NEW EP | Aure - A Few Notes
Sit down and luxuriate in the timeless class of Aure, whose EP “A Few Notes” provides a warm soundtrack for these dark and cold autumn and winter days. With her first ever release the French singer-songwriter with the characteristic husky voice is on the threshold of a very promising career.
The six songs of ‘A Few Notes’ almost all originated when Aure was living in Mexico for a couple of years. There the architect by profession took her first real steps as a musician and started writing compositions and songs. Former classmate Ambroise Willaume (aka Sage, and member of French band ‘Revolver’) helped with the arrangements, while English singer-songwriter Piers Faccini rewrote the lyrics for the songs in English. Aure also sings one song in French and one in Spanish, all in that deep and mellifluous voice that inevitably calls to mind icons like Nico and Françoise Hardy.
The songs were all recorded in one take in a small Romanesque chapel in her native region the Cevennes in the south of France. The building’s architecture intensifies the stripped-down production of the songs, and leaves plenty of room for the surrounding’s identity to fill in. Aure sings about doubts and about love confronted with time, in sparse, direct lyrics, like emotional snapshots, without artifice. The stripped-down production, with mainly guitar and voice, further emphasizes this directness, like a contemporary Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen, or more recently Jessica Pratt and Mariee Sioux.
Three songs already found their way to the audience as singles: debut ‘The Line’ was received enthusiastically in Belgium and France, and follow-ups ‘Dans La Plaine’ and ‘Suddenly’ only added to the growing fame in the rest of Europe. The Pariesienne’s songs were picked up by big international Spotify playlists, while press wrote in superlatives and big radio names in France (Les Inrocks, FIP) and the Benelux (Radio 1, Studio Brussel) were eager to give the soul-stirring songs extensive airplay.
Onstage Aure leaves audiences breathless, supporting Andy Shauf on his European tour, or headlining her first shows in her home country. She will be supporting fellow label artists Marble Sounds and Ão later this fall, and many more tour dates are to follow next year, along with new music. But for now, it is time to indulge in the beauty that is ‘A Few Notes’.