Klima’s glow-in-the-dark star-spangled wallpaper

Klima - Angele David Guillou - watercolour Klima, aka Angèle David Guillou is a young and promising French songwriter who lives and works in London. I discovered her latest opus – the eponymous debut album Klima – at my local record shop (thank God some of them still exist and they still sell indie stuff like this) and I immediately fell in love with her very atmospheric and beautifully arranged record.

I picked up one of my favourite songs, fluorescent stars, in which Angèle is dreaming on her bed looking at the glow-in-the-dark stars on her wall paper in London while her friends are having drinks at a nearby pub. It reminded me of a similar night I spent in Brewster Gardens, near Shepherd’s bush a long time ago. I painted a small watercolour postcard depicting Angèle and her star-spangled wallpaper. I have also reproduced the lyrics of the song and provided a podcast excerpt (other bits available from her myspace page). Don’t forget to buy this beautiful record by clicking the amazon link or even better, go to your local record shop and buy it from them.

Angèle has a myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/contactklima and here is what the Sunday Times have written about her:

” Breaking Act’ in the Sunday Times KLIMA

Who is she?

A London-based French musician, Angèle David-Guillou. Her eponymous debut album thrums with haunting atmospherics, strange textures, lyrics about solitude among the multitudes – part chamber pop, part sepulchral electronica, it’s sprinkled with beautiful vocals, alternating between intimacy and aloofness. For fans of Cocteau Twins, Björk, the Knife, Sol Seppy, Hanne Hukkelberg and Cathy Davey, tracks such as Fluorescent Stars, Her Love Is Happy and Neverending are like the soundtrack to a private diary whose writer wanders round a sultry city, observing others and, crucially, herself before drifting home to write it all up and set it to music. The perfect summer album for people who like their music a bubble off plumb.

Dan Cairns

From The Sunday Times

April 29, 2007 “

Klima - Angele David Guillou - CoverIt’s Saturday night and I don’t want to go out

I’m staying in bed, watching the stars on my wall

my friends are in a bar

drinking beers and telling jokes

I’m here on my own,

counting the stars

so many of them

my eyes are closing.

1, 2, 3, 4 hundred

the noise from the street

is coming to my ears

but they have decided to be deaf tonight

concentrate on the stars

so many of them,

my eyes are closing

so many of them,

1, 2, 3, 4 hundred.

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8 thoughts on “Klima’s glow-in-the-dark star-spangled wallpaper

  1. Wow, I’m spellbound. I doubly enjoy your wonderful post: the catching watercolor and your attitude (you are talking not about yourself but express yourself through your promotion of other songwriter.
    That’s fine and that should be thus, but I cant visualize a single artist in my lovely country who would talk about something else than himself.
    In the light of above your post looks just the miraculous. That reality threates and coming to your website was the real miracle. Thank you for the healing.
    All the above is that wonderful purity that have captured me in your picture. THANK YOU.

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  2. Thanks Tom, very kind comment. Yours is a beautiful blog and I like your pictures. Your trees are particularly interesting, and I like the comments too. What country are you from, you haven’t told us in your about page? K Regards. Yann

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