A world far away from the clichés of accordions, berets and baguettes is the sophisticated indie music scene in France,
DOUBLE BILL : COCOON & MORIARTY
Cocoonis a male-female duo of Mark Daumail and Morgane Imbeaud, self described (and perhaps with tongues-in-cheek) 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 title reveals a darkness in 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. Besides Cocoon’s catchy original songs, Australian audiences are sure to love their unique covers, including their surprisingly delicate and enchanting take on the disco classic Kung Fu Fighting. Cocoon will play with full band (4 on stage).
Moriarty may just be France’s best kept secret – although not in their homeland where their album Gee Whiz But This Is A Lonesome Town has gone gold. Taking their 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 the stunning and haunting vocals of the enigmatic Rosemary. Singing in English and with a Natalie-Merchant- meets-early-Neil-Young sound that’s been variously described as folk, country, blues, jazz and even Americana, the one absolute of the somewhat mysterious group Moriarty is that their sound is irresistible.
The So Frenchy So Chic albums have sold over 90,000 copies and introduced to Australia artist such as Camille, Emilie Simon and Nouvelle Vague. This year, audiences have the opportunity to discover two of the latest indie stars who have captivated France, and to fall in love with Cocoon and Moriarty for themselves.