biscuit.
27 Oct 2020
Some 24 years ago, American alternative rock band The Eels released the song "Novocaine For The Soul", leading them into music charts across the world and making them hot favourites among indie lovers. Over the years they've continued to craft beautiful, sensitive pop songs and rock out on tour. Although live shows may be on hold for now because of Covid-19, the band are this week releasing "Earth To Dora": a thirteenth studio album which features their trademark melancholy pop tones as well as cheerleading bangers. We caught up with frontman Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, to find out more.
8 Sep 2020
Franco-Iranian-Egyptian artist Lafawndah released her first EP four years ago on prestigious electro label Warp. She's since been perfecting her gorgeous mix of traditional and electronic music and is back this week with her second album "The Fifth Season". She tells about some of the influences that contributed to the making of this new offering and the nine-minute short feature film that was used to accompany it.
4 Mar 2020
After a seven-year break, Denmark's Efterklang are back and currently touring their latest album and EP which are full of synth folk sung in their native tongue. They popped by the FRANCE 24 studios to discuss recording in France and touring despite the coronavirus epidemic. We also discuss new releases by Noel Gallagher's "High Flying Birds", Anna Calvi and Lady Gaga.
14 Dec 2019
Paris may be far away from the big waves that draw surfers, but it's still home to a small surf music scene. If you like Dick Dale and the Beach Boys, you will no doubt enjoy The Wave Chargers, a four piece who have just released their first album. Francis Viel and Samy The Kay from the band stopped by to tell us more about the genre and how they keep their music authentic. We also check out new releases by British rapper Stormzy and former One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, who are both releasing th
5 Apr 2019
Music show: Lisa Ekdahl, Lee Fields & the Expressions and Weyes Blood.