“I had every reason in the world not to into music,” says Lou Doillon. But we are so glad she did!
Lou Doillon has had many guises and oozes an innate seductive talent. Maybe it’s in her genes, but she’s certainly out of the pigeonhole with the release of her first album, Places. The daughter of French director Jacques Doillon and British singer/actress Jane Birkin (the inspiration of the eponymously named, iconic bag!), she has been everything from an actress to an international model, a reformed wild child and a French society IT girl. And now, singer.
For years, she played her guitar and wrote songs in English, her “private language”, developing a haunting style to her vocals, sultry in her style and evocative in her story telling, with obvious inspirations coming from singer-songwriters past and present like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Cat Power and Feist.
We first took notice of Doillon’s musical prowess when we heard her first single, ICU, on the most recent So Frenchy So Chic compilation (Cartell Music), with its romantic pop undertones. She has since gone on to take out the award for Best Female Artist at the 2013 French Grammy Awards. Clearly, it’s time the world stood up and took notice of her … not for her past, but very much for her present day persona – that of a talented, mysterious and, yes, stunning, singer-songwriter.
Places is a journey – with autobiographical lyrics, the songs travel the full breadth of her impressive vocal presence, from melancholic to pop to soulful and acoustic folk. Quite the debut album, and one we’ve been playing on repeat in Design Pilgrim HQ. Oh to be as effortlessly chic as Lou is. She’s a little bit of a style inspiration to us, so very Parisian. Now we can have her play with our minds and our ears too. Oui, you’re welcome anytime, gorgeous girl.
Take a moment to watch her clips below. Try not to fall madly in love.
ICU – LOU DOILLON (CARTELL MUSIC)
DEVIL OR ANGEL – LOU DOILLON (CARTELL MUSIC)