She's a bit of a superstar in her own country, but over here in the UK the French avant-garde singer Camille Dalmais is still something of an unknown quantity. This, her fourth album, is unlikely to change that since she's unlikely to get much radio play on these shores - although she has had some exposure from Jools Holland, so who knows - and that's a shame, because she is rather wonderful.
Ilo Veyou (the title is actually in English - look at it again) is, like her previous release Music Hole, a mix of the odd, the mischievous, and the beautiful. Her amazingly flexible voice leaps across the octaves (the title track is sung in two different registers, at the same time - you need to hear it to understand what I mean) and across musical styles, incorporating elements of blues/soul belting (My Man is Married), balladry (Wet Boy), and even chanson (La France) mixed with her signature odd instrumentation and beatboxing.
This edition comes with a DVD containing an hour of film illustrating songs from the album. It's quirky, funny, pretentious and well worth the extra cash just to see her in action.
In turns silly, strange, challenging and beautiful, Ilo Veyou is well worth the effort.