Faustine Seilman

Bio
Armée de son piano et de sa voix au timbre grave, Faustine Seilman revient aujourd’hui avec un album ombragé et lumineux “Whispers & Shouts“, deux ans après le mélancolique “Silent Valley“.

Née d’un père Cingalais exilé en Angleterre et d’une mère française, Faustine grandit entre Nantes et Brighton bercée par le tourbillon des musiques folks et psychédéliques anglo-saxonnes. Elle suit pourtant une rigoureuse éducation classique au piano, qu’elle abandonnera pour écrire ses premières chansons dans le langage paternel, en hommage à sa disparition et traduisant l’héritage musical qu’il lui a laissé (Carole King, Neil Young, Melanie…).

Toujours accompagnée de son petit frère et complice de toujours Jonathan K. Seilman (multi-instrumentiste et arrangeur, notamment pour The Patriotic Sunday), son compagnon Vincent Dupas (My Name Is Nobody, guitariste), et Pierre Marolleau qui apporte toute la tension rythmique“Whispers & Shouts” est album à la fois ombragé et lumineux, rappelant aussi bien l’excentricité de Blondie que la noirceur de Barbara.

Fort d’une production organique et aérienne de Gaël Desbois (Laetitia Sheriff, Mobiil), toute en pleins (lignes de basse pop, place centrale du piano) et déliés (guitares acérées), “Whispers & Shouts“ est aussi le lieu de collaborations et d’échanges artistiques avec Marcel Kanche, parolier pour -M-, Rokia Traoré et Vanessa Paradis, qui signe ici le majestueux morceau ‘Laissez-Nous Là’, et The Healthy Boy pour le plus éthéré ‘Facing the Ocean’.

Faustine Seilman a aussi partagé l’affiche avec des figures emblématiques du moment telles que Moriarty, Alela Diane, Micky Green, Vic Chesnutt, Laëtitia Sheriff ou encore Thee Silver Mount Zion.

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Two years after the release of the melancholic “Silent Valley“, Faustine Seilman returns with “Whispers & Shouts“, an album dappled in light and shadows.

Born to a Singhalese father exiled in England and a French mother, Faustine grew up in Nantes and Brighton, nourished by the sounds of various folk musics and anglo-saxon psychedelic rock. She went on to pursue rigorous classical training in piano that she later abandoned to devote herself to her first songs in her paternal tongue, an homage to his passing and a translation of the musical heritage that he left behind (Carole King, Neil Young, Melanie…).

Faustine cultivated her songwriting within various groups (most notably My Name is Nobody) before recording her first solo album. Accompanied by her younger brother and enduring accomplice, Jonathan K. Seilman (multi-instrumentalist and composer) as well as Vincent Dupas (guitarist and singer of the band My Name is Nobody), she later teamed up with Pierre Marolleau who introduced a new rhythmic tension to her songs.

The momentum she developed from having shared the stage with such celebrated figures as Moriarty, Alela Diane, Micky Green, Vic Chesnutt, Laëtitia Sheriff and even Thee Silver Mount Zion, pushed her to continue writing with her band and to record 11 new songs in the spring of 2009 at La Fosse aux Loups (The Wolf Pit, her country hearth), assisted by the producer Gaël Desbois (Laëtitia Sheriff, Mobiil). She left the arrangements to Jonathan K. Seilman, who had just finished working on “Characters” of The Patriotic Sunday (Collectif-Effervescence 2009).

Still armed with her piano and her deep voice, Faustine Seilman presents us with an album that at times recalls the eccentricity of Blondie , and at others the darkness of Barbara. The organic and ethereal production of Gaël Desbois imparts a sense of respiration among the instruments, a certain woodsy feel not unlike Beth Orton’s “Comfort of Strangers” with its fullness (pop bass lines, the emphasis on piano) and its delicacy (cutting/acute guitar parts).

“Whispers & Shouts“ alternates between ballads (similar to those of Radiohead from ‘The Bends’ on ‘Prison of Gold’, or Nick Cave’s ‘Murder Ballads’ on ‘Facing The Ocean’), English pop (The Cure of ‘The Lovecats’ on ‘Lost friends’, The Beatles of ‘Strawberry Fields’ on ‘The Young Man & The Sea’) impassioned indie-rock remembering Arcade Fire or Wolf Parade (“Never Ending Song”).

“Whispers & Shouts“ is also the site of collaborations and artistic correspondence with Marcel Kanche, songwriter for -M-, Rokia Traoré andVanessa Paradis, who wrote ‘Laissez-Nous Là’ for this album, and The Healthy Boy for the more unearthly ‘Facing the Ocean’.

Discography
‘Silent Valley’
Collectif Effervescence
2007
CD
‘Whispers & Shouts’
Collectif-Effervescence
2010
CD
Video
‘Keys are bound to be found’ (Video directed by Jérôme De Missolz)
‘The Man Who Said No’ (Video directed by Jérôme De Missolz)
Live video | 6/ 4 Laval (FR) | ‘Sincerely yours’ | (Edited by Prisma-2008)