Rockfort on The Quietus: Interview with L'Ocelle Mare

The second of this month's columns on The Quietus features an interview with Thomas Bonvalet of L'Ocelle Mare, whose new album finds him working with the resonance of a protestant temple in Bergerac.

Rockfort on The Quietus: Interview with EDH

The new Rockfort column is up on The Quietus, featuring an interview with electronic pop producer EDH (Emanuelle de Héricourt) about her new album Yaviz and "the experiences that weave into her strange and beautiful music of opposites."

Enjoy the Silencio

Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab, Monade) has her second solo album ready for release on 24 July on Drag City. Called Silencio, it features 12 new tracks - including 'Auscultation to the Nation' and 'There Is a Price to Pay for Freedom (And It Isn't Security)' - and guests including Stereolab's Tim Gane and Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop.

New d√Čbruit on the Horizon

Post-dubstep producer Xavier Thomas aka dÉbruit is finally ready to release his West African-inspired debut album From the Horizon on 12 June on Civil Music after three years of amassing field recordings and archive material and playing live with his Intergalactic A/V live band. You can read a Rockfort interview with Thomas here.

Square Dance

On Saturday 17 March there's a free Francophone music festival taking place in Trafalgar Square, Musique En Français, featuring groups and singers from Lebanon, Haiti, Senegal and Quebec and Tunisia (Emel Mathlouthi, pictured above). Performances start at 12.30pm, more details here.

Long and Winding

A new album is imminent from L'Ocelle Mare aka Thomas Bonvalet of noise duo Cheval de Frise. Serpentement sees the guitarist persuing his more contemplative, electro-acoustic experiments and was apparently recorded in a protestant temple in Bergerac. You can listen to an extract here.

Missing Summer

Following last year’s To the Fire, reviewed on Rockfort, the Rennes band The Missing Season have released their new album digitally. Titled The Last Summer, it was recorded and produced by the band, and continues their fascination with the quiet side of Americana. The album can be heard or downloaded via one of these links.

Rockfort on The Quietus: Rockfort and The Meaning of Frenchness in Pop

There's a new Rockfort column on The Quietus, under their Black Sky Thinking banner, looking at what's 'French' about the acts from France making it in the UK and US, and spinning off from the recent Jonathan Meades series On France.

Rockfort on The Quietus: The French Outer Reaches

This month's column on The Quietus - "a trip around the Gallic margins" - features interviews with two contrasting electronic producers, Christophe Demarthe aka Cocoon and Philippe Petit, about their new albums.

Cold Comfort: Natural Snow Buildings Live in London

Prolific, cult psychedelic/drone-folk duo Natural Snow Buildings - aka Solange Gularte and Mehdi Ameziane, who also release solo work as Isengrind and Twinsistermoon - are playing an Upset the Rhythm night at The Victoria in Dalston on Saturday 10 March, supported by Ben Nash.