La Maison Tellier is a brothel in Normandy, and the title of a novel by the great French author, Maupassant. La Maison Tellier is also a band. A band with a soulful story… the story of 5 young men who met for the first time at the age of 20, and created a band with strange family name and 5 old-fashioned first names, right out of a 19th century French household. Echoing the writer, their shelter is a happy mess, in which we find vinyls, banjos, basses and other instruments, waiting patiently for a good soul to bring them to life.
An Americana folk-rock, inspired by the most entrenched areas of the American soul and heartland. The audience immediately gets sucked in, carried by the magic of the great outdoors… Their arrangements have such incredible depth: We are reminded of The Band, with the first listening sending you back to 1968 in the Big Pink Woodstock studio, surrounded by rivers and woods. Harmonies carry the wind of the great outdoors, and their melodies are so classy they remind us of Crosby Stills & Nash.
The trumpet brings joy to these songs, like a New-Orleans style – almost Spanish sound, sometimes heard in Willy Deville’s best stage performances.
The voice of Dylan is heard in their stories, written by the fireplace, and we clearly hear a poetic, mischievous and tender James Taylor in some of the slow songs like “Riverchild”, and ‘The last days of Gram Parsons”. With “Please Do”, they bring back the Bee Gees voices with such skillful art that no one can tell they’re French.
Their third album, L’Art de la Fugue, was released in 2010 via the Troisième Bureau label.