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Françoiz Breut


Country of origin:

France

Type of music generally:

Low-key indie folk

Status:

Most recent release, La chirurgie des sentiments (2012)

See also:

Françoiz Breut's site (in English et en français)

Wikipedia's entry on Françoiz Breut

Françoiz Breut's MySpace page

Comparisons:

Coralie Clément, Stereolab

Covers/own material:

Mostly covers; occasional co-writing

General comments:

Françoiz Breut's sound feels quintessenially French: low key, simple yet sophisticated, and a little world weary. Her overall sound is a kind of moody indie/alt folk. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Un saison volée is my favourite of the three I've heard. (Neile)

Recordings:


Françoiz Breut

Release info:

1997—Lithium (France)

Availability:

France

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of low-key folk/pop

Group members:

Françoiz Breut—vocals

Guest artists:

Domique Ané—guitars, bass, keyboards
Sacha Toorop—drums on 4 tracks, guitar on 1 track, bass on 1 track
Dominique déprel—guitar on 2 tracks
Piet Marino Smelle—drums on 1 track, percussion on 1 track
Arcangelo Tornovene—trumpet and bugle on 1 track
Jean-Pierre Barboux—cello on 1 track
Gilles Martin—samples on 2 tracks

Produced by:

Dominique Ané and Françoise Breut with Dominique Brusson, Olivier Gruml, Gill Marlin and Sacha Toorop.

Comments:

This is a moody and calm album. If it were a smile, it would be straight with only a hint of a quirk to indicate the mood. Françoiz Breut has a rich, smooth that seems a touch world-weary. My favourite track here is "Motus" where she does a kind of duet with a male vocalist and her vocal plays against his, giving the song extra zip. (Neile)

Vingt á trente mille jours

Release info:

2000—Labels/Virgin France

Availability:

France

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of low-key folk/pop

Group members:

Françoiz Breut—vocals

Guest artists:

Dave Marcel—guitars (1-4, 6, 7, 9-14); moog (5); electric guitar (5, 8); "piano bastringue" (8); banjo (7, 11); coeurs de bucherons (9); piano, harmonium (13)
Gaëtan Rabbits—bass (1-3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12); drums (5); coeurs de bucherons (9)
Sacha Toorop—drums (1-13); percussion (7); coeurs de bucherons (9)
Budapest Symphony Orchestra—strings (1, 2, 10, 12-14); horns (2)
Luc Rambo—piano (4); organ (7, 9, 11, 13); vibraphone (9)
Yann Tiersen—vibraphone (4, 6, 13, 14); violins (11)
Katrine—acoustic guitar, vocals (5); coeurs de bucherons (9)
F. Lor—drums (5); coeurs de bucherons (9)
Joey Burns—vocals (7)
Jérôme Minière—programming, acoustic guitar (8)

Comments:

Again, moody and calm with moments of quirk: "La Chanson d'Hélène" could almost be a Pram tune. "La Verre Pilé" is particularly compelling. (Neile)

Une saison volée

Release info:

2005—Olympic Disk

Availability:

France

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of low-key folk/pop

Group members:

Françoiz Breut—vocals

Guest artists:

Luc Rambo—organ, synths, piano, sampling, percussion, keyboards, vibraphone, wurlitzer, synth bass
Boris Gronemberger—guitars, sequencer, synths, percussion, vibraphone, trumpet, additional drumsbacking vocals
Sasha Toorop—drums, percussion, banjo,acoustic guitar, slide guitar, rhythm sequences, jalopy
Joey Burns—bass; vocals (3)
Sandrina Collard—backing vocals (5)
Mathieu Pichon—guitars (14)
Anthony Taillard—guitars (15)

Comments:

With the stronger synth sound, this reminds me frequently of the lighter moments of Stereolab, especially such tracks as "La Vie Devant Soi". Une saison volée also seems to have a greater variation in tone than the previous albums. As in previous albums, I am drawn to the duets, even when she duets with herself. This album has several short instrumental "intro" bits that feel a little odd—I'm not sure how these function as part of the whole being created here. But what I am certain of is that anyone who likes low-key folk/pop will enjoy this album. (Neile)

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