Singer and composer Camille has released her fifth studio album OUÏ today. Acclaimed for taking French chanson in unexpected new directions with her second album, Le Fil, she has continued to baffle and amaze in equal measure with her vocal prowess, risk taking and flights of fancy.
Now on Because (Christine & The Queens, Metronomy), she recorded OUÏ in a 14th-century monastery la Charteuse in Avignon with collaborators Clement Ducol and engineer Maxime Leguil. It’s her most elegant work to date, with touching melodies encased in inventive but never overbearing arrangements and dominated by her multi-tracked vocals. But there’s still room for a little of the whimsy of yore on ‘Twix’ and the measured pulse of ‘Fontaine de Lait’ is a vehicle for lyrics that could be either a poetic description of motherhood, or utterly filthy. You can catch her at The Barbican in London on 30th October.