Bands like Vampire Weekend, Local Natives and Yeasayer are all the rage nowadays, because of the way they mix African music into their rock. Great bands, yes, but mixing traditional African sounds with folk and/or rock is something French artists have been (and are) doing for quite some time. Newest loot is Marie Tout Court, a redhead from Paris who's debut-album was just released. Gentle songs, with subtle African influences (guitar sounds, mostly) who takes the stage as if posessed (see?) - something she picked up from entertaining patients at psychiatric wards? Clarika, Jeanne Cherhal and Andreanne Alain are referencs, but Marie certainly has an own sound. Welcome in our world!
Marie Tout Court - Mon jardinier