Tag: France

  • Venus Berry – Shibari

    This is perhaps the coldest of cold wave releases I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing.  Venus Berry is the nom de plume of Anouk Allard, who is not only a musician but has a background in visual art.  Her style covers not only the aforementioned cold wave which the French seemed to dominate during […]

  • Suzanne Belaubre – (DIY)

    Suzanne Belaubre – (DIY)

    Record label and magazine La Souterraine offer the best indie music coming out of France these days.  Their latest release by Suzanne Belaubre is bound to be a cold wave masterpiece. The tracks are short and the production is excellent, if sparse.  That sparseness works well with the music, and it gives the music an […]

  • Ghost Rhythms – Imaginary Mountains

    The French band Ghost Rhythms live up to their name.  The beats are pretty wild on this one. This release sets between avant-progressive, Canterbury, and some of the freakier excursions of late-period King Crimson.  Perhaps Samla Mammas Manna and their side-projects could also make good reference points. Very engaging listening, especially if you like time […]

  • Martin Chilton – Michel Petrucciani Overcame Enormous Odds To Become A World-Renowned Pianist

    Martin Chilton at udiscovermusic.com writes on the difficult life and masterful playing of pianist Michel Petrucciani.  A worthy read, which you can access here.

  • Julien Bigorgne – Monades

    Julien Bigorgne is a flautist working out of Paris, France, who also happens to be an oud player. The music on this album is filmic, a soundtrack to a non-existent film. The music walks the line between soundtrack compositions of Yann Tiersen, jazz and world music (such a nebulous term, but until I find a […]