18/2/16 – Lou Doillon – EP – 2012 / Devil Or Angel / I.C.U – Videos – 2012

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Lou Doillon EP 2012Lou Doillon possesses the greatest of gifts, a voice redolent of someone you have or will or can love without question, a mouth so sensuous that her lips refuse to let it close, her skin, glaciers that stretch like winter white blankets protecting the angles of the bones in her face. She beguiles and displays a shy provocation, an uncertain enigmatic and magnetic beauty. She’s like a ghost that only the privileged can see, a spirit wandering through the empty streets, an unrecognisable shadow that you will never forget. Her narrative songs draw you in and refuse answers as the story of her experience ends in anticipation.

This first EP released in 2012 features three tracks and a remix:

Defiant
Devil Or angel
I.C.U
I.C.U. Bright Moments Remix

Lou Doillon is half french and half english, daughter of English singer, actress and muse Jane Birkin and film director Jacques Doillon. She’s the perfect hybrid personality of French seduction and English demureness. She has Sharon Van Etten’s American mood (she lives in New York) and a darkness in her voice like a less stylized Tanita Tikaram. You could see her becoming a cross between Patti Smith and Marianne Faithful in 2050 (hopefully without the drugs to get there) drawing upon the experiences of her parents and her half sisters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jacques Doillon’s other children and Birkin’s other daughter, Kate Barry from her marriage to composer John Barry (tragically said to have committed suicide) and of course the legend that is Serge Gainsbourg. She lives in a circle of love, art, genius, success, she is also a mother herself (separated). She is a model and an actress, appearing in many French films and of course bilingual. She has made two albums since this EP, Places (2012) and Lay Low (2015).

Defiant with its sprightly piano and lyric lets you know that you cannot possess her, she sings as if she has done something you never thought of, been somewhere you’ll never go. And then she tears down the walls and exposes her vulnerability as she realises she needs more then herself after all.

Devils and Angels is a plea for reason in the eternal unsolved conflict and the final song I.C.U. – a search for a lover gone. It all sounds so simple or even obvious but her skills are as much in her pen as in her voice as she poetically expresses longing and love in moody phrases and sensual lines with assured intelligence – the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Lyrics:

Defiant

I used to stand strong and defiant to the wind,
Like a bird of storm in any currents,
I’d spread my wings
I used to ride them furious waves singing:
To no country nor man will I ever be slave!

But now no Blast, no breeze will billow my sail,

I used to say alone is how one travels best,
Home is where I stand, don’t need
Anything else…
And I never knew
This ease could leave
I never thought I’d say,
Please show me the way…

Cause now no blast, no breeze will billow my sail
Cause now no moon, no stars will show the way

I used to stand strong and defiant to the wind,
Like a bird of storm in any currents,
I’d spread my wings

But now no blast, no breeze will billow my sail
But now no moon, no stars will show me the way

Devil Or Angel

I’ll never quite understand
Why we love to carry on wars
As we do
And I haven’t yet opened the door,
That your bullets are already
Flying through
And I wish you’d stop
Claiming you surrender
Lay down the guns if you do
You accuse me of standing guard
But wouldn’t you?

Honey you’re so quick to skip
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I’m nor one nor the other,
And I’m sorry if I, if I disappoint you so

And I’ll never know where to stand,
When all your hell
Breaks loose,
And I haven’t yet said a word
that retaliation troops are
On their way.
And I wish you’d stop claiming
You surrender,
lay down the guns if you do
You accuse me of standing guard,
But wouldn’t you?

Honey you’re so quick to skip
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I’m nor one nor the other,
And I’m sorry if I, if I disappoint you so

Mmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmm….
And I wish you’d stop claiming
you surrender.
Lay down the guns if you do.
You accuse me of standing guard,
But wouldn’t you?
Honey you’re so quick to skip,
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I’m nor one nor the other,
And I’m sorry if I, if I disappoint you,
Honey you’re so quick to skip,
From praise to slander,
Devil or Angel,
I’m nor one nor the other
And I’m sorry if I, if I disappoint you so

I.C.U.

I wake up some mornings
thank God not as often as I used to
slow and heavy from dreams with you
you’ve found a way back in
once again my long lost friend
funny to see that after all these years
I miss you the same

So I drag myself to the corner café
and for a second I see you there
like in the good old days
and I wonder what you’re doing ?
what are you up to these days ?
I sometimes wish you would call me
buth then I wouldn’t know what to say

and I see you, in every cab that goes by, in the strangers at every cross road, in every bar

it takes a glass or two
for it to settle down
for your shadows to stop following me
around
I find myself walking back
to all the places we knew
dreaming and wishing
to somehow run into you

And of course I wonder
does it happen to you ?
Does my ghost ever come looking for you ?

and I see you….

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Doillon

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4 Responses to “18/2/16 – Lou Doillon – EP – 2012 / Devil Or Angel / I.C.U – Videos – 2012”

  1. jedmatthew February 18, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    Great stuff, Marty.

    I can definitely see the resemblance to her mum Jane Birkin (especially the mouth). Lou possesses that effortlessness Parisienne-ness of her half sister, Charlotte Gainsbourg (who also makes great music).
    Now I need to check out Lou’s films!

  2. simone February 19, 2016 at 4:16 am #

    Often in the shadows of her mother and Charlotte, Lou’s cinematic career is often under the radar, but she is finally being noticed for her own worth. Her performances in the comedy Mauvaise Fréquentation ( Bad Company) and especially her role as orphan Judith opposite Virginie Ledoyen in Saint Ange ( House of Voices) are brilliant.
    What else can one say about her except this… elle est belle et sophistiquée avec une voix rauque cassée. Elle est (comme sa mère et sœur) tout simplement parfait!

  3. jedmatthew April 5, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    John Cale performed The Velvet Underground And Nico in its entirely live at the Philharmonie de Paris last on Sunday, April 3.

    The album was played in random order along with songs from White Light/White Heat.

    Cale was joined by Lou Doillon on the third video in the series posted above .

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