So Frenchy So Chic

Every year the So Frenchy So Chic compilations invite listeners to enter the French indie scene. Two of the artists featured in the series are now set for Australia.

Cocoon is a male-female duo of Mark Daumail and Morgane Imbeaud, self described as a folk-pop version of The White Stripes. Their close harmonic, heartfelt and charming sound has been inspired by singer-songwriters from the introspective Nick Drake and Elliot Smith right up to modern ‘new folk’ such as Sufjan Stevens. This isn’t campfire happy clappy folk – just a review of their CD titles reveals a darkness in I Hate Birds and My Friends All Died In A Plane Crash.
Cocoon has truly emerged in France with gold album sales and frequent airplay, disproving the once-held theory that the French dislike their pop sung in English.

Moriarty takes its cue from the worlds of Depression era American folk and European cabaret. This stripped-back ensemble comprises four men on various acoustic instruments fronted by haunting vocals of the enigmatic Rosemary. Also singing in English and with a sound that’s been variously described as early Neil Young, folk, country, blues, jazz and even Americana, the one absolute of this mysterious group is that their sound is irresistible.
Like Cocoon, Moriarty is one of France’s best kept secrets – although not in their homeland where their album Gee Whiz But This Is A Lonesome Town has gone gold.

The So Frenchy albums have sold over 90,000 copies. Don’t miss your chance to experience it live. Free pre-show entertainment from 6pm on the Turbine Platform: Ewan Mckenzie Duo co-presented with BEMAC.

So Frenchy So Chic is part of Planet, the Brisbane Powerhouse dedicated world music and dance program. This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Supported by The French Embassy and Alliance Francaise.

So French So Chic
Melbourne 25/11/09
Prince Bandroom
Brisbane 26/11/09 Brisbane Powerbouse
Sydney 27/11/09
The Factory Theatre
Adelaide 28/11/09 Adelaide Festival Centre
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