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New French Music: Cocoon

Dec 13

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Thursday, December 13, 2007  RssIcon

Christmas, a time for religious celebration, gluttonous overeating and overdrinking, frenzied spending, domestic rows. And, best of all, best-of lists. Remember to vote in the CLUAS polls for Best Album (domestic league) and Best Album (Champions League).

What's more, like in 2005 and 2006, your Paris correspondent will propose the Best French Music of the year: our regular readers may like to browse through our archives and let us know what should be in our final ten, which we'll post in the last week of the year.

CocoonA late charge for BFM-of-07 comes from Cocoon (left), a boy-girl duo whose charming acoustic pop has clearly been profoundly influenced by that of Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens and especially Elliott Smith.

And if that wasn't recommendation enough, they've only gone and called their debut album 'All My Friends Died In A Plane Crash' and released it on Sober & Gentle Records. This we must listen to!

And oh! it's acoustic pop to make you swoon. Pick of the bunch is a song called 'On My Way' - a melodic, lovelorn, happy-go-lucky ballad that's been touched by the spirit of 'XO'-era Elliott Smith. In other words, wonderful stuff.

The Cocoon pair - Marc Daumail and Morgane Imbeaud - are currently touring around France and Belgium and plan to spend April recording in Nashville. No news of any Irish dates or release yet, but with such excellent English-language songs it's surely just a matter of time.

Check out those charming tunes on Cocoon's MySpace page. Here's the video for 'On My Way' - as if the song wasn't adorable enough, the video features a cartoon panda:

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Re: New French Music: Cocoon

and they are from my region! ;-)

my top ten, in no particular order though: Cocoon (new generation), Dionysos (solo work, book, movie), Mickey Tout Seul (solo career), Anais (full of humour), Camille (innovation), Kaolin (future of the french rock?), Mon Cote Punk (french energy in Dublin for la fete de la musique), Les Rita Mitsouko (for their gig in Dublin and tribute to Fred Chichin), Daft Punk/Justice/Vitalice (the french electro touch), Plastiscines/Naast/The Teenagers (the french indie rock).
then there's Miossec, Dominique A, Manu Chao, Indochine still talented after so many years.

i suppose i am forgetting loads of artists but i am not living in france so i have an excuse ;-0

By Edith on   Saturday, December 15, 2007

Re: New French Music: Cocoon

Edith, so you're from Auvergne? My top 10 will only be of music released in 2007, so no Camille (new album in February 2008!!!) or les Ritas... but thanks for your other suggestions: there'll be plenty of them in the final top ten and I see that my probable number 1 is in your list :D

By aidan on   Saturday, December 15, 2007

Re: New French Music: Cocoon

yes from Auvergne and born in Paris... grew up in Allier and studied in Puy De Dome, i'm flying home on thursday for a week, can't wait to see the snowy mountains!
have a good xmas.

By Edith on   Sunday, December 16, 2007

Re: New French Music: Cocoon

Thanks, same to you. I'm flying to my own snowy mountains of Kerry on Friday :D

By aidan on   Sunday, December 16, 2007

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