Highlighting artists from the nouvelle scene (new scene), Paris features modern takes on classic French chanson.
Opening the album is a track from one of the leading artists of the nouvelle scène, Thomas Fersen. On “Au Café de la Paix,” Fersen channels the spirit of famed 60s chanson artist Serge Gainsbourg with darkly ironic lyrics over a sweet, bubbly melody. On its surface innocent and simple, the song takes a turn toward the twisted as the delusional author confuses a lover he’s never met and a house they’ve never lived in with a woman from his past. The song ends with Fersen wishing the woman would come visit him in his new home—underneath a bridge.
Soft and lovely, the acoustic track “Quelqu’un m’a dit” glows with the same beauty as its composer, French supermodel Carla Bruni. Her crooning lyrics confirm why the French are often said to be among the most passionate people in the world: “I’m told that our lives aren’t worth much/ Passing in an instant, like wilting roses/ Yet someone told me that you loved me still/ Could that be possible?”
And so, in France, the old once again becomes new. Time races on, and a new generation of musicians set the stage for the future by looking to the past. Putumayo invites you to experience this new wave of classic music—a Paris perfect for both you and your grandmother. This album also makes the perfect companion piece to the hugely successful French Café.
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label was started as an offshoot of the Putumayo clothing and handicraft company, after its founder, Dan Storper, was surprised by the extraordinary response to the international music he had begun playing in his stores. Putumayo’s meticulously researched and curated musical journeys were so successful that, in 1997, Storper sold the clothing company so he could focus his attention on the music business. For the past 21 years, Putumayo has been known for its joyful compilations of great international music that support the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!”
Putumayo’s distinctive CD covers feature the colorful art of British illustrator Nicola Heindl, whose folkloric style illuminates the company’s mission: to connect the traditional and the contemporary through music and art. By combining appealing music and striking visual aesthetics with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity, a rarity in today’s artist-based music industry.
Putumayo is considered a music industry pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional retail market and has built a global network of more than 5,000 book, gift, craft, clothing, health food and other specialty retailers that play its music and sell its CDs. Storper’s vision of establishing a global company and lifestyle brand has been furthered with offices in the Europe, Latin America and Australia and distribution in more than 80 countries.
The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than one million dollars to non-profit organizations around the world.
1.Thomas Fersen - "Au Café de la Paix" - (France)
2.Coralie Clément - "Samba de Mon Cœur Qui Bat" - (France)
3.Karpatt - "Dites Moi Tu" - (France)
4.Carla Bruni - "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" - (France)
5.Pascal Parisot - "Je Reste au Lit" - (France)
6.Keren Ann - "Jardin d'Hiver" - (France)
7.Tryo - "Serre-Moi" - (France)
8.Paris Combo - "Lettre A P..." - (France)
9.Presque Oui - "L'ongle" - (France)
10.Amélie-Les-Crayons - "Ta P'tite Flamme" - (France)
11.Myrtille - "Les Pages" - (France)
12.Aldebert - "Carpe Diem" - (France)
Publisher: Putumayo World Music
Publication Date: April 18, 2006