After releasing a first track, ‘Les flocons de l’été’, in September, with a video directed by Romain Winkler, Étienne Daho – the 61-year-old godfather of the current French pop scene – has released his 11th album, Blitz. Following in the footsteps of Pop Satori (1986) and Eden (1996), Blitz was recorded in London, where Daho now spends part of his time.
Blitz is a dense, rugged album that is at once faithful to Daho’s musical past and marked by a desire for renewal. In terms of its sound, it takes a radical turn into a more rock sound and is traversed by psychedelic storms which he conjures with the assistance of Irish-Californian trio Unloved, who are guests on several songs, as well as Flavien Berger and Jade Vincent.
England’s capital also proves to be a great source of inspiration – the song ‘Chambre 29’ was influenced by a visit to a room in London where original Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett lived, while ‘Après le blitz’ features a recording of Daho and others singing around a piano in a Soho bar.