The musical news of the week: Louise Attaque, Anna of the North, Mathias Malzieu, Ibrahim Maalouf and Ofenbach

The trio formed by Arnaud Samuel, Gaëtan Roussel and Robin Feix delivers a nice surprise, imagined in secret in the wake of the free concerts given last April at the Élysée Montmartre in Paris to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their first album. .

The sound is different, with the contribution of string arrangements that we owe to Rémy Galichet (Alain Chamfort, Dani, Renan Luce, Mathieu Chedid…). “We hoped that the strings would bring us a certain flight, a certain breadth, a certain breadth, says Gaëtan Roussel in a video presentation of the album. We looked at Last Shadow Puppets or Vampire Weekend…” A record on human relations to communicative energy.

+ READ: Louise Attaque looks at the planet and human relations

Anna of the North: “60 seconds” (**)

After a resolutely electro-pop first album, the young Norwegian singer Anna Lotterud has confirmed her potential on dreamgirl, with a more optimistic tone but also with a more commercial musical direction. 60 seconds confirms and reinforces this trend with bouncy pop tracks with an 80’s flavour, clearly aimed at a wider audience. But unfortunately, most of the time, it is without much relief, even if the listening remains pleasant. (

Anna of the North, “60 seconds”, Pias

Mathias Malzieu and Daria Nelson: The Symphony of Passing Time (****)

For this first project outside of Dionysos, Mathias Malzieu joined forces with his lover, photographer Daria Nelson, with whom he co-wrote The symphony of passing time. A multi-meaning project, both symphonic (thanks to the arranger Olivier Daviaud), pop and poetic, this contemporary musical comedy is worth the detour. All titles were “clipped” by Le Turk and Sébastien Roignant. It’s about love, grief (a miscarriage) and resilience. It’s smart, both serious and light: a great success.

Daria Nelson and Mathias Malzieu, “The Symphony of Passing Time”, Verycords.

Ibrahim Maalouf, constructive identities (*****)

With his trumpet and his way of playing it, divinely, the Franco-Lebanese Ibrahim Maalouf continues his quest for other horizons. With Capacity to loveintroduced by the iconic Dictator by Charlie Chaplin, the modern jazzman reaches the heights, to the rhythm of frantic collaborations (Érick the Architect, Gregory Porter, Cimafunk, De La Soul and… Sharon Stone, on a spoken word inhabited) which make him integrate Latin sounds, rap , soul, etc., always with this unstoppable emotion and vibration.

Ibrahim Maalouf, “Capacity to love”, Mi’ster

Ofenbach, the trap of the album (**)

Propelled on the international scene for 5 years, the Parisian duo Ofenbach (César and Dorian, the great-grandson of… Guy Lux) finally offers their 1st album… without much surprise except for its concise aspect (12 sounds less than 2min30!), played like a mix. More summery than autumnal, the tracks owe above all to the quality of the performers gathered here to better dynamite the game. Score level, the isolated singles of the pair were much better. A good moment so quickly forgotten.

Ofenbach, “I”, Warner

The jukebox of the week

A ninth album for Jenifer

Coincidence or not, Jenifer, the first winner of Star Academy, publishes her ninth album while reality TV has restarted on TF1. N°9 was recorded between Paris and London, in the legendary Eastcote studio where the Sex Pistols, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Depeche Mode have passed. We find the vintage sounds that gave Jenifer a taste for music and the stage. The disc is worn by Sauve qui amour.

M.Pokora publishes “Epicenter”

M.Pokora, he celebrates his twenty-year career with the album Épicentre, which is also his ninth. A record marked by the upheavals in his personal life: he married actress and singer Christina Milian, with whom he had two children, Isaiah and Kenna. The disc alternates between ballads and more rhythmic songs. An Epicenter Tour is planned for 2023.

Dutronc & Dutronc

Jacques and Thomas are reunited for the first time on a complete album. We find all the hits of the father (L’opportuniste, J’aime les filles, Et moi et moi et moi, Il est cinq heures Paris s’éveil…) and of the son (Tomorrow, Eternal until, tomorrow , I don’t care…) revisited. A beautiful moment of sharing.

Suzane’s Cameo

We tell you more about it in our Monday edition, but this Friday is also the day of the release of Suzane’s second album, entitled Cameo. A more introspective disc, where we discover more Océane (her real first name). We find there his first love song (Vista sul mare) but also more festive and dancing songs like on his first album, Toï Toï.

A few gigs…

Let’s first remember that the American metal band Slipknot will perform at Graspop on June 17 (

After their successful discographic return last spring with never let me go, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal, Placebo’s two friends, are performing at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp on Tuesday 08 November. Hoping for a little more human contact than in Werchter…

Notice to 90’s fans: Backstreet Boys will be in Antwerp two days later, with their DNA Tour.

On the side of Forest National, we will note the passage of Julien Clerc this Sunday as well as the tour of the TV show Don’t forget the lyrics next Saturday, 12/11.

But also…

It’s party time for Taylor Swift. The American artist became at the beginning of the week the first singer to occupy the first ten places of the Billboard Hot 100 ranking, with ten titles from her tenth album Midnights. This is the first time that an artist has achieved this feat since the launch, 64 years ago, of the Billboard Hot 100, which reveals each week the ranking of the 100 most popular titles across the Atlantic.

As for Mariah Carey, she rejoices in a video that Halloween is finally over. She will be able to start counting the dollars that accumulate in her account thanks to the multicast of her hit All I Want for Christmas is You. Apparently, it causes him some sensations…

The musical news of the week: Louise Attaque, Anna of the North, Mathias Malzieu, Ibrahim Maalouf and Ofenbach