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24 juillet 2015

Filles Sourires 24 juillet 2015 à 15h34min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/re-up-andreanne-alain

Re-Up : Andréanne Alain

Andr - Comme Une Pluie de Soleil - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/andreanne.mp3

‘Comme Une Pluie de Soleil is like a soft feather boa. The song slides up on you, and slowly encapsulates you. It doesn’t take you in a stronghold, but tickles, teases and makes you want to close your eyes, spread your arms, throw your head back and go with the flow of the music.’ That I wrote in (...)


25 janvier 2015

Filles Sourires 25 janvier 2015 à 19h45min
1 vote

http://fillessourires.com/2015-annee-erotique

2015 Année Erotique

Sebwax - Serge Est Encore L - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/sebwaxserge.mp3

Sebwax is one of the regulars of formidable bootlegger hideaway BootlegsFR who also participated in La Masheillaise; the guy has a quite rewarding website as well. His amalgam of French hip-hoppers NTM and Gainsbourg’s „Je t’aime“ is as fresh in 2015 as it was when released two years ago. Sebwax – (...)


Filles Sourires 25 janvier 2015 à 19h45min
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http://fillessourires.com/2015-annee-erotique

2015 Année Erotique

Harry J All Stars - Je t'aime - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/harryjaime.mp3

Sebwax is one of the regulars of formidable bootlegger hideaway BootlegsFR who also participated in La Masheillaise; the guy has a quite rewarding website as well. His amalgam of French hip-hoppers NTM and Gainsbourg’s „Je t’aime“ is as fresh in 2015 as it was when released two years ago. Sebwax – (...)


Filles Sourires 25 janvier 2015 à 19h45min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/2015-annee-erotique

2015 Année Erotique

Alain Ravaillac - Discométèque - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/alaindisco.mp3

Sebwax is one of the regulars of formidable bootlegger hideaway BootlegsFR who also participated in La Masheillaise; the guy has a quite rewarding website as well. His amalgam of French hip-hoppers NTM and Gainsbourg’s „Je t’aime“ is as fresh in 2015 as it was when released two years ago. Sebwax – (...)


30 décembre 2014

Filles Sourires 30 décembre 2014 à 20h02min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7767

Best of 2014 (part 8)

http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/08 XXX.mp3

Gee. Last year’s choice was an easy one, crisp, inspiring, animating. But 2014? Maybe I’ve missed out on the really wow albums and songs, but … Salome? Nope. Coralie? Naah. Even Vanessa C. sounded like she caught the more-of-the-same disease, and Stéf Lapointe’s Les amours parallèles was, sorry, (...)


Filles Sourires 30 décembre 2014 à 20h02min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=7767

Best of 2014 (part 8)

Fredda - Tr - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/freddatraeume.mp3

Gee. Last year’s choice was an easy one, crisp, inspiring, animating. But 2014? Maybe I’ve missed out on the really wow albums and songs, but … Salome? Nope. Coralie? Naah. Even Vanessa C. sounded like she caught the more-of-the-same disease, and Stéf Lapointe’s Les amours parallèles was, sorry, (...)


11 décembre 2014

Filles Sourires 11 décembre 2014 à 21h21min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7727

Best of the Best 2014 (part 2)

Chloé Lacassse - Renverser La Vapeur - http://www.marqui.nl/ecoutez/chloe_renverser.mp3

What a good year for the filles! ”But you can only pick one”, Guuz godfather of Filles Sourires told us. So here it is, not random chosen of course, but taken from the outstanding album Lunes by this beautiful freckled girl from Canada, Chloé Lacasse. A track that completely fulfilled its promise (...)


9 octobre 2014

Filles Sourires 9 octobre 2014 à 21h07min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7568

Olivier Juprelle featuring Coralie Clément

Olivier Juprelle - Cythère (feat. Coralie Clément) - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/juprelle.mp3

Missed this in April, when Olivier Juprelle released his album Le bruit et la fureur. The Belgian guitarplayer, former member of Mud Flow, duets with several fragile filles, including ‘our’ Coralie. Cythère is a very cool track, Gainsbourgian with big guitar solo’s. Also on that album are duets (...)


6 octobre 2014

Filles Sourires 6 octobre 2014 à 14h31min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7552

New Coralie Clément album

Coralie Clément - Tes Nuits pâles - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/cc.mp3

FINALLY, the new Coralie Clément album is here. CC (or Coralie Biolay, if you prefer her real name) took some time to give birth to daughter Iris, getting a divorce from Iris’ dad, recording a children’s songbook and appearing on various tributes. She did write her own songs during the years, but (...)


23 septembre 2014

Filles Sourires 23 septembre 2014 à 11h55min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7519

Salomé Leclerc – 27 fois l’aurore

Salom - Le bon moment - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/salome.mp3

Today, Salomé Leclerc’s highly anticipated sophomore album was released in Canada (out in Europe on Oct 13th). Here’s my ‘premature evaluation’, and on the fly review: 1. Arlon. We know this fierce track (‘t was a single), heavy on the reverb, heavy on the bass. It sounds like it was recorded with (...)


Filles Sourires 23 septembre 2014 à 11h55min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7519

Salomé Leclerc – 27 fois l’aurore

Salomé Leclerc - Arlon - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/Arlon2.mp3

Today, Salomé Leclerc’s highly anticipated sophomore album was released in Canada (out in Europe on Oct 13th). Here’s my ‘premature evaluation’, and on the fly review: 1. Arlon. We know this fierce track (‘t was a single), heavy on the reverb, heavy on the bass. It sounds like it was recorded with (...)


14 juillet 2014

Filles Sourires 14 juillet 2014 à 15h40min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7316

New Coralie Clément single

Coralie Clément - La Belle Affaire - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/labelle.mp3

Happy Bastille-day! And to celebrate Quatorze Juillet, here’s the new single of the guardian angel of this blog. October 6 is the day every real Filles Sourires-fan should mark, ’cause then the new Coralie Clément-album drops. On it, she duets with her brother Benjamin (a reprise of A La Longue, (...)


19 juin 2014

Filles Sourires 19 juin 2014 à 13h17min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7238

Christine & the Queens

Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/chaleurhumaine.mp3

Chaleur Humaine, the first album by Christine & the Queens (real name Heloise Letissier) was released last week. It generated more attention than I’d expect – even The Guardian weighed in with a profile, quoting from several French newspapers. Like this one: ‘When an interviewer from Le Monde (...)


4 juin 2014

Filles Sourires 4 juin 2014 à 14h23min
2 votes

http://fillessourires.com/?p=7211

Les Soeurs Boulay

Les Soeurs Boulay - Ca - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/Ca.mp3

Les Soeurs Boulay spoiled their fans with a free songs this week. If you’re not on their mailing list (click!), but call yourself a fan, you should really hear this great track. Includes a musical saw! Les Soeurs Boulay – Ça


20 mai 2014

Filles Sourires 20 mai 2014 à 15h55min
1 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=7134

Isolde et les Bens

Isolde Et Les Bens - Samba Des Diables - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/samba.mp3

Honey-voiced Isolde Lasoen is the lovely drummer of Belgian superstar Daan, together with her own band Les Bens she plays breezy jazz with a Brazilian flavour. With the Belgian football team, nicknamed The Red Devils, playing the world cup (been a while since that happened), one could make a (...)


1er mai 2014

Filles Sourires 1er mai 2014 à 17h21min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7079

Salomé Leclerc

Salomé Leclerc - Arlon - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/arlon.mp3

Can’t you stop raving about the filles from Québec?! You might ask yourself. Well, no. They keep surprising and pleasuring us with great tracks. So why quit? Take sultry Salomé Leclerc. We (well, Maks did, credit’s due) spotted her back in 2010. We raved about her debut: “The guitar-driven songs (...)


Filles Sourires 1er mai 2014 à 11h58min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7072

Salomé Leclerc

http://www.fillessourires.com/arlon.mp3

Can’t you stop raving about the filles from Québec?! You might ask yourself. Well, no. They keep surprising and pleasuring us with great tracks. So why quit? Take lovely Salomé Leclerc. We (Maks, credit’s due) spotted her back in 2010. We raved about her debut. Somehow we missed her Le vent nous (...)


20 avril 2014

Filles Sourires 20 avril 2014 à 13h55min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7036

Chloé Lacasse

Chloé Lacasse - Rien pour moi - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/chloe.mp3

(Steve J is now an official author of FillesSourires! Hooray!) Back in 2011 I stumbled across the eponymous debut album from that year’s Francouvertes winner Chloé Lacasse, an album that managed to seamlessly encompass rock, pop, tender ballads and even threw-in a few Bristollian trip-hop beats – (...)


19 avril 2014

Filles Sourires 19 avril 2014 à 10h08min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7031

?Alice !

?Alice! - Tigresse - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/tigresse.mp3

Regular guestposter David B. bumped into a hidden Quebecois treasure… Wandering off the usual beat, a couple of years ago I came across ?Alice! and sought out their two released CD’s, “Divagation Douce” and “Baisers Allumette”. There’s a third, “Ce soir on mange les restes”, not released, that was at (...)


Filles Sourires 19 avril 2014 à 10h08min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7031

?Alice !

?Alice! - Le son etrange - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/leson.mp3

Regular guestposter David B. bumped into a hidden Quebecois treasure… Wandering off the usual beat, a couple of years ago I came across ?Alice! and sought out their two released CD’s, “Divagation Douce” and “Baisers Allumette”. There’s a third, “Ce soir on mange les restes”, not released, that was at (...)


Filles Sourires 19 avril 2014 à 10h08min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=7031

?Alice !

?Alice! - Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/poupee.mp3

Regular guestposter David B. bumped into a hidden Quebecois treasure… Wandering off the usual beat, a couple of years ago I came across ?Alice! and sought out their two released CD’s, “Divagation Douce” and “Baisers Allumette”. There’s a third, “Ce soir on mange les restes”, not released, that was at (...)


28 janvier 2014

Filles Sourires 28 janvier 2014 à 20h56min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6845

Françoise 70 (16) : Marianne Dissard sings Hardy

Marianne Dissard - My friend the rose (Françoise Hardy cover) - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/marianne.mp3

To end our series of Françoise Hardy-posts, to mark her 70th birthday, here’s a cover of Mon Amie La Rose, especially recorded for this blog by the charming Marianne Dissard. She translated the song herself, it’s Matt Mitchell on guitar and Pascal Parisot engineered. By the way, Marianne’s brand (...)


15 janvier 2014

Filles Sourires 15 janvier 2014 à 19h49min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6819

Françoise 70 (13) : Hardy/ Dewaere

Patrick Dewaere & Francoise Hardy - T'es pas poli - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/hardydewaere.mp3

Françoise H. knew ’em all, and among her countless duet partners also was Patrick Dewaere, probably the most gifted French actor of his generation – see Blier’s Les Valseuses, Corneau’s Série Noire, or certainly Granier-Deferre’s Adieu Poulet. Still a legend today, though virtually unknown outside of (...)


Filles Sourires 15 janvier 2014 à 19h49min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6819

Françoise 70 (13) : Hardy/ Dewaere

Raphaël - Chanson Pour Patrick Dewaere - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/raphaeldewaere.mp3

Françoise H. knew ’em all, and among her countless duet partners also was Patrick Dewaere, probably the most gifted French actor of his generation – see Blier’s Les Valseuses, Corneau’s Série Noire, or certainly Granier-Deferre’s Adieu Poulet. Still a legend today, though virtually unknown outside of (...)


12 janvier 2014

Filles Sourires 12 janvier 2014 à 14h12min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6755

Françoise 70 (5) : Scarlatine cover

Scarlatine - J'ai jeté mon coeur (Françoise Hardy cover) - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/scarlatine.mp3

Françoise Hardy turns 70 years old this week, this blog is marking that date firmly. Here’s a cover of a wonderful Hardy-song especially recorded for FillesSourires by the lovely Scarlatine (pictured) from Canada. You may remember Judith from a feature on FillesSourires (see here). She chose a (...)


15 décembre 2013

Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Vanessa Paradis - Mi Amor - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/paradisamor.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Chocomang - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/chocomodele.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

The Liminanas - Votre Coté Yéyé M'emmerde - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/liminayeye.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Jeanne Balibar - Sex & vegetables - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/balibarsex.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Jeanne Balibar - La Putain - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/balibarputain.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Hotel Morph - La bete et la mitraille - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/hotelbete.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Malcolm McLaren - Miles And Miles Of Miles Davis - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/mclarenmilesd.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Carla Bruni - Dolce Francia - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/brunifrancia.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Charles Trenet - Douce France - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/trenetfrance.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Charles Trenet - L'ame Des Poetes - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/trenetpoet.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Helena Noguerra - Ceux Que J'ai Embrassés - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/helenaceux.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Helena Noguerra - Appelle Moi (Feat. Philippe Katerine) - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/helenamoi.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

La Femme - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/lafemmeamour.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


Filles Sourires 15 décembre 2013 à 15h14min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6657

Morphée Carla Dance 2013 Year List (5)

Alka - Pas la peine de dire adieu - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/alkapeine.mp3

There’ve been better years in French music, but we’ve seen worse. So: Loads of retro, a bit of tongue play, an actress you probably never heard about (I hadn’t), one of Steve’s faves, a Biarritz gang in love with Germany’s capital, and of course a few little French songs. 11. Actually, Vanessa’s (...)


14 décembre 2013

Filles Sourires 14 décembre 2013 à 23h33min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6643

Yearlists (4)

Alka - La vie par les deux bouts - http://www.marqui.nl/ecoutez/alka_lavie.mp3

1. Alka Balbir – La Première Fois The absolute number one for me this year. If I only had a Twitter account on which I would have tweeted something about newbie Alka Balbir, it surely would end something like this: #perfect #melancholic #exciting #thrilling #delicate #passionate #hoarse #fragile (...)


13 décembre 2013

Filles Sourires 13 décembre 2013 à 11h06min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6636

Joyeux Anniversaire

Coralie Clément - Joyeux anniversaire - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/coralie.mp3

In between year lists, here’s a nice little intermezzo. Coralie Clément, guardian angel of this blog, sings Joyeux Anniversaire (‘Happy birthday’) on the cd that comes with children’s book Iris a 3 ans by Gesa Hansen. A sweet story about Iris, who invites all her friends and family to her birthday (...)


30 novembre 2013

Filles Sourires 30 novembre 2013 à 19h30min
0 vote

http://fillessourires.com/?p=6600

Novembre Toute L’Année

Vincent Delerm - Ils Avaient Fait Les Valises Dans La Nuit - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/delermvalises.mp3

Five years have passed since Vincent Delerm’s Quinze Chansons, a premier album including the downright gorgeous Et François de Roubaix dans le dos. Echoes of Roubaix can also be heard on Ils avaient fait les valises dans la nuit from his new CD Les Amants Parallèles which tells an histoire d’amour (...)


Filles Sourires 30 novembre 2013 à 19h30min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6600

Novembre Toute L’Année

Vincent Delerm - Robes - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/delermrobes.mp3

Five years have passed since Vincent Delerm’s Quinze Chansons, a premier album including the downright gorgeous Et François de Roubaix dans le dos. Echoes of Roubaix can also be heard on Ils avaient fait les valises dans la nuit from his new CD Les Amants Parallèles which tells an histoire d’amour (...)


21 novembre 2013

Filles Sourires 21 novembre 2013 à 21h24min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6582

Musica Nuda

Musica Nuda - Des ronds dans l'eau - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/Ronds.mp3

Musica Nuda, naked music, is an Italian duo (vocalist Petra Magoni, upright bass player Feruccio Spinetti) who enjoy the art of silence in music, ‘a basic and often underrated aspect of it, that leads to the true emotion and underline the value or a lyric, a story, the meaning of every single (...)


16 novembre 2013

Filles Sourires 16 novembre 2013 à 19h41min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6574

Faux French Fellas

Les Chauds Lapins - Je t'aime - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/chaulapaime.mp3

The masterminds behind Les Chauds Lapins are New York’s Meg Reichardt and Kurt Hoffman who formerly worked with indie celebs They Might Be Giants or the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The songs of chanson genius Charles Trenet – »our quintessential art-pop guy« – inspired them to found their very own (...)


10 novembre 2013

Filles Sourires 10 novembre 2013 à 20h51min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6544

Deconstructing Pablo

Ute Lemper - La Nuit dans L'ile - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/lempernuit.mp3

In the 70s, his verses always lay right beside the diaphragm on the bed stand: Pablo Neruda’s Collected Love Poems were the latest chic among cultivated female students, and some of them later even recognized that the Chilean Nobel Prize laureate of 1971 was hardly more than a pompous (...)


Filles Sourires 10 novembre 2013 à 15h02min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6533

The Seductive Skills of Miss Panton

Diana Panton - Samba Saravah - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/diasaravah.mp3

Another Canadienne, a sexy redhead being heralded to sound »like the sweetest bird you’ll ever hear« – probably a bit too much promo praise, though we’re certainly dealing with a fille fragile to boot here. Diana Panton’s fourth album, To Brazil With Love, pays homage to bossa nova and the sounds of (...)


Filles Sourires 10 novembre 2013 à 15h02min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6533

The Seductive Skills of Miss Panton

Diana Panton - Tu Sais Je Vais T'aimer - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/diaaimer.mp3

Another Canadienne, a sexy redhead being heralded to sound »like the sweetest bird you’ll ever hear« – probably a bit too much promo praise, though we’re certainly dealing with a fille fragile to boot here. Diana Panton’s fourth album, To Brazil With Love, pays homage to bossa nova and the sounds of (...)


8 novembre 2013

Filles Sourires 8 novembre 2013 à 09h25min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6523

Laibach on the beat

Laibach - Love on the Beat (Live) [Edit] - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/laibach.mp3

Ah, Mina Spiler. The She-Wolf of Laibach, that bunch of industrial totalitarianism-flirters, the Slovenian funnymen with shiny black jackboots. If women in uniform are your thing, turn to Mina. Never thought I’d ever hear her sing in French, but she does on a live version of Gainsbourgs steamy (...)


1er novembre 2013

Filles Sourires 1er novembre 2013 à 19h49min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6501

De rouille et d’os

Melissmell - Rock n' Roll - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/melisrock.mp3

Indeed not another sweet bedroom voice from the French doll house: The gravelly timbre of 32-year-old singer Melissmell – coming from the départment Ardèche in the southeast of France – occasionally sounds like a mixture of Gianna Nannini and Melanie Safka. The ten songs of her second album Droit (...)


Filles Sourires 1er novembre 2013 à 19h49min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6501

De rouille et d’os

Melissmell - La Route - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/melisroute.mp3

Indeed not another sweet bedroom voice from the French doll house: The gravelly timbre of 32-year-old singer Melissmell – coming from the départment Ardèche in the southeast of France – occasionally sounds like a mixture of Gianna Nannini and Melanie Safka. The ten songs of her second album Droit (...)


31 octobre 2013

Filles Sourires 31 octobre 2013 à 19h06min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6493

Say Three Hail Marys

Mary Roos And Roberto Di Gioia - Ne Me Quitte Pas - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/roosquitte.mp3

It’s not the first time that German Schlager star Mary Roos is singing in French. Actually, she was the darling of the whole of Paris when she performed at the Olympia in the 70s after smash hits like L’autoroute or L’animal en blue-jeans; obviously her Gallic admirers couldn’t tell Mary from (...)


Filles Sourires 31 octobre 2013 à 19h06min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6493

Say Three Hail Marys

Mary Roos And Roberto Di Gioia - O Le - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/roosleao.mp3

It’s not the first time that German Schlager star Mary Roos is singing in French. Actually, she was the darling of the whole of Paris when she performed at the Olympia in the 70s after smash hits like L’autoroute or L’animal en blue-jeans; obviously her Gallic admirers couldn’t tell Mary from (...)


Filles Sourires 31 octobre 2013 à 17h21min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6489

Hier, aujourd’hui, demain

Helena Noguerra - Appelle moi - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/helenaappelle.mp3

With her second album Azul, Belgian chanteuse/ actress Helena Noguerra was rivaling Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto in terms of the most easygoing bossa nova lounge style record of the last decade. Now, eleven years later, Noguerra’s back again with her fifth outing Année Zéro, realized with the (...)


Filles Sourires 31 octobre 2013 à 13h17min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6481

The Class of ’34

Comedian Harmonists - Quand il pleut - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/comharquand.mp3

Fast cars, hot chicks, permanently sold-out concerts and tons of money – in 1932, the Comedian Harmonists were the best selling boygroup in the world, and they even played the Berliner Philharmonie, the German Taj Mahal of classical music, with their ironic, playful, and tenderly frivolous (...)


Filles Sourires 31 octobre 2013 à 13h17min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6481

The Class of ’34

Comedian Harmonists - Tout le jour, tout la nuit - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/comhartout.mp3

Fast cars, hot chicks, permanently sold-out concerts and tons of money – in 1932, the Comedian Harmonists were the best selling boygroup in the world, and they even played the Berliner Philharmonie, the German Taj Mahal of classical music, with their ironic, playful, and tenderly frivolous (...)


27 octobre 2013

Filles Sourires 27 octobre 2013 à 19h53min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6460

I’m Gonna Kill You One Thursday

Askehoug - Du style - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/askestyle.mp3

Absolutely no chance to overlook a bigger-than-life eccentric like Mathieu Aschehoug, and certainly we didn’t so – this time, think the rebel mind of Philippe Katerine meeting with the ghost of Alain Bashung in a Breton brothel once owned by Barbey d’Aurevilly. Of course, Aschehoug and his band (...)


Filles Sourires 27 octobre 2013 à 18h01min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6452

Un Ami Américain

Terry Lee Hale - Gold Mine - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/terryleemine.mp3

No, this is neither a French singer nor a French song. But it’s a singer living in Paris for years, an album produced in a Breton studio including a wonderfully sparse song about a fille Terry Lee Hale met in a Parisian café some time ago. Hale himself, a man of 60 years now, was (...)


13 octobre 2013

Filles Sourires 13 octobre 2013 à 20h46min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6409

Deux Amours Redux

William Galison & Madeleine Peyroux - J'Ai Deux Amours - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/peyramours.mp3

In 2002, Madeleine Peyroux – not exactly a French citizen, but from Athens, GA – met harmonica player & multi-instrumentalist William Galison in a bar on Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, NYC, and they began a stormy on and off relationship that didn’t last all-too many moons. Testament to (...)


11 octobre 2013

Filles Sourires 11 octobre 2013 à 13h43min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6402

Sally Folk

Sally Folk - La crosse - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/sally.mp3

Sally Folk is Quebecoise with a Algerian dad, who sports a beautiful fringe and has a thing for corsets, firebrigade lipstick and petticoats. She started off in English, making a 50′s style rock’n doowop album (listen here, see a video here), that drew attention of producer Marc Dery. I’m not (...)


7 octobre 2013

Filles Sourires 7 octobre 2013 à 11h26min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6372

DTCV

DTCV - Contre Jour - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/dctv.mp3

Remember Détective? The band of former Guided By Voices-member James Greer and the sulty Guylaine Vivarat? Well, they’re a trio now (Hi Chris!), and they changed their name to DTCV. Because this name is easier to find, and the internet isn’t kind to French accent marks. DTCV include flute solo’s, (...)


6 octobre 2013

Filles Sourires 6 octobre 2013 à 19h48min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6366

Class of ’99

Timna Brauer & Elias Meiri - Je Me Suis Fait Tout Petit - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/timnapetit.mp3

One of those albums that time forgot: Chansons et violons by Timna Brauer, daughter of Austrian painter Arik Brauer who also was a co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Realized in 1999 with the Elias Meiri Ensemble, Chansons et violons serves as an homage to the holy trinity of (...)


8 août 2013

Filles Sourires 8 août 2013 à 09h50min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6167

Aussie Melodie

Deep Sea Arcade - Bonnie and Clyde (feat. Megan Washington) - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/deepsea.mp3

Australia calling! Next week, Mélodie Française is released, a compilation of Aussie bands covering French classics and lesser known gems. Artists I’d never heard of, like Gossling, Big Scary and The Walking Who tackle songs by Serge (of course), Françoise Hardy and Renaud. Two tasters are out (...)


6 août 2013

Filles Sourires 6 août 2013 à 11h34min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6164

Liza Manili vs Airto Moreira

Liza Manili - J'ai toujours aimé (celebration suite) - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/manili.mp3

Here’s a treat, superlovely singer Liza Manili reworked Airto Moreira’s festive Brazilian classic Celebration Suite for a commercial, shown below, and now released the full version. Liza Manili – J’ai toujours aimé


2 août 2013

Filles Sourires 2 août 2013 à 19h27min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6162

Sirius Plan

Sirius Plan - La Nuit Je Mens - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/siriusplan.mp3

Bruxelles-based threesome Sirius Plan ‘redefine rock and femininity’ as their website tells us. I’d say Skye, Gaelle and Claire sings as clear as a glass of water and do a angelic version of Alain Bashung’s brilliant La Nuit Je Mens. Sirius Plan – La Nuit Je Mens (link works (...)


31 juillet 2013

Filles Sourires 31 juillet 2013 à 15h08min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6142

Sirius Plan

http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/sirius.mp3

Bruxelles-based threesome Sirius Plan ‘redefine rock and femininity’ as their website tells us. I’d say Skye, Gaelle and Claire sings as clear as a glass of water and do a angelic version of Alain Bashung’s brilliant La Nuit Je Mens. Sirius Plan – La Nuit Je (...)


26 juillet 2013

Filles Sourires 26 juillet 2013 à 12h55min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6125

Pendentif

Pendentif - Jerricane - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/pendentif.mp3

Mafia Douce by French band Pendentif is the album I’ve been playing the most this summer. It’s released on September 24, which seems an odd date for a summer fresh album that this is, but then agan it is also excellent material for reminiscing about great summer days. Recent and from the past. (...)


26 juin 2013

Filles Sourires 26 juin 2013 à 09h19min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6092

Alka

Alka - D'un amour à l'autre - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/alka.mp3

Gorgeous actress slash singer Alka Balbir released a single, on which she (again) sounds a lot like Isabelle Adjani. Which of course is a good thing. There’s a long Lafayette remix of Batards Supreme available (Alka and L collaborated before) plus a slow burning, almost spoken word track with (...)


6 juin 2013

Filles Sourires 6 juin 2013 à 11h33min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6056

Zaz

http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/zaz.mp3

Arja, the lovely co-conspirator of Dutch music-nerd weblog Nummer van de Dag, wrote a piece on Zaz. This is a translation: About a year ago I discovered Zaz, née Isabelle Geffroy. I played her versatile debut album so much, it became irritable and I had to disband her for a while. For otherwise (...)


30 mai 2013

Filles Sourires 30 mai 2013 à 10h43min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6032

Alka Balbir

Chateau Marmont - Affaire Classée - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/affaire.mp3

Alka Balbir is a French actress and singer (and girlfriend of Justice’s Gaspard Auge). Her album drops after summer (on Naive), she sings in a very Isabella Adjani-an style on the new album by French electronica experts Chateau Marmont. See a very enchanting, subtitled interview with Alka here. (...)


18 mai 2013

Filles Sourires 18 mai 2013 à 20h32min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=6005

The Blithe Spirit of Charles Trenet

Charles Trenet - L'ame Des Poetes - http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/trenetpoetes.mp3

»Without him, we all would have become accounting clerks«, Jacques Brel once said about Charles Trenet, the godfather of French song who invented modern chanson with his stunning blend of surrealism, nostalgia, buoyancy and joie de vivre. Born exactly 100 years ago, on May 18, 1913, the so-called (...)


16 mai 2013

Filles Sourires 16 mai 2013 à 16h05min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=5997

Françoise Hardy

http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/sorrow.mp3

‘Françoise was a confirmed Anglophile who had wanted to record in Britain, with British arrangers, as soon as she became famous’, Bob Stanley writes in the liner notes of ‘Midnight Blues’, a compilation of Hardy’s finest English songs, recorded between 1968 and 1972. I’m not a real fan of Fran’s (...)


Filles Sourires 16 mai 2013 à 16h05min
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http://fillessourires.com/?p=5997

Françoise Hardy

http://www.fillessourires.com/ecoutez/midnightblues.mp3

‘Françoise was a confirmed Anglophile who had wanted to record in Britain, with British arrangers, as soon as she became famous’, Bob Stanley writes in the liner notes of ‘Midnight Blues’, a compilation of Hardy’s finest English songs, recorded between 1968 and 1972. I’m not a real fan of Fran’s (...)