Music is anything but a job to Yael Naim and David Donatien. It’s entwined in every aspect of life for these musical and romantic partners, who recorded their third album together in their family home on the outskirts of Paris.
“We never agree when we work, we always fight. It’s intense,” says Naim, 37.
“Sharing a creation is one of the more difficult things you can do,” adds Donatien. “Not many people share a book or a painting.” Nevertheless, it’s now 10 years since they began their successful partnership, recording the first, self-titled, Yael Naim album on rudimentary equipment in her Bastille apartment, with her often singing in Hebrew, and watching its single, New Soul, become an unlikely worldwide hit following Apple advert ubiquity in 2008. Naim is at her most soulful on Dream in My Head, a swaying, grandiose song that could be a Bond theme if Bond was Parisien. Trapped is another one the piles the voices high, with Naim reaching dizzying heights on her lead vocal. She’s singing with more power and feeling than ever before.
“This album is very different from the last one. It has more emotion. What we lived was stronger,” says Naim, talking about its literal life and death themes. “Suddenly life disappeared and life appeared. My grandmother was my first loss as an adult. I’m singing about what kind of person you become once you are in front of big changes.”
US TOUR DATES
12/6 @ World Café – Philadelphia, PA
12/8 @ Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
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New Yael Naim Video Directed by Stromae, Luc Junior Tam, and Martin Scali
Yael Naim, who plays at New York City’s Highline Ballroom on December 8th (France Rocks is giving away tickets to that show), has just shared a new video clip for her song Coward. In April 2015 an Internet surfer asks Paul Van Haver, better known under the name of Stromae, what’s the latest song that made him cry. “Coward from Yael Naim” the singer answers. The interview video by chance reaches Yael, who instantly sends a few words to her peer to tell him how much she’s touched. This song is in fact one of the most personal Yael ever recorded. In the end of the message, knowing his taste for movie direction, she suggests him to turn into pictures the song one day, sooner or later, no matter what. A year later, an answer signed Paul lands on her mailbox: if it’s not too late, yes, let’s make this movie, as far as it’s one of the main purposes of Mosaert, here.
Yael Naim has been declared France’s 2016 Artist of the Year.
Having accepted her award along with a touching live performance of “Dream In My Head” this past weekend in Paris at the 31st Victoires de la Musique (France’s version of The Grammys), Naim is gearing up to return to the U.S. next week for her first North American dates since 2011. The FrenchIsraeli singersongwriter also confirms that her criticallyacclaimed new album Older will see a US release later this year ft. exclusive content.
Mixed by Grammy winning producer Michael Brauer (Coldplay , Grizzly Bear, M Ward), Older has already gone Gold in France and features singles “Coward” and “Dream In My Head.” The album is a collaborative effort by Naim and partner David Donatien and was recorded in their home on the outskirts of Paris.
Further details on the forthcoming U.S. album release are still to beyet announced, however fans of the artist in NYC and Chicago are in for an early treat when Naim returns to the states for select City Winery Shows next week,. Revered for her soulful yet delicate vocals, Naim became an instant success both in her native France and abroad when her selftitled album went Gold in 2008. Lead single “New Soul” became a worldwide hit following an Apple advert handpicked by Steve Jobs himself.