new artist of the day : Feu! Chatterton

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Feu! Chatterton are one of France’s finest new bands, and discerning francophiles amongst you will not be able to get enough of this debonair Paris-based five-piece.

Named after the tragic 18th century English poet Thomas Chatterton who has inspired everyone from Serge Gainsbourg to Suede (compare the cover art of ‘Dog Man Star’ with the famous Henry Wallace painting of Chatterton’s death scene and you’ll see what I mean), the group also take literary cues from Balzac, Baudelaire, Roberto Bolaño and John Fante. The music meanwhile conflates the old chanson variété with something more ambient and darkly dreamlike. It’s no surprise there are dance elements given that lead singer Arthur Teboul is a former slam poet, though the overall picture is one of refinement and, dare we say it, Parisian chicness. Feu! Chatterton are très, très cool, non?

Having just released their new album ‘Ici le jour (a tout enseveli)’ [or here’s the day (everything’s buried) in English], the band have a great new single – ‘Fou à lier’ [or raving mad] – with a full-animated video that will immerse you in that wonderful dreamscape we were talking about. Signed to Maison Barclay in France, they join a rich lineage of artists from Jacques Brel to the Sex Pistols (Eddie Barclay signed the latter before Richard Branson), and they are also stealthily establishing themselves as one of the finest live bands in La France, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by respected magazines like Les Inrocks.

Nobody need shout out fire in the theatre, Feu! Chatterton are the real deal. Check out the video to ‘Fou à lier’ here and you’ll see what we mean:

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