Keren Ann

Often compared to the likes of Francoise Hardy and Nico, songwriter Keren Ann's noir pop ballads come filled with twisted, languid, melancholy and hushed, ethereal mystery. Born in Caesarea, Israel to a Dutch-Indonesian actress and a Russian-Israeli sculptor, Keren Ann Zeidel moved to Paris at the age of eleven and was raised on her parents' Serge Gainsbourg, Carole King and Leonard Cohen records. Between working as a waitress, teaching and playing guitar in a local band, she released her Suzanne Vega-inspired debut album 'La Biogrraphie de Luka Philipsen' to great acclaim in 2000 and became part of a successful songwriting partnership with Benjamin Biolay, penning Henri Salvador's best-selling record 'Chambre avec Vue'. Her first English-language album 'Not Going Anywhere' came in 2003, and she also wrote an album with Guy Chambers for British actress Sophie Hunter and formed atmospheric, ambient pop duo Lady & Bird with Icelandic artist Baroi Johannsson, before writing and producing Emmanuelle Seigner's 'Dingue' in 2010. She released two records full of smokey, chanteuse-pop gems for Blue Note records, too, before her beguiling reputation as a songwriter was enhanced when 2011 album '101' cast her as a sultry, femme fatale figure and the single 'My Name Is Trouble' hummed along to retro disco-synths and a delicate, hypnotic vocal melody. Described as "Norah Jones for Velvet Underground fans", Keren Ann also created gothic opera 'Red Waves' with Johannsson and provided the soundtrack to French comedy film 'Thelma, Louise et Chantal', before returning in 2019 with her eighth solo album 'Bleue'.

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