French/English artist’s impressive debut album is released this week. (Photo credit: Sarah Kjelleren)
By Blurt Staff
An immensely promising young artist, 23-year old singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard—who sings and writes both in French and English—arrives in stores and digital outlets tomorrow, Oct. 2, with debut full length deux visions (Cumbancha). It’s pretty special, and we’re pretty sure that BLURT readers will fall in love with it. We’ve got an exclusive full album stream for your previewing pleasure:
The French-English title, you may have surmised, is instructive: it refers to her dual identity, of course, meaning two visions, but it also conjures divisions—say that title out loud. Blanchard herself adds, “My album is an ode to my cultures. It tugs at this sense of non-belonging, or rather, belonging to the Middle Ground, the Liminal Space…the Atlantic distance that stretches between my two home countries. It is as eclectic in sounds and genres as are my two worlds.”
The backstory: Blanchard’s musical inspirations have their roots in her biography: a childhood in southern France, young adulthood in Vermont, interspersed with travels to over thirty different countries thanks to her parents’ humanitarian work. A singer from infancy and a songwriter since childhood, Blanchard’s musical influences are as eclectic as her upbringing. Her family’s soundtrack included folk, rock, jazz, French chanson and pop, classical, soul, world music and musical theater. Singing-wise, those influences include Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Diana Krall and Norah Jones along with French icons such as Carla Bruni, Francoise Hardy, Edith Piaf, Francis Cabrel, and Alain Souchon, all leaving their mark on her musical development.
You can also view her 1st video from the album, for “Rame – http://www.cmj.com/news/video-premiere-2/
On the web: http://www.francescablanchard.com/