Although Alexandre Varlet may not be the most prolific of French singer-songwriters, he is without doubt one of our most talented.
After three albums, Naïf Comme Le Couteau, Dragueuse De Fond and Ciel De Fête, Alexandre has just returned with Soleil Noir, a beautiful minimalist LP which reveals his influences more than ever – English post-punk and North American folk.
Varlet's greatest strength lies in his lyrics. They have a unique poetry and are delivered with a sweet yet sharp voice that you would recognise anywhere. Yet, he knows when to step back and never allows himself to sink into pathos.
If there's any justice in the world, the great Alexandre will turn his sensitive, emotional little kingdom into an empire.