Alexandre Varlet is a French singer-songwriter who grew up in the coastal town of La Rochelle.
At the tendre age of 23, he releases his first album, Naïf Comme Le Couteau, soon followed by Dragueuse De Fond. Both albums are critically acclaimed but lack of sales success means that he is dropped by his record label.
Undeterred by major label policies, he is back a few years later with Ciel De Fête. Since then Varlet has built a strong discography, always released on smaller, artist-friendly record labels.
"It's bands like Joy Division that inspired me to make music. When I discovered these groups and, more generally, the 4AD and Factory labels, I bought an acoustic guitar with the intention of trying to reproduce those sounds in my own style.
It was obvious from the beginning that I was going to write lyrics in French and play an acoustic guitar. The challenge for me was to transcribe the emotions that I got from The Cure or Cocteau Twins using my own voice and my own instrument. It is in this way that I think I have constructed my sound." – Alexandre Varlet –
Varlet knows how to write lyrics with depth, something which is at the core of any good, classic French song. He dwells fearlessly on love, death and desperate emotion, all the while keeping humour and derision on the horizon.