It’s at times like these we really wish we’d paid more attention during French lessons at school. If we had we may well have been able to provide a little more context to Laure Briard’s rather exquisite Égoîste.

Of course our shameful lack of understanding with regard to the French language means we’ll have to make a few assumptions! For example we’ll assume that Egoïste is far more likely to be a reprimand aimed at a somebody with a bit of an attitude rather than a paean to an expensive,  woody oriental Chanel fragrance of the same name.

It’s certainly a beautiful tune that starts out a little reminiscent of R.E.M.’s Near Wild Heaven, although as it reveals itself Harriet Wheeler meets Stereolab would be a rather more accurate description. It mixes dreamy vocals and chiming, occasionally strident guitars with a sublime melody that would speak directly to us whatever the language.

It’s from Laure Briard’s latest album Révélation ‘ which is available via Burger/2000 Records HERE

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ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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