12 O'Clock Track: Camille, "Tout Dit" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: Camille, "Tout Dit"



  • Camille
I've been a fan of peculiar French singer and songwriter Camille since hearing her excellent second album, 2005's Le Fil (Narada), which threads a single long tone throughout the entire record—it connects a dazzling collection of beguiling pop songs, most of which were created with only vocal sounds. Right around that time she worked with French group Nouvelle Vague on their first album, but she soon split—a good call, considering that her own music is much more interesting. Her follow-up, 2008's Music Hole (Virgin France), is more extroverted and even more reliant upon mouth sounds. Late last year she dropped her fourth studio album, Ilo Veyou (Virgin), which hasn't been released in the U.S.

It's the most conventional thing she's done since her debut, employing a wide range of backing instruments and a greater number of English-language tunes—but that's a relative assessment. Ilo Veyou may be a conservative record for Camille, but it nonetheless sounds like little else being recorded today. The all-vocal excursions include "Bubble Lady," which is unsurprisingly filled with popping-bubble sounds, and the title track rides on a nice pizzicato cello groove. "La France" is an original written in the style of an old-school chanson original, and though it's totally over-the-top I could easily imagine it sung by Edith Piaf. The song I've selected for today's 12 O'Clock Track is the last and leanest cut on the album, featuring only her voice, without any apparent overdubbing. But she makes great use of exhalation to create another compelling texture. Below you can watch the rather mysterious video for "Tout Dit."