Other Sellers on Amazon
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Le Fil [2CD Set] Content/Copy-Protected CD, Limited Edition
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
The second album from avant-garde French vocalist Camille is a melting pot of interesting arrangements and unusual sounds.
Top Customer Reviews
Camille sings 98% of the record in her native French and it (if you don't speak it) gives an ethereal mystical quality to it. The saturation of melody in this album more than makes up for the fact that you cannot understand the lyrics.
It's majority is constructed entirely of vocals, a similar concept to Bjork's Medulla album. Camille makes a plethora of noises, ululations and percussive sounds to augment her lyrics and the occasional bass guitar. Theres a goreous bit where she hits a note which gets blended into the same note by a saxophone and the effect is superb.
A fantastic album, varied, innovtive, even catchy. I find myself singing along without knowing what the hell I'm on about! I would say it's an aquired taste but it's worth checking out.
I recently went to Paris for a weekend, and discovered this CD. It's the second solo album by French singer songwritr Camille who also performed with Nouvelle Vague (an album of bossa nova covers of new wave songs) and I think she did someting with Etienne de Crecy (a single from Super Discount 2).
Even if you do not understand a word of French, you can't miss the musical genius of this album. It has to be one of the most original and striking CDs released in years, mainly because of two fascinating features;
1) LE FIL (The Line or The Thread) which seems to represent the single long held note that runs the entire length of the CD, even after the 15 songs have finished! I think in Indian music it's called a drone.
2) The arrangements using 'human beatbox' (that's what the credits say) and lots of quirky vocal effects and harmonies all done by Camille it seems. It's light but funky, and you don't actually miss traditional instruments.
The songs themselves are very catchy and sometimes beautiful and haunting. I don't understand all the lyrics (GCSE French only!) but I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.
I found her the official site [...] - if you need more proof that this is a masterpiece. I suspect that we'll all be hearing a lot more from Camille in the future. I hope she releases some stuff in English at some point.
In the meantime, buy this album and you will not be disappointed. In France it's a phenomenon!
Quand Je Marche
Rue De Menilmontant
Baby Carni Bird
Who am I kidding, just listen to the whole album, it's worth it. Camille is one of the handfull of artists, even the most savvy of my music friends don't know about, and all of them have fallen head over heels for her, and her music.
Surprise yourself, and buy a record by an artist you don't know, in a language you probably don't speak, and fall in love with it anyway.
Withdraw one start because copy protected wma files mean that I can't play this on my mp3 player - my primary way of listening to music. What a disappointment.
The tunes defy conventional song structure but are melodically strong nonetheless, and arguably she integrates her many influences rather more seamlessly than does Bjork - European avant-garde electronica and French pop combines with African choral influences to make a cohesive whole. Each tracks segues into the next, so this is truly an album which deserves to be heard from start to finish.
It may take a few listens to fully get your head round, but it's well worth the effort. If you like your music fairly undemanding, best stick to Coldplay and their legion of dreary imitators - otherwise you really should check this out, there's nothing else quite like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd first heard of Camille when she did the song 'Le Festin' for the Pixar film 'Ratatouille' back in 2007, and then years later saw her perform songs from her then new album, 'Ilo... Read morePublished 18 months ago by NightmareWorks
A superb album! First heard this playing through my housemate's bedroom door and HAD to know what it was! Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by starofthefield
At first the thread irritated slightly, and then I got it join Camille on her vocal exploration I for one love itPublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by Chapperz
I don't know much about world music but there is something about this french singer (she is so much more) and the way she puts her music across, that is so compelling.Published on 27 Aug. 2009 by Toby
I am ashamed to say I first heard of Camille on the Ford Kuga advert, but have been very pleasantly supprised, having the bought the album on a whim. Read morePublished on 18 April 2009 by Martin Latham