Flora Fishbach caused quite a stir in France in 2017, and 2018 looks like it’ll be her breakout year elsewhere. The Dieppe-born chanteuse released debut album À ta merci to universal praise in January, and by November she was taking home the album révélation at Le Prix des Indés, the coveted prize for best independent debut of the year. A cursory listen to À ta merci (“at your mercy” in English) will tell you some of what you need to know about this exceptional talent, though she also has to be seen in the live arena to be believed.
A charismatic presence both chic and androgynous, Flora pushes the boundaries of theatricality with her distinctive, smoky contralto-vox and ostentatious stagewear. Musically she brings together warm electropop with strikingly visual, tenebrous lyrics, inscrutable and full of intrigue.
Her determination to make experimental pop undeterred by what’s acceptable makes for an extraordinary sonic experience that’s unlike anything around. But there’s more to it than that; Fishbach’s music puts people under a spell. It may be exploratory and on the fringes of the alternative, but her chansons are always irresistibly catchy. It’s pop music at it’s best: off-kilter and created by an otherworldly eccentric. “Every song is a painting,” she says, “a woman that I could have been, that I may have been or that I will be. There’s nothing more beautiful than the universality of variété – it’s a very noble word to me. ”
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