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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.