French Lounge music artists
'Organic moonshine roots music' is how June, a dreadlocked multi-instrumentalist from Tennessee with a ferocious drawl, describes her style. With its magical soul harmonies and folk banjo-strumming, her debut album, , is enough to make you long to spend a night under the stars in the American Deep South.
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Otherwise known as Bridie Monds-Watson, a 17-year-old from Derry, Soak has a wonderfully androgynous look, though she sings in the purest, sweetest voice. 'Blud', her first EP, is made up of oblique narratives about teenage life with sparse accompaniment from her acoustic guitar – a style of folk that has been likened to Cat Power’s.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Raised in Miami by a French mother and Haitian father, was classically trained but discovered a love of jazz while studying law in France. She’s blessed with a full vocal range, and her performances are theatrically expressive. 'WomanChild', her latest single, is an ode to innocence and expectation.
Sharon Van Etten
The 33-year-old from New Jersey writes and sings compelling slow-burning indie ballads about romantic trauma. She has a stirring voice that wavers between brave and broken, and her intimate lyrics are laced around empowering guitar riffs and orchestral builds. Her latest album, , was released in May.
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Adored in her native Iceland, Arnalds is a classically trained violinist. But her most captivating instrument is her otherworldly voice, which weaves its way around minimalist arrangements of the piano and charango. The tracks on her third LP, 'Sudden Elevation', relate – all in English – personal experiences with a cheerful wisdom.
A Mancunian with crystal vocals, Oniyama has a unique sound that is part Northern Soul, part country folk and springs from a mix of influences, including King Sunny Adé and Joni Mitchell. The songs about childhood from her debut album, , are uplifting and nostalgic and call to mind 1950s lounge singers.