The collab between Bertrand Belin and Barbara Carlotti here in “Lentement” reminds me a bit of Serge Gainsbourg x Jane Birkin duet in “Je T’Aime …. Moi Non Plus”. Well, maybe that’s a helluva exaggeration. But there are similarities: they are both gentle, charmingly witty and sensual.
Been listening to this dreamy chanson non-stop since yesterday yet took a serious peek at Bertrand Belin’s discography. I really love his voice—I’m easily hooked on deep, velvet fog, golden gravel, baritone male singers. I find his musical approach is cool, too: slow paced and elegant songs structure. I like his city slick look as well.
Think Leonard Cohen shares smoky whisky with Jacques Brel in a small, dimly-lit bar in Paris. Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre’s frontman, calls him “the French Nick Cave”.
Began his music career in a band format in 1989, Bertrand Belin first rose to fame in 2010 via Hypernuit. His third solo album received an award from Grand Prix du Disque, the premier French award for musical recordings.
Bertrand Belin is also an author. He has published three novels.
Care for another glass of Lagavulin 16, Monsieur Belin?
Featured image via Bertrand Belin official Facebook page.