Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight On Emilie Simon
One of France’s most acclaimed young artists and composers, Emilie Simon, is set to release her exquisite new album, Franky Knight, in the U.S. in August 2012.
With acclaim that includes three wins at France’s prestigious “Victoires de la Musique” (French equivalent to the GRAMMY Awards) and nominations for the Prix Constantin and Cesars (French equivalent to the U.S Academy Awards), Emilie Simon has blazed a path in her native France as a forward thinking composer, singer/songwriter and dynamic electro-pop musician as well as one of the country’s best selling female recording artists.
The U.S. release of her new album coincides with the theatrical release of the Audrey Tautou film Delicacy, directed by the Foenkinos Brothers and based on the multi-million selling novel of the same name. Franky Knight serves as the primary soundtrack to the movie, with Emilie also creating all of the original score for the film. Emilie’s previous movie credits include the score for the original version of the Academy Award winning nature documentary March of the Penguins.
Franky Knight is an intensely emotional and poignant album that maintains a sense of both melancholy and joy. Renowned for her inventive production skills and use of electronic software in her music, Emilie creates an ingenious and beguiling soundscape that is uniquely her own. “Mon Chevalier” serves as Franky Knight’s overture, building layers of horns and glockenspiels with Emilie’s insistent voice joining the choir of instruments. “I Call It Love,” a track featured in the trailer for Delicacy, takes a nod from Motown and doo wop, with the electro-pop of “Franky’s Princess” underscoring the candor and emotion in her vocals.
Here is Emilie’s new video for “Mon Chevalier”: