Clara Ysé “Oceono Nox”

October 2023 | MUSIC, 23/10

Singer and novelist Clara Ysé began playing the violin at the age of 4 and singing at 8. Her first compositions, on guitar, saw the light of day during her teenage years. The death of her mother, philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, was the dramatic event around which her first EP, “Le Monde S’Est Dédoublé”, was built. Her new album is just as beautiful and moving, only more appeased. Her voice oscillates between two Barbara’s (the tall brunette lady and Carlotti) with the beautiful foundation of her classical training still present. The accompaniment gives pride of place to strings and piano, with the cello on some tracks reminiscent of Jorane productions; on other, more spirited passages, electronics come to the fore. This album achieves the difficult alchemy of linking almost intimate tracks with acoustic instrumentation, and others with a more pronounced rhythm and electro sounds, with great naturalness. The lyrics are not to be outdone, speaking of loved ones and loss while calling for life. A young artist who holds the French chanson standard high.