Coming off her acclaimed European debut, Lou Doillon will release her full-length debut album Places in the US on June 18th, 2013 on Verve Records. The album was recorded at Studio De LA Seine in Paris and originally released via Universal France on September 3rd, 2012 and quickly achieved critical praise across Europe, referred to as “a real wonder” by Mad and “splendid and miraculous” by Le soir. The chantueuse has followed in the footsteps of the French singers before her such as Carla Bruni, Keren Ann and Charlotte Gainsbourg to craft an array of beautiful, sweeping songs with producer Zdar (Phoenix, The Rapture, Beastie Boys). The first single off the album, “Devil or Angel” premiered on ELLE.com and is on sale via iTunes. Click here to pre-order the album.
As the daughter of international icon Jane Birkinand Jacques Doillon, and with Serge Gainsbourg as her step-father, it goes without saying that Lou was born into a creative environment. Although she originally pursued acting and modeling careers, Lou always kept music as a hobby, and even wrote many songs in English, which she refers to as her “private language.” Lou finally revealed her musical talents in the spring of 2012 with the European release of the first track on the album, “ICU.” Its haunting vocals, compelling melody and twilight ambience held the immediate promise of a bright future.
The first single off the album “Devil or Angel,” an immediate classic, is an emotionally revealing song showcasing Lou’s effortless storytelling ability. The album continues to showcase Lou’s unique voice and timbre. Describing days of melancholy passing at the pace of a drum roll, “One Day After Another” is reminiscent of Patti Smith’s narrative art, while “Make A Sound’s” pop immediacy holds a reference to its writer’s “leaded wings”. Much like Cat Power, Lou Doillon is equally at home with an acoustic range (the iridescent clearing in the middle of the album: Same Old Game) and brass-backed soul (Jealousy and Questions And Answers - two visas for Memphis). These livelier tunes also heighten the depth of her startlingly flexible voice.
The strongly autobiographical lyrics on Places reveal years of transience, a troubled personality and a rebellious nature. Throughout the 40-minute listening experience, Lou Doillon manages to turn everything you may think you know upside down.