Emilien, now a permanent Parisian, lived in four other nations before settling in France. As he has traveled abroad, so has the music he’s heard along the way, traveled deeply to his core. And so Emilien proffers a sound as richly seasoned with the rhythms of Sega—the exuberant folk music of his youth—as it is with the melodic and harmonic development of the best of British pop. Somewhere in between those poles, lives the soulful American influence. In the best of Emilien’s music—as in the title track of Nations, a French-language meditation about life on relatively tiny Mauritius—the artist arrives at a perfect synthesis of all the influences he’s been touched by.
There you will hear the folkloric island contribution, though now completely re-imagined, featuring seductive sitar riffs. Emilien also turns to India (and likely George Harrison) for inspiration on “Divali” and Roots’ “Inner Understanding”, masterful sonic concoctions with Sega elements, Indian percussion, and the insistent drive of pop rock. From the lusty reggae-infused steamer “Zaffaire Là” on Nations, to the haunting international pop ballad “Life” featured midway through Roots, Emilien successfully spans the world’s rhythmic and emotional spectrums. For more information on Emilien, and to purchase his music, please visit: www.amazon.com www.cdbaby.com www.myspace.com/emilienmusique itunes Read more on Last.fm.
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