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Oui high­lights Camille’s skill with a deft demon­stra­tion of how to blend lan­guage, mu­sic and har­monies into spi­rals of sound

CAMILLE Oui ★★★★ Balu­lalo/Be­cause

Be­fore Chris­tine and The Queens made the hugely pop­u­lar case for idio­syn­cratic French pop, there was Camille Dal­mais. Over four pre­vi­ous al­bums, Dal­mais cre­ated bright and bold pop songs where left­field pop sen­si­bil­i­ties and ex­per­i­men­tal no­tions got merry with wild aban­don. She has al­ways had a strong melodic acu­men when it comes to vo­cals and Oui high­lights this skill with a deft demon­stra­tion of how to blend lan­guage, mu­sic and har­monies into spi­rals of sound. Over a soundbed of min­i­mal per­cus­sion and skele­tal synth craft­work, Dal­mais’ voice tricks, teases and tan­ta­lises. She can do men­ac­ing noir (Sous le sables), thump­ing bass bangers (Les toups) and grand­stand­ing pop (Seeds) just as eas­ily as she can provide ghostly chants (Je ne mache pas mes mots) or sweet har­monies (Fon­tain au lait). For those who say yes to Oui, there’s also a hugely en­joy­able back cat­a­logue to in­ves­ti­gate and be smit­ten by. camille­of­fi­ciel.fr JIM CAR­ROLL

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