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The Chanteuse


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The Chanteuse


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The Chanteuse is a British singer reinterpreting the work of French artistes from her own anglophone, francophile perspective. 'Les Oiseaux reviennent', and 'L'Aspire-à-cœur', the first two singles off her debut album, The Chanteuse sings Modiano, are available to listen/download on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer and SoundCloud . The full album will be out in October, 2017.

The Chanteuse wrote her Oxford University master’s dissertation on the work of Patrick Modiano and this record is a loving tribute to Modiano and the songs to which he penned the paroles.

'THE CHANTEUSE SINGS MODIANO' 
album launch with Manchester Collective
Friday, 13th October, 2017
Salford Trinity Church, M3 7WQ

 

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The Chanteuse

Les Oiseaux revienneNt


The Chanteuse

The Chanteuse sings modiano


out in October on digital, cd and vinyl

The Chanteuse sings modiano


out in October on digital, cd and vinyl

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It is little known that celebrated French author, Patrick Modiano (Nobel Prize, 2014), penned exquisite lyrics for some of the famous yé-yé recording artists in the late 60s/early 70s.  This is an album of those songs and the culmination of a labour of love for The Chanteuse:  She has painstakingly unearthed, dusted off and recorded a collection of this significant writer’s songs.

Musically, the songs encapsulate that iconic post-Mai ‘68 period when Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson, with its unmistakable Gallic bravado, ruled the radio waves.  Yéyé superstars, such as Francoise Hardy, and be-sequinned torch singers, such as Régine, both recorded Modiano’s songs. 

Over time, these recordings have become so highly collectable and difficult to track down that they have been afforded an almost mythical status.  Gathered and lovingly re-recorded here, this album provides a unique collection that spans multiple genres from psychedelic, yéyé, ballad and avant-rock to jazz, bossa and manouche, gypsy folk.

From a literary perspective, these songs stand as early encapsulations of some of the main themes of Modiano’s oeuvre.  Lyrically, they’re unequivocally ‘Modianesque’, a term in French that has come to mean something or someone mysterious and uncertain that holds secrets that either need to be uncovered or that will, eventually, reveal themselves.

You can buy the digital singles and album (on CD and white vinyl)

Tickets are on sale now for the official Friday, 13th October launch show at Sacred Trinity, Salford. BUY TICKETS.

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