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About A Voice
on 27 October 2011
Camille's 2008 album 'Music Hole' was my introduction to her work and
I loved it to bits. 'Ilo Veyou' continues her journey into a distinctive
musical world where the possibilities inherent in the human voice are
boundless. That she approaches her art with an utter lack of pretence
is wholly laudable and convincing. This collection of fifteen delightful
songs is reductive in approach, paring back any sense of excess and
delivering something which sounds as fresh as it is enervating. There is
an intimacy in the arrangements which invites us in like old friends to listen.
Singing in both French and English Camille has a truly lovely delivery;
it is a voice which savours every note and every word; a voice which delights
in its own flexibility and capacity to express a wide range of emotions.
The reliance on acoustic instruments gives the music a light and fresh
sense of immediacy but gravitas becomes her too. The haunting song 'She
Was' unfolds against a gently paced guitar and violin obbligato, slowly
gaining in intensity until its full power is released in the final bars.
'Wet Boy', on the other hand, is a simply beautiful folksy melody which
needs no decoration to make its mark. It floats like a leaf on the wind.
The traditional French musical roots of 'Le Berger' delivers yet another of
the project's highlights. A song which would not have sounded out of place as
the entertainment at a Medieval banquet. Wistful and moving in equal measure.
The tiny 'Message' is an utterly charming play-school bon bon and 'La France',
with its waltz-time tongue-in-cheek nationalistic fervour, is hilarious!
The unaccompanied final track 'Tout Dit' employs percussive vocal effects
to accompany the central melody. A cunning and breathtaking conclusion!
It's all about the voice and what a captivating voice it is.