They are French, love cheese and wine (particularly wine from the
Minervois area in Languedoc, South of France) and are based in
torch songs to comedy via techno, trash pastiche and all points in
between, Marion Benoist and Fred de Fred have created something
strange and rather wonderful. Massaging your ears with their cheeky
bossa-nova grooves and sultry Gainsbourg-and-Bardot-esque vocals are
French duo The Lovers.
Their music has attracted a rapidly growing audience, reaching from
the duo’s adopted home of Sheffield to all over the UK, France, The
Netherlands, Germany and Singapore.Their recordings have graced TV
adverts and art installations and are even being used as a
grammatical teaching tool by Linguascope, and the French Board of
Cheeky and lustful tete a tete, amusing, romantic and at times
achingly sexual. If ever there was music that was created to inspire
a feeling of romance, paired with a sparkle of lust, then this is
surely it. Fred and Marion have had some stunning experiences so
far, some strange, all of them intriguing - from smuggling to bunny
girls, Roisin Murphy (Moloko) to Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), who wrote 3
songs on their first album.
If debut album The Lovers got the press hot under the collar - NME
described it as “A record so seedy it would make Serge Gainsbourg
blush”, just put it down to British reserve. As playful as a
swingers party at Salvador Dali’s house, it was also, as Mojo
pointed out, packed with “peculiar pop songs with an electronic
Anyway, to Pardon My French. Here, The Lovers are back where they
love to be - back in the speakers, recounting their sensual
adventures. The tunes are bigger, the lyrics even more cheeky (‘John
(With The Magic Corkscrew)’), their wine-fuelled bid for
entente-cordiale more forcused. When they’re cheeky (Friends”,
“Chickaboom” ) they’re irresistible.
When they’re steamy, (“Reverie De Lolita”, “Striptease For
Beginners”) you’ll be wondering why all pop isn’t this smart and
sassy. Don’t believe us ? Pour yourself a glass and move
purposefully towards the cd player. Don’t be nervous - Fred and
Marion are expecting you.
Love & Wine !
The Lovers 2nd album “Pardon My French” produced in Austin Texas by
Grammy Award Gabe Rhodes (Beth Nielsen Chapman, Willie Nelson,
Kimmie Rhodes, Billy Joe Shaver etc…)