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Dans la mer aussi il y a des étoiles (translated as - ‘in the sea also there are stars’) is the much anticipated new French album by starry-eyed songstress Melanie Horsnell. Funded by a highly successful Pozible Campaign, the album was born in a 6 month residency in France where Horsnell travelled the countryside from Marseille to Bourgogne to Paris with her two young daughters, writing songs with French poet Alain Rivet and French pop icon Helena Noguerra.
Dans la mer aussi il y a des étoiles is a whimsical romantic offering of whispery laments, haunting cities and lonely souls sketched out by the signature feathery voice of Melanie Horsnell.
The album unfolds with the dreamy ballad ‘Etoiles’ (stars) which tells the story of a sculptor in an old dusty artist’s studio ‘in your eyes there are stars, in your heart there is sun… that is how I love you’. There’s songs of dark yearning – ‘Marseille’ (about a woman who’s called Marseille by her lover) alongside cheeky jaunts such as ‘Annabelle’ - a Parisian girl who rides ferris wheels and eats chocolate for breakfast, and ‘Ton Pyjama’ (lyrics by Helen Noguerra) about a man who has left his green pyjamas behind and runs through the street naked.
Peppered through this enchanting French album are some delightful renditions of French classics – there’s Horsnell’s bittersweet waltz of Piaf’s ‘La Vie en Rose’, an intimate paring of iconic French chanson ‘La Mer’ and a delicious magical French-styled duet with Brian Campeau of ‘Over the Rainbow’. Instrumentation is often bare but illuminating – Melanie’s gentle classical guitar fingerpicking is accompanied by a touch of strings, a cello melody (by Ben Tolliday), a mandolin (Brian Campeau), a few notes from the clarinet (Phil Moriarty) or piano (Lachlan Doley).
Melanie Horsnell’s critically acclaimed last album The Cloud Appreciation Society was long-listed for the prestigious 2013 AMP (Australian Music Prize). She was nominated for an APRA award in 2011 and has played alongside Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko, Jason Mraz, Josh Pyke and Glen Hansard; and written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt, and for film and television.
Dans la mer aussi il y a des étoiles is Melanie Horsnell’s 4th album and was recorded and mixed by Brian Campeau at Plex Studio Sydney and mastered by Jonothan Holmes. With original drawings by Melanie Horsnell, this thoughtful, delicately spun album of gypsy songs and dim lit rooms will evoke the romance of another era and a wanderlust spirit.
Praise for Melanie Horsnell’s The Cloud Appreciation Society:
Horsnell is a songwriting gem, shining light on everyday life with gentle accuracy.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian 2013
A promise of a softly lit afternoon in the company of Melanie Horsnell… with a voice of the utmost delicateness…
Bernard Zuel, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age
Melanie Horsnell has created something as delicate as a cloud, which will be appreciated long after the first listen. Rhythms Magazine