Delightful indie pop from Belgium band Mièle. Beautifully performed and sung entirely in French Le jour et la nuit is great collection of elegant bitter-sweet songs.
Le jour et la nuit – Mièle – £8.99 + P&P
- Le jour et la nuit
- Chateaux de sable
- La chose
- Tu n’es pas là
- La Lumière
- La Veilleuse
- Campari Orange
- Corps fluorescents
- Dans la nuit
“On a formative trip to Belgium I discovered the pleasures of beer, paprika and chips with mayonnaise. It was the first foreign country I visited and yet I still remain ignorant about its popular culture, musically Belgium for me is Jacques Brel and judging from this second album from Miele, it is my loss.
Catherine De Biaso plays the naive ingénue and Stephane Daubersy the world weary Gallic philosopher see ‘Chateux De Sable’ and the title track for ample evidence that it’s not just lazy stereotyping on my part. I’d like their voices to twirl around each other more often as they do complement each other so well,
Catherine adds some lovely backing vocals to ‘Campari Orange’ otherwise they mostly keep themselves to themselves. There’s plenty of variety on offer ‘L’Inventaire’ is smeared with driving guitars and keyboards, the songs where Catherine takes the vocals like ‘Tu N’es Pas La’ tend to be more pop orientated (think Allo Darlin’) whereas when Stephane takes the lead the songs are somehow more Gallic more Serge Gainsbourg.
There are hints of Americana-Uk endorsed French popsters Orwell when Stephane is piloting, ‘Corps Fluorescents’ is typical of this, the music is slower it follows his lead, the shrug in his voice controls the song. The closing ‘Dans La Nuit’ stitches their voices together in a more tranquil setting; it’s a lovely ending to a satisfying record.”
– Dave Cowling, Americana UK
“Belgian chamber pop, sung in lustful panting French. ‘Le jour et la nuit’ is a shimmery opener: a slinky bass line beds the whispery vocals of Stéphane (male) and a tingle-tastic chorus takes us to a gentle gasping climax. ‘Châteaux de sable’ is a sweeter indie confection, sung by Catherine (female) with a little Hawaiian chic, perfect for streaking down the Rue de Berri in Nicole’s Renault Clio. My incomprehension only makes the music sexier. ‘La chose’ speeds things up with a pulsing bass, slick duel vocals, and toe-tapping guitar lines, blasting into a marvellous flash-fire chorus a moment later. Incroyable! ‘Tu n’es pas là’ introduces a bell to the proceedings and a classy backing organ over Catherine’s fast-firing verses. ‘La lumiére’ is a darker number: all shadowy sass and irresistible Gallic sibilance. ‘La veilleuse’ is dreamy! Oh Paris, mon amour, ma chérie! ‘Campari Orange’ is nice, though a little samey. ‘L’inventaire’ takes it up a notch: almost rocking hard for a moment before the pop sugar returns. ‘Corps fluorescents’ has a creative bass line and repeats a few guitar shimmers from before, but uses a nice little blipping effect. ‘Dans la nuit’ is a charming bedtime lullaby, a perfect closer. In summary: cet album est fantastiques. S’il vous plaît acheter cet album dès aujourd’hui! For the non-Belgians: I like this.” 8/10
– Mark Nicholls, Shout4music.com
“Belgian indie pop trio Mièle return after a four year absence and show that they have lost none of their sophisiticated French pop sensibilities whilst they’ve been out of the studio. Sung entirely in French with vocals shared between Stéphane Daubersy and Catherine De Biasio, “Le Jour Et La Nuit” sounds like passionate rage running up against a shrug of the shoulders. They even find some time for a bit of Hallidayesque rock ‘n’ roll. Elegant melodies and bittersweet harmonies give the album a real cachè that I’m not sure it would have if translated.”
– Neil King, FATEA
“Four years after their debut, Mièle are back with even more charm…reminiscent of the great French pop of the 80s. Very exciting.”
– Le Soir *
“Valiantly presenting their pop-rock in the language of Molière…fresh and unpretentious…Stéphane Daubersy and Catherine De Biasio share the microphone with a great sense of complicity.”
– Télémoustique *
“…with twinkling melodies and sheer elegance…simple song-writing confirming the old adage that ‘less is more’.”
– Metro *
* Translated from the original French
Mièle are Franck Baya, Stéphane Daubersy and Catherine De Biasio. The vocals are shared between Daubersy and De Biasio who perfectly compliment each other with his smooth Gallic baritone and her gentle, lyrical and at times child-like tones. A genuinely charming album for lovers of sophisticated French pop (Orwell, Tahiti 80).