Baby et Lulu – New Album & National tour
“Très charismatic pairing of sexy songstresses” The Australian
“Two lovesick songbirds in a melancholic pas de deux. Superb” Australian Stage
“It is impossible not to be charmed by the hypnotic voices of Baby and Lulu” Arts Hub
‘Lara and Abby combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic.” Alt Media
Baby et Lulu, Australia’s seductive French-language chanteuses, present their sensational new CD, ‘Album Deux’ (‘Album No.2’).
A truly magnetic musical partnership which has been seducing audiences since their debut release, much loved artistes Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) have recorded a second selection of classic and contemporary chansons, as well as, for the first time, a number of their own original compositions written in French. Baby et Lulu have enjoyed a new found poetic freedom in writing in the language they both love so much.
Produced impeccably once again by Tony Buchen (Tim Finn, Bob Evans, Dereb The Ambassador, Megan Washington) and Abby & Lara, ‘Album Deux’ features the prodigiously talented Baby et Lulu live band, boasting some of Sydney’s finest musicians in Matt Ottignon (flute, sax, clarinet), Julian Curwin (classical guitar), Marcello Maio (piano, accordion), Mark Harris (double bass), and Hamish Stuart (drums).
What does France and French culture mean to Baby et Lulu?
Lulu says: “I’ve been infatuated with France for as long as I can remember. It was at university that I discovered some of the great writers, poets and thinkers of France, including Derrida, Sartre, de
Beauvoir, de Maupassant, Prévert, to name but a few. The Sorbonne in Paris is the oldest university in the world, so it’s no wonder that France has long been a home of radical thought, yet presented with beauty and elegance. And of course, there’s also the French music, cuisine, and cinema which continue to enthrall me”.
Perhaps best of all – for both audience and duo – Baby et Lulu allows Abby and Lara the exhilaration of stepping into two sassy and playful characters in a veritable celebration of la vie française. A heady combination of feminine couture – from elegant to va va voom, seductive and witty banter, romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French, and the extraordinary musicianship of the band, leaves them and their audiences, enraptured. It is no surprise then, that Baby et Lulu continue to attract new devotees at their festival appearances (including WOMADelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Festival, Port Fairy and Blue Mountains Music festivals) and sold-out club shows across Australia.
Baby says: “For me, my love of French music followed my love of French language, food and sensuality. Parisian aesthetics are so captivating, even the lighting from people’s living room windows seems sublimely art directed! I still love to wander around Paris on a Sunday; the place is so quiet! And they close the shops; the French understand that, as a civilised nation, it’s important to have time to reflect, to switch off from the world of commerce; that an inner life is so valuable… They are not a culture uncomfortable with intensity or passion or melancholy. I was able to explore these aspects of myself without inhibition when I lived there as a young woman, and making music with Baby et Lulu affords me the same avenue of exploration and succour.”
Whatever the French connection and inspiration, it’s not hard to be swept away by the irresistible fun and folly which takes place whenever Baby et Lulu make beautiful music together. Voices that blend so beautifully, romance and seduction expressed so intelligently and humorously – these are rare commodities rightfully turning heads everywhere, and ‘Album Deux’ promises the adventure will continue.
Don’t miss out on your own Baby et Lulu expérience fantastique!
Baby et Lulu – ‘Album Deux’ Tour
Fri 24th April: Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Sat 25th April: The Basement, Sydney NSW
Fri 1st May: The Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Sat 2nd May: Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sun 10th May: Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Fri 12th June: Ex Services Club, Mullimbimby, NSW
Sat 13th June: Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Fri 19th June: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sat 20th June: Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Sat 4th July: Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
‘Album Deux’ Song Descriptions
1. Quand Je Pense (L. Goodridge) This is a sassy, bluesy number by Lulu. The song is about being driven crazy by desire! The lyrics of the chorus are simply “…when I think of you, I want to make love”.
2. C’est Le Top (A.Dobson) “You’re The Top” Written by ‘Baby’, this is the first song Abby ever wrote in the French language. It is a song about love and longing and rumination on life’s wondrous contradictions.
3. Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M’en Vais (Serge Gainsbourg) “I have come to tell you I’m leaving”
Serge Gainsbourg, one of France’s most prolific and celebrated bad boy songwriters wrote this aching breakup song, which was recently recorded by his son Lulu and sung by Rufus Wainwright.
4. Paris (C. Dalmais/S. Martel) This song is by modern French artist Camille. We love the playfulness of this track. It talks about all the aspects of Paris that annoys and irks Camille, but inevitably, she returns to her hometown, because, well, it’s Paris!
5. Les Mots (L. Goodridge) This folky ballad written by Lulu is about both the power and the emptiness of the written word, particularly in modern romance. “Words on the screen, suspended and ready to please, saying nothing and saying too much, without a word”
6. For Me, Formidable (C. Aznavour/J. Plante/G. Lees) When Abby lived in Paris in 1990, she had an American friend who used to sing this song to her all the time. It has quickly become a band favorite. A self-explanatory song in English and French.
7. Paris Se Regarde (Francis Lemarque) An homage to the city of Paris, this song was released in 1956 and has a classic waltz feel and showcases the brilliant playing of Sydney’s finest accordionist Marcello Maio.
8. Adieu (A. Dobson) Abby wrote this song while Baby et Lulu were recording this album. She had lost some people very dear to her and this song is an ode to them. It is about not wanting to say goodbye.
9. Je Cherche Un Homme (M. Emer/G. Pazman/Y. Bruyere) This cheeky song performed by Eartha Kitt means “I Am Looking For A Man”… “A Pierre, Paul, Jacques or Tom, it doesn’t matter, as long as it is a man”!
10. Tout Est Fait (J. Curwin, L. Goodridge) This beautiful song “What’s done is done”, was penned by Baby et Lulu’s guitarist Julian Curwin and lyrics by Lulu. It is about the despair of heartbreak. “I remember the eternal night in your faithful arms, what demon entered our sacred temple and took you for all time?”
11. J’aime Plus Paris (Thomas Dutronc) This sardonic song meaning “I don’t like Paris anymore”, is written by Thomas Dutronc, son of Francoise Hardy and celebrated singer Patrick Dutronc. He laments the hustle and bustle of life in Paris, saying it’s boring, too busy, and he’d be much happier in bed!
12. Bang Bang (S. Bono/C. Ayot/G. Poubennec) A great French translation of the original song by Sonny Bono and famously performed by Nancy Sinatra.
13. Hymne À L’amour (M. Monnot/E. Piaf/G. Parsons) A mash-up of Edith Piaf’s song “Hymn to love” in French, with Jeff Buckley’s English version of the song called ‘If you love me’. This song was written for Edith’s great love, Marcel Cerdan, who died in plane crash in 1949 when he was flying from New York to Paris to see her.