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when Music rules the World

Laura Cahen
La Jetée
La Jetée
Laura Cahen (La Jetée - Single)
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Nicolas: Last time we had a winner who spoke about the sea. When I send a song about the sea, you know it's about someone drowning in it because of an impossible love. 'La jetée', which translates to 'The pier', starts out like an electronic song with calm and breathy vocals but as the story progresses the song and instrumentals also change to for example more classical strings. She cites artists like Kate Bush, Björk and Radiohead so you kind of know what you can expect though it's certainly not a copy of any of those. Of course also the title gives several opportunities to double entendres (luckily not in a cheesy or vulgar way) and she also sings how she threw herself into the sea one evening; "Je me suis jetée un soir". So does 'la jetée' refer to the pier where the girls came to swim during summer or simply to the singer herself as she realised she ran after a love that she thought was not meant to be? I always translate/make a biography for the artists I send but I read this in an interview and I think it's very obvious in and important for this song, hence why I'm telling you the following fact. Laura likes to 'colloborate' with the instrumentals or rhythm of a song and it's very noticable that both of them change to different keys and tempi throughout the song. Unlike last time I do encourage you now to go and watch the video. It's (according to me) really good at telling the story of the song even more with the contrast between the harsh black and white reality and the colourful scenes of what could have been, along with the overall scenery which is also great. I absolutely love this song and video and it made me realize no true love is impossible as long as you dare to jump into it, instead of drowing in your own sadness. I almost tried my luck with a much more accessible song of a former winner of mine (Owlle - Mirage) but this has so much more to offer and I don't want to send artists again I have send myself once before. I would rather like to think both you and me can get something serious out of a song and maybe even a video. It's perhaps a bit of a stretch for some of you but let's give it a chance and I hope you can enjoy it, maybe on several levels. Both through experience and studies I know there are two things we all respond to: music and love. Please don't let me drown, reach for my hand and I promise I will accept it.
Laura Cahen

Laura Cahen is a French singer born in 1990, in Nancy who writes her music and lyrics herself. She soon started out in the guitar/contrebasse band 'Deux Z'elles' but decided to release an EP under her own name in 2012. Between 2012 and 2015 she released 3 EP's but it wasn't until 2017 that she released her first album: 'Nord'. Often comparing her voice to iconic singer Barbara, a French magazine 'Les Inrocks' even placed her between Barbara and Camélia Jordana. Laura herself admits her influences rather come from Serge Gainsbourg, Keren Ann, Bertrand Belin, a modern version of Barbara and mostly anglophone artists. She is praised for her clear, high voice that can put the emphasis on the right notes and words making her songs unique and always carrying a certain depth, also not shying away from difficult subjects. With that in mind you besides a gifted songwriter you can also call her a gifted raconteur, she uses her voice to make the message or story come across. Laura likes to instill her songs with a sense of movement by writing on trains. Finally in 2021 she released her second album 'Une Fille', from which this entry is taken.

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