The latest album of abstract soundscapes from producer Laurent Chambert (who also works with cult cold wave chanteuse Marie Möör in The Other Colours) ‘ALF10 La Société de Curiosités’ can be heard for free or downloaded here, and there are also limited edition vinyl copies to order.
Rockfort is briefly turning Lithuanian next week. Live from 8pm, Tuesday 10 August on Resonance FM, Ludo will be interviewing folk and cabaret-tinged artist Alina Orlova, whose work can be reminiscent of acts like CocoRosie, Cocteau Twins and Anthony and the Johnsons. Daiva Parulskiene, Cultural attaché of the Lithuanian Embassy will also be present to discuss cultural links between Lithuania and the UK.
The French indie label Les Disques Normal has issued a tribute to Mark Linkous aka Sparklehorse, who committed suicide earlier this year. The album, 'I Wish I Had a Horse's Head' features covers of Linkous's songs by French bands including Centenaire, who contribute a version of 'Sea of Teeth', and Montgomery. It's available as a free download here.
Renowned instrumental composer Yann Tiersen has signed to Mute and will be releasing a new album, 'Dust Lane', on 4 October. The album was produced by Tiersen himself and mixed by Ken Thomas, who has also worked with M83 and Moby. For the first time, the music features analogue synths and other electronic sounds. He will also be on tour in the UK in October and November.
Camden's Koko is playing host to a French-leaning night on 14 August. DJ and producer Kavinsky and Bordeaux's terrible twosome Kap Bambino are topping the bill, and are also joined by Kitsuné-signed Autokratz. Full details are here. Rockfort is giving away a pair of tickets for the event - just send a message titled 'Koko Comp' from here with your name and email address before Thursday 12 August and the winner will be selected at random.
'L'Autre Monde' (English title: 'Black Heaven') is the forthcoming virtual reality-themed thriller from Gilles Marchand (also director of 'Qui a tué Bambi?') and is scored by M83, who contributes two previously unreleased tracks including 'Black Hole', and film composer Emmanuel D'Orlando, who also arranged Sebastien Tellier's 'La Ritournelle'. The soundtrack also includes 'Oh My Love' by John and Jehn, which features heavily in the trailer.
For those heading to Glastonbury this weekend, this year's festival features an all-French showcase for the first time ever. On Saturday night (26 June), The Hub in the Shangri-La area will feature an electro-leaning line-up of turntablists Birdy Nam Nam and sardonic electro-punk duo Sexy Sushi, Tepr (the man behind some of Yelle's music) and laptop-based, post-dubstep sounds from dEbruit.
The increasingly excellent Parisian three-piece NLF3 have put a brand new track, called 'Wild Chants', up in a few places on the internet. It's a foretaste of their next album, 'Beautiful Is The Way to the World Beyond', which is due out on Prohibited Records in the autumn. You can listen to it here.
Rockfort DJs Ludo and David will be DJing in Le Bistrot of London's Institut Français from 8pm for Exhibition Road Music Day (20 June). The event, which is the British version of the Fête de la musique, also features a number of French and Francophone acts including GaBLé, Cocoon, Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko with French cellist Vincent Segal, and François and the Atlas Mountains. Ludo will also be DJing on Friday 18 at Playtime, a new venue in Islington.
STOP PRESS: Cocoon have had to pull out due to health reasons and will be replaced by orch-popsters Revolver.
Rockfort is saddened to learn that the guitarist of cult Parisian garage rockers Blutt - Rackam, real name Stéphane Arlaud - has passed away. Rackham was also a member of a number of semi-obcsure but fondly remembered acts including Les Pasadenas, Les Rouquins, Wysiwygs and Bâtiment C.