Pollyanna’s music evokes the damp skies and grey shores of northern Europe, but this Parisian folk-rock project has also roots in the south of France. Isabelle (songwriting, vocals, guitars), who was born in the French Flanders, spent her teenage years in the port town of Marseille, where she formed her first rock trio, John. In Paris, a few years later, she started up a more acoustic project, and John became Pollyanna. As a band or solo, she’s performed some 200 shows in France, elsewhere in Europe (Germany,Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark) and often in New-York (Sidewalk Café,Pete's Candy Store…). Pollyanna also proudly supported great shows in beautiful venues (Françoiz Breut, Julie Doiron, Wilco, Bright Eyes, Alela Diane...)
The sea is a major theme in Pollyanna’s songs, rooted in North-Western European folk (Irish, British and French) and American indie-rock music.Isabelle’s lyrics often explicitly evoke sailing and seas (Lokken, Friends, Tristan…), standing for the limit of a world as well as the hope for another one, lying beyond. In 2004, the sleeve of their first album, Whatever They Say I’m A Princess, showed a Massachussets beach, with a girl (a German friend of Isabelle’s) standing and gazing at the waves, looking toward Europe – whereas Pollyanna’s music is looking toward America. In a nutshell, that is pretty much what Pollyanna is about. Merging landscapes and emotions in quite a romantic way, exploring the melancholy of ordinary modern life. Musicwise, they are mixing various influences that are now typical ot the rising anglophone scene in France. Their second album, On Concrete, has just been launched out in Germany on "SONGS & WHISPERS".
released 04 June 2010
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