If you can't be in France right now... put in your earbuds, play these artists, and pretend you're strolling down the streets of Paris
1. Claire Laffut
Claire Laffut is an artist in every sense of the word. While improvising at an open mic in a studio she experienced epiphany and said, “the sky fell on me.” Making music just felt right and she has been singing, writing, and performing ever since. Her music is honest, playful and deep. Her new album “Bleu” is amazing, but I recommend starting with her EP from 2018, “Mojo” (La fessée is my favorite!) .
2. Requin chagrin
Requin chagrin’s music is a dream-pop/rock hybrid that gives you everything that you could want. Led by Marion Brunetto, the band’s name translates to “grief shark,” a small shark present in the Mediterranean with which Marion says she identifies. Marion composes almost all of the bands music herself, and my personal favorite is her song “Adélaïde.”
If you are in the mood to sit by a fire and cry as you look out the window into a grey rainstorm… listen to Pomme. A singer-songwriter, her songs are about death, love, and her experiences as a young queer woman. My biggest song recs for Pomme are “anxiété,” “les séquoias," and “je sais pas danser”—all off of her 2019 album les failles.
The musical duo Videoclub, blew up in 2018 for their viral hit “amour plastique” and for their perfect, real-life romance. Made up of Adèle Castillon and Matthieu Reynaud, they make upbeat electro-pop. In March of this year, however, tragedy struck and the couple broke up. So, the future of Videoclub’s music is uncertain, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to everything they’ve already released! If you loved “amour plastique,” you should absolutely listen to “mai” and “roi.”
5. Clara Luciani
Clara Luciani’s music is confident, playful, and complex—just like she is. Critically acclaimed and universally loved, Clara is taking the world of French music by storm. Her songs create the perfect soundtrack for you to dance all night and scream off rooftops. Her latest album “Coeur” you have to listen to beginning to end, and have the time of your life.