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She’s been famous all of her life, in France at least. Her father is a famous film director, her mother was the muse that inspired the iconic Hermes Birkin bag, she’s the face of Gyvenchy and a French it-girl. But Lou Doillon might now start to make a more authentic path of her own in the music industry, and this time, not only in France, but around the world.
She’s played the guitar at home for years, and her music made it to the ears of a French music producer via her mom, but she wasn’t sure she would be good enough. After some reassurance, she began talking to French labels, and finally produced her first album, Places. She’s the author of the lyrics and music of all eleven tracks, which are in English rather than French.
Through interviews, Doillon explains that music is much more intimate than acting or modeling. The lyrics are “bluntly honest” most of the time, she says, so writing and interpreting her music is what fills her the most.
The first single on her album reveals the story of when she fell desperately in love with someone she hadn’t seen and that she never saw again in her life. People actually stopped her on the streets, she said, to tell her they had felt her grief as the song reminded them of other first loves or dear ones who were now gone.
Doillon’s music is also about layers. Her song “Devil or Angel” speaks on a first layer of a couple arguing, on a second on the time people spend reacting, rather than acting, and a third layer goes to explain the fears that haunt people and how this ends in people always being disappointed or always disappointing others.
Doillon points to Siouxsie and the Banshees as the first revelation she had with music, and to her album as the first step in a new path where people finally will know her for her, rather than her famous upbringing. Be sure to check it out soon — or don’t be surprised if you hear it soon!
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