Feb 102009

SvenSson’s « French Wave » – The story of a pop alchemist

With the resonant yet fragile voice of a fallen angel, delicate and wild lyrics that flirt with despair and a Franco-British pop sound that’s working hard to reconcile Serge Gainsbourg, The Cure and Nick Cave, SvenSson has always followed his own unique muse.

Two years ago SvenSson’s album ‘Perdition’ was widely acclaimed both in Australia (with enthusiastic reviews in Melbourne-based daily newspaper The Age and weekly music magazine Beat, along with airplay and interviews on 3RRR, PBS, SBS…) and in France (by the renowned Paris-based cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, major radio station France Inter and dozens of national music mags, local TV stations and radio shows). And now the Frenchman with the Scandinavian name is ready to return in March-April 2009 with a beautifully sensual new album titled ‘Cyprine’.

SvenSson’s music was cultivated from the influences and atmospheres of Joy Division and Lloyd Cole, as well as the literary flavours of modern french songwriters. And this alchemist’s latest release combines an unrestrained mix of electric outpourings with moments of naked grace…

There’s the curious singalong that is the contentiously titled ‘Fucking Shit’, which is receiving airplay on Australian airwaves. Or the ‘Initials P.J.’ mash-up – an eclectic mix of Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Initials B.B.’ tribute to Brigitte Bardot and Nick Cave & PJ Harvey’s ‘Henry Lee’ ballad. Not to mention ‘Gô/Nô-Gô’ a classy pop-rock single that’s already garnering airplay on major French and Swiss radios such including Virgin Radio and Couleur 3. ‘Fucking Shit’ and ‘Gô/Nô-Gô’ have also been chosen for the Japanese Ward/iTunes compilation ‘French Pops 50’. In short, Svensson’s new album is a collection of pure ‘so french’ pop jewels.

In concert, either in smoky pub cellars or under the bright lights of big stages, the young alchemist from Toulouse is joined by folk guitars, violin, ‘cellobass’, piano, and glockenspiel. This baroque acoustic quartet played over 100 gigs in France, Australia and Denmark on the ‘Better Days’ and ‘Perdition’ tours, sharing unplugged gigs with some of the most illustrious representatives of the French scene, including Miossec, Daniel Darc, Da Silva, Prohom, Nicholson, Verone and Miro. Not to mention renowned American acts such as Andrew Bird, The National and The Posies.

SvenSson and his inspired band members will be on the road again in 2009 on the ‘Cyprine World Tour’, a much-anticipated event in Japan, Australia and France.

– Wed. 18/3 : Adelaide @ Jive
– Fri. 20/3 : Melbourne @ Empress Of India (+ Brian Hooper + Dirt River Radio)
– Sat. 21/3 : Melbourne (Northcote) @ Wesley Anne (+ Andrew Mc Cubbin and the Hope Addicts + Dirt River Radio)
– Fri. 27/3 : Hobart @ Republic Bar (+ Brian Hooper)
– Sun. 29/3 : Sydney (Newtown) @ The Vanguard (+ Brian Hooper)
– Thu. 2/4 : Brisbane @ Step Inn
– Fri. 3/4 : Sunshine Coast (Hinterland) @ Woombye Hotel
– Sat. 4/4 : Southport (Qld) @ Del Plaza