Unvarnished Elegance – “ICU” by Lou Doillon

12 Sep

Lou Doillon

French model and actress Lou Doillon is featured in Barney’s Fall advertisement campaign, which can be seen in the Madison avenue store’s windows. Ok … when did you turn into a fashion blog (like Hipstersleek, which you should definitely check out!) I haven’t. Doillon is a triple threat. Her career as a singer may soon trump her other two titles.

Doillon, whose father is French director Jacques Doillon and mother is British actress and singer Jane Birkin, quite obviously comes from an entertainment background. She started her acting career in 1988, where she played her mother’s daughter in Kung-Fu Master. Her modeling career has propelled her to more international celebrity status. But, as I claimed above, ultimately I believe her biggest strength is with her subdued music. Her 2012 album Places hit #3 on the French charts and helped earn her a  French Grammy for Female Artist of the Year.

“ICU,” my favorite single off her debut album, secured the best position on the French charts among her three singles. It is restrained and melancholy, much in the style of Lana Del Rey. That is how I see Doillon. Her music, like Del Rey’s, maintains a clear cinematic sound that is echoed by her haunting vocals; not so because of ethereality but because of the tempered power of her deep vocal. You can think of her as a pop lounge singer, but I find her craft more artistic and personal.

It’s an impressive song. While simple, it is unique and intriguing. The listener is ensnared by her voice, and this is such a premium quality for a professional musicians. Doillon has a bright future ahead of her as an artist.

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