French Letter Music Blog

  

French Letter

Tender Forever: un chanson de Valera

May 9

Written by:
Sunday, May 09, 2010  RssIcon

Back in 2007 we introduced you to Tender Forever, a Bordeaux electro act based in Oregon, USA.

Melanie Valera, a.k.a. Tender Forever

As you might recall, Tender Forever is not a group but the nom de pop of Mélanie Valéra (right) - yes, a mere 'de' short of sharing her name with the dominant public figure of 20th century Ireland. (Our non-Irish readers will know Éamon de Valera as the baddie in the film 'Michael Collins'.)

The PR opportunities in Ireland would have been wonderful - an electronica version of 'Amhrán na bhFiann' to close the next Fianna Fáil Árd-Fheis; a residency at Áras an Uachtaráin; a photo op where she symbolically defends a packet of Boland's cream crackers against an English stag party. (As she's now domicile in the States, her American connection would grant her immunity.) And she's tall, skinny and dark-haired - are we sure they're not related?

Alas, Mélanie Valéra will have to rely on her music to make an impact in Ireland. Fortunately, her music is good. 'No Snare' is the third Tender Forever album: another likeable collection of idiosyncratic alt-folk-flavoured electronica.

The title may suggest an animal trap but is actually inspired by an absent drum sound, according to the Tender Forever MySpace page:

NO SNARE is less a rejection of things that have been, as it a reconfiguration. Take away the snare and there isn't a loss, just a new song. As we pass through the flood of moments that is our lives we make a constant stream of decisions as to what to hold on to and what to let go of.  But it is always our life, even as it changes radically.

Valéra's lyrics tend to be as heartfelt, contemplative and personal as that teenage-poetry blurb suggests. And her pick n' mix of pounding rhythms creates a sense of emotional urgency, which gives her songs a human warmth not always evident in electronic music.

Check out les chansons de Valéra at her MySpace page. Here's our favourite of her new songs, what has all the comely maidens dancing at the crossroads -  the excellent 'Like The Snare That's Gone':

Tags:
Categories:
Location: Blogs Parent Separator French Letter

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Title:
Comment:
Security Code
CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

Author

Aidan Curran, based in Paris, has been writing for CLUAS since 2004. More info about Aidan...

Is your Irish band playing in France? Your French band playing in Ireland? Let us know, along with anything else you think we might be interested in.

E-mail: frenchletter(at)cluas.com

Live from the boulevards and venues of Paris - follow French Letter on Twitter!
French Letter updates and the latest non-Paris stuff too - check out CLUAS on Facebook!

 

Archive

Best French Music

Blogs and sites we like 

  

CLUAS blogs

Check out these other CLUAS blogs:

Archived Articles

All 'French Letter' articles published between January 2006 and March 2007 have been archived.

RSS Feed

Copy and paste this link into your RSS aggregator of choice  Subscribe