Two new albums – Oh la la!
Live at Zedel regular Fifi la Mer has released two wonderfully entertaining new albums. Her appealing vocals which convey a wonderful quality of almost childlike innocence but one shouldn’t be fooled by that because many of her lyrics contain cheeky and humorous twists. Fifi, accompanies herself on accordion and credits herself for whistling too (one can almost hear her chuckling at the the delight of this skill!) in this appealing and often humorous take on many French chansons and Standards across both two fun albums. She is aided and abetted by some truly wonderful musicians. Colin Oxley on Guitar, Julian Bury on Double Bass and Tenor Sax, Alex Garnett on Clarinet, Tenor sax, and vocals, and Olly Wilby on Clarinet and Tenor Sax. The songs are all arranged by either Fifi la Mer or members of the ensemble.They’re are the kind of albums that really make one smile. Particularly worthy of note are duets with Alex Garnett also singing inYes, Sir that’s my baby (Vol. 1) which also has a cracking bowed bass solo by Julian Bury, and the sultry Gee baby, ain’t I good to you (Vol. 2 -click here for video link) which also has some lovely Saxophone playing by Olly Wilby. Then there are also the delightful solo songs Les Champs-Elysee (Vol.1 _click here for video link) and the fabulous Serge Gainsbourg song and my personal favourite Comment te dire adieu.The two albums are also peppered with instrumentals.