One of the best I heard in 2016. Beautiful melodies and an amazingly familiar voice (familiar to everything I enjoy in music - honest, soothing, surprising, spicy! Well done Charlotte!
Favorite track: Your Love Means Nothing.
"Seasons" unravels a tender relationship through time. Summer, fall, winter and spring are all stages of love: the full swing of summer, the decline of fall, the iced mourning of winter, and the new beginnings of spring. Through the course of four triptychs, the elements embrace this romantic play.
Charlotte Savary wrote the songs over changing seasons. When she told this to her longtime producer Manuel Armstrong (Felipecha), he instantly thought about recording the album throughout the year during each of those shifting seasons. This gave a timeless maturity to the instrumentation. The production followed the mood of each season, leaving time for sounds to ripen and create the ideal setting for Charlotte’s truly special voice.
The album was produced in the indie studios of Paris, Juno2. Manuel Armstrong recorded and performed most of the instruments, inviting outstanding musicians to play along. On drums, Raphaël Chassin (Vanessa Paradis, Hugh Coltman), on trombone, Daniel Zimmermann (Le Sacre du Tympan), on double bass Baptiste Germser (Stephan Eicher), on acoustic folk guitar Taofik Farah (Carla Bruni, Imani), on piano Julien Agazar (Manu Dibango, Keziah Jones). Cellos were performed by Matthieu Detton and flutes by Marine Thibault (both from Wax Tailor).
released October 7, 2016
Lyrics by Charlotte Savary
Music by Charlotte Savary
Coming home (Charlotte Savary, Arthur Bing & Manuel Armstrong)
Winter (Charlotte Savary & Arthur Bing)
A While and The Stereo (Charlotte Savary & Manuel Armstrong)
Charlotte Savary : vocals, harmony vocals, keyboards
Manuel Armstrong : guitars, bass, keyboards
Raphael Chassin : drums, shakers, tambourine
Baptiste Germser : double bass
Daniel Zimmermann : trombone, tuba
Marine Thibault : flute
Matthieu Detton : cello
Taofik Farah : folk guitar on tracks 1, 3, 7
Arthur Bing : folk guitar on track 8
Julien Agazar : piano and wurli on track 2
Cyril Aveque : harmony vocals & drum fills on track 6
Produced by Manuel Armstrong & Charlotte Savary
Instrumentation by Manuel Armstrong
Recorded and mixed by Manuel Armstrong at Juno 2
Vocals recorded by Benjamin Farley at La Voisine, Manuel Armstrong at Juno, and Charlotte Savary at home.
Drums recorded by Sébastien Trouvé at Studio 237.
Double bass recorded by Baptiste Germser at Atelier 18.
Flutes recorded by Marine Thibault.
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"...an album that looks as much to this side of The Pond as the UK, She Makes War's debut album is a dark melange of 90s Riot Grrrl meets indie-pop meets disquieting ballads, all the time not missing a beat..."
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Julien's voice, emotion,lyrics and playing on this album simply gut me (in a good way!). If I'm not listening to metal or synth pop chances are I'm listening to sad poetic young women play sad literate songs that I can't get out of my head and Baker does it close to the best. Carlos Parlos (cp49)